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.

Recent Articles
  • Pay It Forward: F.R.O.G Reading Program

    It’s often called the summer slide. A time when students experience a learning loss is often during summer break. According to the U.S. Department of Education, on average students lose the equivalent of two months of math and reading skills during the summer months. One area woman wanted to help keep the students in her community on track. “She’s just one of those people who does things out of the kindness of her heart,” said Donna Cooper. Four years ago […]

  • Toast

    Smashing Farewell: GMQC Says Goodbye to Jim Mertens

    After 9 years… Jim says GOOD BYE to Good Morning Quad Cities. No time to be sappy, the crew decided to let Jim smash some of the “morning” items he no longer needs. From an alarm clock to milk and eggs watch Jim take aim and take out some overdue anger over getting up in the middle of the night. Good Luck to Jim as he joins the evening crew! He will join Denise Hnytka anchoring the 5, 6 and […]

  • Pay It Forward: Inspiring Others

    Kelli Hoag says her friend Christina Anderson has turned the tragedy of her daughter's death into triumph.

  • Paying It Forward: With A Love Of Learning

    Volunteers play a huge role in many schools across the country, and a team of volunteers keep one local library running smoothly.

  • Pay It Forward: Nurse Kay

    One school nurse takes care of the bumps, bruises and medication and also makes sure the kids have the right tools to get through the day.

  • Mertens

    GMQC Marks Jim Mertens’ 20th Anniversary

    “Good Morning Quad Cities” spent a morning celebrating co-anchor Jim Mertens’ 20 years with WQAD-TV. He started work February 13, 1995, first going on the air two days later. He first anchored the news at 6pm and 10pm with Carolyn Kissal, Neil Kastor, and sportcaster Rich Henkels. He would later report for the 10 p.m. newscast before returning to the anchor desk to launch News 8 at 6:30 on September 11, 2000. Jim has co-anchored “Good Morning Quad Cities” with […]

  • Pay It Forward: Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico

    We "Pay It Forward" to a Moline man teaching area children about their heritage and culture through dance.

  • Pay It Forward: On a Mission To Give

    This time of year many take time to donate money, toys, or their time to help people in the community. One Quad City women says she wanted to help Pay It Forward to a local mission and the woman who is the driving force behind the good will towards others.

  • Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup

    Chef Toby: Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup

    Woodfire Grill owner, Chef Toby Christensen, makes a Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup in our Genesis Health Heart Kitchen that sneaks vegetables into your meal.

  • Pay It Forward: Volunteering for Festival of Trees

    The events and decorations for the Festival of Trees depend on hundreds of volunteers. One of those giving her time and enthusiasm for over 25 years.

  • Pay It Forward: Caring Canines

    Some special volunteers are helping lift the spirits of patients at one area hospital. How the program and teams are making a difference and Paying It Forward.

  • Pay It Forward: Man’s work in community garden appreciated

    Many people look forward to the growing season each year. A time when fresh tomatoes, peppers and sweet corn are plentiful, but produce can be expensive. A local community is working to help feed those who would otherwise go without fresh fruits and vegetables.


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