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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
  • Illinois community honors student-athlete with pre-game memorial

    Tuesday night’s game between Rockridge and Morrison was dedicated to Drake DeKeyrel, a freshman student who died on Christmas Eve. DeKeyrel, 14, was a three sport athlete, who played football, basketball, and planned to join the baseball team in the spring. Three weeks after his death, his family joined his team on the court to say thank you for their community’s prayers and support. The crowd wore royal blue, Drake’s favorite color. They stood and cheered as school leaders presented […]

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    Guest General: Denise gets ready to share the court with the Harlem Globetrotters

    The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to the Quad Cities on Saturday, January 3rd. The game, set for 7pm at the iWireless Center in Moline, will feature a guest appearance by News 8’s Denise Hnytka. Denise played basketball in high school but wouldn’t describe herself as a star athlete. That’s why we sent her to basketball boot camp with Kevin Skillet. Now the Athletic Director for Bettendorf High School, Skillet once played for UTHS and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Skillet had just […]

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    Christmas in the Quad Cities… and Beyond!

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    How to make Denise’s Chocolate Christmas Trees

    These kid-friendly chocolate trees are super easy to make and perfect for your holiday table! Here’s what you’ll need. Chocolate frosting Vanilla frosting Full-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (You will need one cup for each tree, so buy accordingly.) Bag of mini Reese’s cups (2 per tree) Bag of Hershey’s Kisses (1 per tree) Assorted sprinkles. Related: How to make gift-worthy English toffee  Start with a mini Reese’s cup. Put a blob of chocolate frosting (that’s your glue) on the […]

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    How to make Cookie Turkeys for your Thanksgiving table

    I love trying new things in the kitchen, and this is a fun one. I’m bringing them to my family’s thanksgiving celebration in Muscatine. It took me about an hour to assemble 12 turkeys. Here’s everything I used. Double Stuffed Oreos (family size bag), chocolate frosting, candy corn, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Whoppers, white non-pareils, red heart-shaped sprinkles. There’s plenty of ways to modify these depending on what’s in your cupboard. Here’s how I made them! Start with two Double […]

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    QC businesses offering deals for Small Business Saturday

    Dozens of Quad Cities business owners are encouraging people to shop small, shop local on Small Business Saturday. Check out the special deals and events area businesses are offering on November 29, 2014.   Freight House Farmers’ Market- 421 River Dr. Davenport, IA. More than 35 small businesses are all under one roof, offering locally grown and produced foods as well as gift items such as artwork, gloves, scarves, children’s clothing, candles and soaps. Farmers’ market staff will give away […]

  • “Highfives and Handshakes” releases new song and video

    Moline band “Highfives and Handshakes” released a new video for the song “Color Party”. Check out the entire song by visiting the band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/highfivesandhandshakes  

  • Voters say ‘no’ to property tax hike for Bettendorf schools

    In a close vote, people living in the Bettendorf Community School District voted down a property tax increase to fund improvements to recreational facilities in the district.

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    Muscatine Police arrest man after fatal stabbing

    A 30-year-old man from Muscatine, Iowa was arrested for second-degree murder after a stabbing over the Memorial Day weekend. Cody Curtis was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Timothy Lane which happened Saturday, May 24, 2014. Muscatine Police were called to a home on Grandview Avenue that evening for a report of an injured man. Lane was taken to the hospital, where he later died. An autopsy showed Lane died of a stab wound to the chest, and […]

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    Update: Missing 5-year-old found safe

    UPDATE: Moline Police say the missing boy has been found safe. He was located by his grandmother just after 9:30pm. Tuesday. ORIGINAL: Moline Police are looking for a missing 5-year-old boy, last seen at the Salvation Army on 19th Avenue. Police say the boy’s mother last saw him riding a tricycle around 7:30 Tuesday night. The boy’s name is Jose Chapol. He was last seen wearing a white “Mario Brothers” shirt, black shorts, black and red Jordan shoes. He is […]

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    The Making of Salem: On the set of WGN America’s first drama series

    As the cast and crew were filming, WQAD was invited to go behind the scenes on the set of "Salem" in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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    Moline band Highfives and Handshakes brings music to News 8

    Six Moline teens brought their music to the News 8 studios. The members of “Highfives and Handshakes” describe their music as indie-pop/happy music. The band has a single called “You’re My Friend!” available on iTunes. The video is posted on Youtube. Like many bands these days, they’re focused on building buzz online and through social media in their search to potentially sign with a label.

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