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
  • 20th Quad Cities Marathon is this Sunday

    The Quad Cities marathon has become a fall sports tradition and this year, its celebrating its 20th year in the QC.

  • Farm to table: McKinley Elementary students grow healthy foods in school garden

    Students at McKinley Elementary School  in Davenport are taking healthy cooking and eating to a whole new level. 50 to 60 second grade students, their parents and teachers from the school started a Farm to Table – School Garden Cooking program to promote healthy cooking and eating. Vegetable are grown in a garden at the school and harvest every year. This year, students will take the food from their garden and make a Ratatouille dish that not only is healthy, […]

  • Davenport police head back to driver’s ed

    Quad city police officers are back in Driver’s Ed on Wednesday, September 20 for a special training session.

  • Niabi Zoo kicks off two new learning programs for children

    Some kids and parents may be looking forward to the fall and winter breaks from school, but that doesn’t mean learning should end. The Niabi Zoo has kicked off two new fall educational classes, including opportunities for children to interact with zoo animals. Animal Adventure Classes and Zoo Tots – Animal Tales, began on September 12th and 15th and will continue through the fall and winter. Animal Adventure Classes are designed for children 6-12 years old and Zoo Tots – […]

  • Play with puppies, drink beer, do yoga

    A unique event happening this Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. is giving back to the men and women who serve our country. The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (RIA AUSA), Bent River Brewing, Indigo Yoga and The Puppy Jake Foundation are all teaming up to hold a Puppies Yoga Beer event. The event helps raise money to train and certify service dogs that eventually go to a veteran.      […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal holds 9/11 remembrance ceremony and walk

    September 11, 2017 marks 16 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. To remember the lives lost, the Rock Island Arsenal will be hosting a walk and remembrance ceremony. The walk begins at 6 a.m. by Memorial Field in Rock Island. A remembrance ceremony will follow and start just before 11 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial on the Rock Island Arsenal. People who attend the ceremony also say it’s a time to remember the past for future generations. “It’s a […]

  • NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Grab your pup for this week’s craft, you’re going to need their help!

    For this week’s ‘Nailed it or Failed it’ segment, Angie was out enjoying some much needed time off, so I did this week’s craft. This weekend is ‘Hug Your Hound’ day so, what better way to celebrate than with a ‘Salted Paw Ornament’ craft? Although summer is ALMOST over and the holidays are a few months away, it’s never too early to get excited about them! Honestly, you can use this craft for any season because it’s so cute and a […]

  • Hope is in sight for previously cash-strapped East Moline School District

    The East Moline School District nearly closed down because schools were not receiving money from the state of Illinois.

  • Food truck frenzy could expand to Bettendorf

    Bettendorf city staff want to hear resident's opinion on what the city should do about food truck vendors.

  • Hidden in the woods of Galena is a place where adventure never ends

    For more than 58 years, a hidden gem found deep in the woods of Galena has been attracting families and couples from all over the country. 

  • Pints for Preservation returns to the Niabi Zoo

    The zoo's very own beer and wine tasting event will take place on Friday, August 25th from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Niabi Zoo.

  • Illinois Senate overrides Rauner’s school funding veto

    The Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of a school funding plan known as Senate Bill 1.