Jim and Denise Hnytka co-anchor “News 8 at 5”, the hour-long “News 8 at 6”, and “News 8 at 10” each weekday with Chief Meteorologist James Zahara and Sports Director Matt Randazzo.

Jim was the co-anchor of “Good Morning Quad Cities” with Julie Sisk for nine years starting in 2006. Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of “News 8 at 6:30” and a reporter for “News 8 at 10”. He’s also anchored the weekend broadcasts and was a reporter on the streets since he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of “The Cities”, a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station’s radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He’s received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim was president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association (www.ibna.org) and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association which is now the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (http://midwestjournalists.org), an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles
  • erie

    Mold discovery closes Erie Schools

    ERIE, Illinois – Erie Schools will be closed Friday, October 28 after health inspectors found high concentrations of non-toxic mold in the district’s elementary and  middle schools. “Even though our Environment Engineer has assured us that there are no toxic molds in any classrooms, we still have evidence that we do have high concentrations of non-toxic molds in several classrooms at the Elementary and Middle Schools,” high school principal Tom McConnell said in a statement. “We have been given specific […]

  • Chef Scott: Spanish Rice Stuffed Peppers

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – When Chef Brad Scott was growing up his mom would make peppers stuffed with Spanish rice. “Today, we’re going to kick it up a little bit with some spicy sausage,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. “Let’s get started.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (50/50 mix of butter and margarine) into a hot frying pan 2. Add 2 tbsp diced onions 3. Add 1/4 cup (per […]

  • Chef Scott: Seafood Pot Pie

    Chef Brad Scott bumps up the standard pot pie with a seafood combo that's rich in flavor

  • promo300232092

    POLITICS: Face to Face with Halpin and McGuire

    The Illinois 72nd Assembly district has been represented by Democrat Pat Verschoore since 2003. He's retiring, opening the way for a new face to represent the Quad Cities and western Rock Island County in Springfield.

  • promo300070753

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Foreign farming

    NEAR WILTON, Iowa – Most farmers would be done with harvesting. Not the Marine family in Muscatine County. They left some of their fields untended  because they were expecting guests.   It may be late for a harvest, but not for a lesson. About 20 Marycrest International University students left the classrooms for the cornfields. “We like to get the real version, the real, you know, machines of this size and what it takes to farm these days,” Muscatine county farmer […]

  • Chef Scott: Lovin’ Liver

    Chef Brad Scott says liver doesn't need to leave a bad taste in your mouth

  • ap

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fixing the Prospect Pavilion

    This is a story from the WQAD News 8 archives from June 2003 by reporter Mark Martin. MOLINE, Illinois – Moline city administrator Dale Iman wants Prospect Park to undergo a complete transformation. “What it is we want to do is restore this beautiful Victorian park to its original grandeur,” said Iman in a June 2003 interview. That would involve, first of all, restoring Prospect Park’s main Pavilion, turning this dirty chocolate brown structure into the way it looked in […]

  • Chef Scott: Tenderloin and Avocado Quiche

    Chef Scott says you can make pork tenderloins at home and add a unique side dish at a fraction of the cost.

  • akosovo

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Making an offer to refugees

    This is a story from the WQAD News 8 archives from May 1999 by reporter Patty Culhane. VIOLA, Illinois – You probably remember mom telling you not to play ball in the house. That’s not even a question here. This is where Susan and Terry Peroutka and their three children play, work, live, and learn. The old Winola High School leaves them plenty of space.   Just the thing that’s so sorely needed overseas. “We can very comfortably house a family […]

  • promo298334456

    HONOR FLIGHT: The Women Who Served

    WASHINGTON, DC – It’s been a long journey for a retired military nurse living in Henry County. “Whether you agree with the war or not, I felt like ‘If the men had to be there fighting it, somebody needed to be there to take care of them’,” said Donna Johnson, a retired veteran who took part in the inaugural Quad City “Honor Flight” for Vietnam veterans. The Honor Flight offers an airline trip to Washington, DC for a daylong tour […]

  • promo298678672

    HONOR FLIGHT: Touring DC

    WASHINGTON, DC – Vietnam War-era veterans toured a number of monuments during the second from last Quad City Honor Flight for 2016. The first flight reserved for Vietnam veterans took off from the Quad City International Airport on Thursday, September 15.  During that day the nearly 100 veterans saw the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery , the Women’s War Memorial, the World War II war memorial, and the Air Force memorial. This is the […]

  • promo298351636

    HONOR FLIGHT: Honoring a Man Who Was There in Spirit

    WASHINGTON, DC – When a charter jet arrived in Moline Thursday night, almost 100 Vietnam veterans heard the words they waited so long to hear. “On behalf of the President and the Congress, I’d like to thank you for your service to Vietnam and welcome you home,” said an active duty serviceman shortly after the flight landed at the Quad City international Airport. Just outside the plane, some two thousand people waited to welcome these veterans back home. But first […]