Julie starts her day early as co-anchor for “Good Morning Quad Cities” and “News 8 at 11”!

She joined News 8 as a reporter in September of 2000. She’s covered major events such as the record floods of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers and she has interviewed many presidential candidates swinging through the Quad City area.

In February of 2004, Julie was promoted to News 8’s weekend anchor and in 2005 to “Good Morning Quad Cities”. Julie anchored the Fruitland tornado coverage which earned the 2007 Spot News Award from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

One of her more challenging moments was in the summer of 2008 she anchored an extended “Good Morning Quad Cities” during the derecho while the station and the area was subject to a prolonged blackout.

Throughout her time at WQAD News 8 Julie has also worked on medical and health stories.

Julie graduated in 1998 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois with a degree in Speech Communications. She worked at WICD-TV NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, Illinois where she was an assignment editor and reporter.

Julie – known as ‘anchormom’ to the morning staff – is enjoying parenthood in raising three small children with her husband.


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    Let’s Move QC: Duane Spellious

    For 35 years one Quad City man has practiced Taekwondo, training and teaching thousands of students along the way. In our “Let’s Move QC” feature he shows us how 2 new hip replacements are helping to move him forward, not hold him back. Taekwondo is a way of life for Duane Spellious. The 7th degree master said, “the week I graduated from Moline High School class of ’80 I started started training with Taekwondo”. He says he had hip pain […]

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    A Mother Speaks Out About Her Experience with Sean Freese

    Funeral services are being held this week for the Davenport couple found shot to death in their home last week. Their 20 year old son is charged with the crimes and will be in Scott County court  this week. WQAD News 8’s Chris Minor talked with a local mom who knew the family and forbid the son from seeing her daughter.

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    Event gets people with a criminal record back on track

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – People with a criminal record are getting the chance to get back on the right track. One man who is on probation is taking steps to have a brighter future. Christopher Watkins is out on probation after getting in trouble for third degree theft. He said “the reason I’m here is because I made a bad decision.” Getting his haircut today, is one of the services offered to people with criminal records at this event helping […]

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    Clown on QC Campus?

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-It has been a problem across the country and now mysterious clowns are showing up in our area. Security Guards at Augustana College say someone in a clown costume walked around campus early this morning scaring students. This is just one of the many clown incidents being reported. Public Safety Officers at Augustana are looking for whomever dressed up as a clown walking around outside banging on first floor dorm windows Tuesday morning. Sam Schlouch at Augustana College […]

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    Will East Moline lose its parties?

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    Plans on hold for Galesburg Armory

    GALESBURG, Illinois – The Galesburg City Council voted against moving forward with plans to re-purpose the old National Guard Armory for now. Aldermen Peter Schwartzman says there are still options about fixing parts of it in the future. City leaders had been looking at several different options for the building that included a recreation center and event hall. Several votes have been tabled over the past few months. The 100 year old armory building has sat empty for nearly a […]

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    Niabi Zoo Moving Forward

    The Niabi Zoo is looking to hire new year round animal handlers after five employees left in the past few weeks. WQAD News 8’s Elizabeth Wadas learned there is more to the job than some might think. It’s one thing to be animal lover… but it’s another thing to be an animal handler. The handlers constantly check humidity levels and know exactly what is behind a door before they open it. Jessica Lench Porter specializes in the carnivores but today […]

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    Genesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: Smokey Black Bean & Corn Salad

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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: When coal was king in Rock Island County

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    Pay It Forward: Sherina Anderson

    It is back to school time and that means time to buy all of the supplies. But not just for parents, teachers often buy items for the classroom out of their own pocket. One woman is helping to lighten the burden. We surprised Sherina Anderson as she dropped off supplies at Lombard Middle School in Galesburg, Illinois. Teacher Jennifer Young said, “On behalf of Ascentra Credit Union and WQAD I have this to present to you for all the amazing […]

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    Pay It Forward: Amy Best

    When it comes to change, sometimes timing can make all of the difference. Michelle Martens and Amy Besst workout together twice a week. Besst is a certified personal trainer. “She came to me and said I want you to see the beauty that I see and I couldn’t see it.  I weighed over 300 pounds and I wasn’t able to see past the fat.  Amy said I’m going to work with you and I’m going to make you healthy and […]

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    Pay It Forward: The ‘Cookie Lady’

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sometimes a simple surprise can turn your day around. For years one lady has used her love of baking to help sweeten the day for others. “Here are some warm brownie cookies for you ladies.  Enjoy them,” said Susan Voyles – who is known as the “Cookie Lady.” Just ask her friend Sindie VanKirk. “She takes cookies or fudge or strawberry shortcake to a lot of different places,” VanKirk said. ” She’s either the cookie lady or the […]