Denise is proud to be the co-anchor of News 8 at 5, 6 and 10.

Her career recently brought her back to the Quad Cities, where it started back in 2005.

Denise has been anchoring and reporting since her first days on the air at Western Illinois University. She graduated with a degree in broadcasting and a minor in economics. She did her summer internship at WQAD, before leaving for her first job.

She headed west to Sioux City, Iowa, where she spent two years as a reporter and anchor for KMEG 14. She got the chance to interview nearly every presidential candidate in the 2008 race.

Denise’s job then took her to Wichita, Kansas where she anchored the weekend newscasts at KWCH 12.

Her reporting about the discovery of 96 neglected pit bulls in Kay County, Oklahoma earned her an Emmy nomination.

Denise lives with her husband in Davenport. They love to travel together, recently taking trips to Italy, Greece and Costa Rica. Denise is learning how to cook, loves good books and roots for the Chicago Bears!


Recent Articles
  • Eldridge teen gets a callback at “American Idol” auditions

    CHICAGO —  American Idol auditions on Monday, September 11th attracted thousands of performers, but only a handful could get a callback to the next round. One of them is 19-year-old Harmoni Eiland from Eldridge, Iowa. She wowed the judges with her performance of “It’s a Man’s Man’s World”, earning her a return trip for the second day of auditions. Eiland was one of two Quad City area performers in Chicago, after winning a “Front of the Line” pass at Quad […]

  • NEWS 8 TRIO: 3 fair foods to make at home

    Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting. Denise and Johnnie are back to show us 3 ways to bring the fair to you, with something sweet, something fried and something on a stick! A must-have at the fair – funnel cakes! These are made with pancake batter. Something to wet your whistle. What’s sweeter than a donut milkshake? Chocolate-covered bacon […]

  • Bachelor Ben Higgins talks about his time on the show, breaking up with Lauren and what he’s up to now

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois — Ben Higgins loves golf. That’s why he was thrilled to be invited to the Quad Cities to play in John Deere Classic ProAm. He appeared on Season 20 of the The Bachelor back in 2016, but life has only gotten busier for him. He talked with News 8’s Denise Hnytka about his life now, his experience on the show, and his take on relationships away from reality TV. Ben’s been on the road a lot recently. […]

  • Bachelor Ben Higgins golfs to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois — 150 golfers came out to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley on Tuesday, July 11. This is the 16th year for the golf invitational that’s become the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. BGCMV supports 600 Quad Cities kids, ranging in age from 6-18 years old. It costs at least $1,000 per child to pay for the programs that support them each year. The organization is expanding with a fourth location next […]

  • One hurt in shooting in Davenport

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Davenport Police say one person was shot in an incident Monday July 3, 2017. Officers responded to a call in the 1300 block of Sturdevant Street around 3pm. Police say the victim is being treated for injuries but is expected to make a full recovery. Investigators say they are checking surveillance cameras on nearby Washington Street for any clues that can help them. No arrests have been made.

  • Bettendorf couple launches boutique exclusively online

    2017 is on track to set a record for most store closings. Credit Suisse estimates more than 8,000 stores could close by the end of the year. Already, 300 retailers filed for bankruptcy this year. That’s 30 percent more than last year, and it’s included giants like Payless, Gander Mountain and Gordman’s. A majority of the businesses blame a change in the way people shop, with more money being spent online. That trend was top of mind for Natasha Funderburk, […]

  • Former “Bachelor” Ben Higgins talks “Bachelorette” with Denise Hnytka

    During a Skype interview, News 8’s Denise Hnytka talked with former Bachelor Ben Higgins about Rachel’s season and the guys he is rooting for. “I like Dean; he came out as very vulnerable right away. I liked that about him, and a lot of the women love Dean right now,” he said. He’s also a fan of Kenny and Fred, even though Fred got eliminated after an awkward moment with Rachel. Related: Ben Higgins is coming to the John Deere Classic […]

  • Ben Higgins is coming to the John Deere Classic and you can party with him

    Season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins will be visiting the Quad Cities in July during John Deere Classic week. Related: Former “Bachelor” Ben Higgins talks “Bachelorette” with Denise Hnytka He will be spending time on Tuesday, July 11 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley Golf Invitational. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization. Tickets for the golf portion are sold out, but you can meet Ben during the event’s “After Party” at Short […]

  • Iowa woman shares her transformation into a Disney princess

    BETTENDORF — Emmy Cuvelier is a Disney princess at heart. She grew up dreaming of one day wearing a crown. That’s what she does as the reigning Miss Central Iowa. But she also lives the princess life by transforming into her favorite characters. Cuvelier works for Little Princess Parties in Urbandale, Iowa. She was first cast as Ariel, the Little Mermaid, to appear at events like children’s birthday parties. But her boss also lets her pursue a passion. She volunteers […]

  • The Home Stretch: An update from Denise with less than 3 months to go before baby comes!

    MOLINE, Illinois – The best moment in my pregnancy so far came at 26 weeks. I had a routine doctor’s appointment, including an ultrasound. Everything was normal about that scan. I usually lay back and wait for the tech to tell me when it’s safe to look, because being Team Green, I’m always afraid of seeing, or not seeing something that will give me a clue about my baby’s gender. So there I am, counting ceiling tiles, when the tech […]

  • 20 Weeks: Checking in on Denise’s pregnancy at the halfway mark

    MOLINE, Illinois – Every week, an app on my phone tells me how big the baby is getting, from a poppy seed to a pumpkin. At 20 weeks, my sweet baby is now a banana. But much like meteorologists use the ‘real feel’ temperature to tell you it feels like 104 on an 85 degree day, I think baby apps need to do the same thing. Baby may be a banana, but my ‘real feel’ is a 20 ounce steak, baked potato […]

  • How Donnie Wahlberg spilled the beans on Denise’s pregnancy

    DAVENPORT, Iowa-  “Can I tell them?” Gulp. On stage in front of hundreds of people, Donnie Wahlberg was about to spill a secret I’d been keeping for four months. “Ummm, okay!” It was, technically, my fault. I’ve known for weeks that I would be interviewing Wahlberg before his appearance at a Gilda’s Club fundraiser. Wahlberg first became a household name in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as a member of the boy band, New Kids on the Block. He […]