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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
  • 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 […]

  • Coach prevents accident with bus driver passed out at the wheel

    It was a close call for the boys cross country team from Geneseo High School. The athletes are calling their beloved “Coach Freddy” a hero, after he prevented an accident on bus ride. “I am not a hero,” Coach Don Fredericks explained. “I was the person in the seat closest to him, and I did what any person on that bus would have done. Come to his aid, come to the aid of all the children on the bus, and […]

  • Plane makes “unscheduled landing” in Whiteside County, Illinois

    Illinois State Police say a pilot made an “unscheduled landing” around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, August 31, 2014, off Buell Rd. near Milledgeville in Whiteside County, Illinois. Police say the teen pilot was lost and running out of fuel when he brought the plane down in a bean field. The incident was reported at about 8 p.m. The pilot is okay, and there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the plane. A preliminary report filed with the FAA indicated […]

  • Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker making 11 Iowa stops in 3 days

    Wisconsin Governor is kicking off a tour around the state of Iowa Friday, July 17, 2015 by speaking with voters in Davenport. The event at Modern Woodman Park drew supporters who want to hear more about his policies as Wisconsin Governor and goals if he was elected President. He will be making 11 Iowa stops over three days, including a visit to his childhood hometown of Plainfield, Iowa. Walker became the first governor to win a recall election in 2012, […]

  • Crews start work on former Ericsson School

    Work is underway at the old Ericsson School building in Moline. Heritage Church bought the building and is renovating it into a new church campus. Work will continue throughout the summer.

  • Retiring Moline teacher gets a cement truck surprise

    Vicki Birdsell-Baker is retiring as a teacher at Willard Elementary in Moline this year. As part of a very special send-off, colleagues and students pulled off an awesome surprise. She’s always been fascinated by cement trucks, so she was shocked and delighted when one rolled up to the school on Friday, June 5. Watch her unforgettable reaction.

  • Breast cancer rates increased in some local counties

    Helen Bolton’s whole career is about communication. Her students at Muscatine Community College come from all over the work to take her ESL class, learning English as a second language. Outside of her work in the classroom, she’s pushing another form of communication, encouraging women to talk about their health. It all started with the talk she had with her doctor back in 1994, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s still fighting today, more than 20 years later. […]