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
  • 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 […]

  • Self-defense pro says pepper spray is not enough protection

    Local self-defense experts say a stun gun or pepper spray is not enough to truly keep yourself safe from a potential attacker.

  • Coal Valley, Illinois couple wins “My Special Valentine” Contest

    Hundreds of WQAD News 8 viewers entered our “My Special Valentine” contest, telling us the sweet, funny, and sometimes random ways they met their spouses. They wrote us touching stories of the things that have kept them together for better or worse. We selected a Coal Valley, Illinois couple as our winners. Here is their story. Ron Kulig climbs on a chair to reach the back of the coat closet, where dozens of photo albums are lined up. He is […]

  • Nearby disturbance places fans at Bettendorf High School basketball game on lockdown

    A disturbance at a home in Bettendorf, Iowa prompted a lockdown at the high school and a standoff at a nearby home. Bettendorf Police responded to a disturbance call in the 2300 block of Southview Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa around 8:15 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2015.  A spokesperson from the City of Bettendorf said when they arrived, officers heard shots fired from inside a home. Police responded both to the home and nearby Bettendorf High School where a basketball game was going on […]

  • The truth and lies about those debt consolidation offers

    The average U.S. household carries $16,000 in credit card debt.

  • Watch: Father, son surprised with Cubs tickets

    A father and son, grieving a loss, have a chance to get away. It’s thanks to the kindness of others. Jack Bellmyer lost his mother to cancer a few months ago. “Jack, we heard you are a Cubs fan,” said Linda Baserra of the “Ride with Kelly” organization. “We heard they are in the playoffs. Would you like to go?” “You got two tickets here.” Jack’s dad Jeremy works for Matt Stern of Stern Beverage, Inc. who has season tickets […]