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 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 […]

  • 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:  

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U of Iowa President faces no disciplinary action from comments on sexual assault

    University of Iowa President Sally Mason presented a six point plan to address the issue of sexual assaults on campus and the comments she made earlier this week to the Daily Iowan. On Thursday, February 27 Mason faced 200 University of Iowa students at an open forum aimed at generating ideas to make the campus a safer place. At the forum, she also revealed she too had been a victim of assault when she was in college. When asked about […]

  • First store ready to open in Davenport’s Elmore Marketplace

    Beauty Brands is ready for it’s ribbon-cutting Friday morning. It’s the first store to open in Davenport’s new Elmore Marketplace. The one-stop-shop for hair, skin and make-up products is located on Elmore Avenue, just north of the Lowe’s. Beauty Brands is a national chain with one other Iowa store in Clive. Store Manager Tammy Bell tells News 8 that the company is drawn to developments like the Marketplace. “I think that’s the way retail areas are going,” Bell explained. “People […]

  • Princess Diana’s wedding dress on display in the Quad Cities

    Starting Saturday, September 14th, people will be able to see Princess Diana’s wedding dress on display at the Putnam Museum in Davenport. “Diana: A Celebration” is a new exhibit showcasing the life of Princess Di from childhood to her royal wedding to her charity work. The centerpiece of that exhibit is her incredible wedding dress. Today the media was invited to see it taken out of its crate, by the only two people in the world authorized to touch it. […]

  • Iowa School Board Election Results

    Voters cast their ballots Tuesday on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities for new members of their school boards. The school board election results are posted here.