Jesyka Dereta joined the WQAD News 8 team in June of 2016. She is from proud Serbian decent and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Even though she’s a night owl, Jesyka’s alarm goes off at 2 a.m! You can catch her reports every weekday from 5-7 a.m. on Good Morning Quad Cities. She also fills in anchoring with Jonathan Ketz and Angie Sharp.

Before coming to WQAD, Jesyka spent 3 years in radio and TV as a producer and reporter in Salt Lake City, Utah. She held numerous positions at the ABC affiliate, KTVX and NBC affiliate, KSL.

Jesyka graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors of science in broadcast journalism and mass communications. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

When she’s not out reporting, you can find her working out, enjoying the outdoors, trying need food, volunteering, or spending the weekends in Chicago.

Jesyka has a soft spot for issues and stories that shed light on abused children, empowering women and young girls and animals. She has volunteered for the YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amnesty International and Rape Recovery Centers.

If you see her around, make sure to say hello! You can also contact her through twitter and instagram @JesykaDereta or email

Recent Articles
  • Pay it Forward: Protecting Earth’s landfills and oceans

    The average American creates about 4.3 pounds of trash per day. That totals about 447307.5 million pounds of trash in America per year. By digging through piles of trash, Karen Neder is looking to change how much trash goes into the landfills and oceans. “Then we have big garbage piles in the ocean that are dead areas and we have animals eating the plastic and we are eating the animals. It’s disturbing so something has to be done,” said Neder Four […]

  • Quad City Steamwheelers return for season

    The countdown to kick off is on as the Quad City Steamwheelers return to the Tax Slayer Center in Moline this weekend. The team’s first open is Sunday at 2 p.m against the Chicago Marauders. Team members Daron Clark, Joe Powell, Shawn Hill, Keyvan Rudd and Coach Cory Ross met with the Good Morning Quad Cities team ahead of the game to talk about what they’ve been doing to prepare for the season comeback. Defensive Lineman, Shawn Hill is from […]

  • Start by Believing: How to support sexual assault survivors and spot abuse

    The topic of sexual assault has been plaguing the news with new reports coming out every day. Some well-known cases are the Harvey Weinstein or Larry Nassar cases but the issue is also right here in our community. The issue has sparked the #MeToo movement and encouraging survivors to come forward. On Thursday, February 15 Survivor Services Supervisor, Ashley Velez joined WQAD on Good Morning Quad Cities to talk about the issue. When someone comes forward about sexual assault, it […]

  • Valentine’s Day Proposal

    Valentine’s Day is a big day for many people to say ‘I love you’ to their significant others, parents, children and friends. For one Davenport couple, they have even more to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Lucas Gosney entered into the WQAD News 8 proposal giveaway with a paid sponsorship with Revell Jewelers in Bettendorf. A panel of judges chose Lucas as the winner and 3 days before Valentine’s Day, he proposed to his girlfriend Morgan Danner. With the help of […]

  • Picking the perfect bling on Valentine’s Day

    Tis the season for love! The chocolates, candy hearts, “I love you”s and of course the bling, bling! Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away on Wednesday, February 14. While there are plenty of ways to show your love, adding some bling to the mix can make it sweeter and if you’re thinking of proposing, you’re going to need a ring. Getting engaged on valentine’s day may sound a bit cliché but it can be incredibly romantic – if […]

  • Davenport Superintendent: ‘I knew the consequences but someone had to stand up and do it’

    Davenport schools’ superintendent, Dr. Art Tate, is still unsure if he will have a job in education come June. Dr. Tate is being investigated by the Iowa State Board of Education for illegally dipping into the district’s reserve funds to help pay for unequal funding in schools. Davenport is one of many school districts in the state that gets less money per pupil funding. In total – Dr. Tate has spent about 2.6 million dollars of reserve funds. That equals […]

  • World’s TOUGHEST Rodeo returns to the QC

    Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to the TaxSlayer Center, Moline on January 26 & 27, 2018. The pre-show is from 6–7 p.m and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. At the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo, expect to see all your favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing a second time in the thrilling “Winner Takes All” Showdown Round. The Midwest’s fastest cowgirls will also compete in Women’s Barrel Racing. Along […]

  • Pay it Forward: Passion for piano lessons

    A Davenport woman is turning her decades of music experience into a way to help children through the power of music.

  • Wal-Mart hopes new substance could curb the opioid epidemic

    Opioid deaths are at an all-time high across the nation. In 2016 alone – The National Center for Health statistics says more than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses. Leaders for The Centers for Disease Control say opioid overdoses now kill more people than breast cancer. If someone is prescribed a drug, there is a risk it could get in the wrong hands and misused. That’s why Wal-Mart is hoping a single packet called Dispose RX could help curb the […]

  • Pay it Forward: Purses for Purpose

    A davenport woman is on a mission to get 5,000 purses but not to use for herself. Deb Bowen is always helping others in the community. For the past two years, she has worked tirelessly to help women in need. She started Purses for Purpose which gives women and girls used purses filled with basic essentials like; hand sanitizer, soap, deodorant, and makeup remover. “Deb is always there to help all of us. She has helped me in the work […]

  • 5 things you can do to combat holiday blues

    For many people, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year but for others, it’s one of the hardest times of the year. Clinically diagnosed depression and holiday depression syndrome can happen during any time of the year and for many reasons. Stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause people who are generally happy to feel blue, down or sad. For those who are clinically depressed, the holidays can only make you feel […]

  • Funeral services to be held for Shaw Family

    LOST NATION, Illinois – Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 6 for the family of six who died in a house fire in November. Timothy A. Shaw, 39, Melissa (Duncan) Shaw, 37, and their children, Ethen, 17, LeAnne, 15, Hailey, 12, and Dylan, 11, all lost their lives in a fire at their Lost Nation home just two days before Thanksgiving. Emergency crews say they got a call for help from 17 year old Ethen trapped in the basement […]