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.
Before coming to WQAD, Jesyka spent 3 years as a producer and fill in reporter in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in high school, Jesyka landed a sports radio internship with 1320 KFAN. Then in college, she interned at KTVX – ABC 4 Utah and worked as a part-time producer for KSL 5 News Radio.
Jesyka graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors of science in broadcast journalism and mass communications. Three months before graduation, Jesyka was offered a producer position at KTVX where she was an intern two years prior.
Jesyka 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 Jesyka.Dereta@wqad.com