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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: Stretching Donations

    A friend says a Carbon Cliff woman is always looking for ways to make a difference.

  • Pay It Forward: Lighting the Riverfront

    One group of volunteers work for weeks to light up the Moline Riverfront.

  • Pay It Forward: Sketching Soldiers

    Milan artist gets "Pay It Forward" money as she creates priceless drawings of fallen soldiers.

  • Pay It Forward: More Than Security

    A faculty member at Rock Island High school is helping others start off the day on the right foot... and is being recognized for all he does.

  • Pay It Forward: World Relief

    MOLINE, Illinois-Arriving in America many refugees have very few possessions and often can not speak English. The World Relief Organization in Moline has helped several people settle here in the Quad Cities… depending on local organizations and volunteers for help. Rachael Snyder is a Case Worker at World Relief. She helps refugees get settled in Moline and one of those refugees now helps her. “We wanted to bring you here today to say thank you from World Relief. I nominated […]

  • Pay It Forward: Ann’s Helping Hands

    PORT BYRON, Illinois-It is back to school time for most students. For some that means news supplies, clothes and backpacks. But for others that just isn’t possible. One lady in Port Byron has been working for years to change that. Her goal to help others especially children has inspired so many others to give back as well. To show how much she is appreciated a friend wanted to surprise her and Pay It Forward. We quickly learn Ann McCarrol is […]

  • Pay It Forward: Doing It All

    The friendly Thrift Center in Davenport is a place in the community can get clothing and household goods a very low prices.... sometimes even for free.

  • Pay It Forward: Advocate for Aledo

    ALEDO, Illinois – As the school year winds down at Mercer County Intermediate School in Aledo, one teacher won’t be slowing down. The band instructor goes beyond the music for many projects throughout the year. Annette Speer calls Rusty Ruggles a tireless volunteer… as she enters the band room. “Mr Ruggels can we interrupt class?  You are probably wondering why we are here.  I nominated you for WQAD and Ascentra Credit Unions “Pay It Forward”  and you won!” “Thank you […]

  • Pay It Forward: Raising money for Special Olympics

    Milan Police dispatcher Tammy Bedford is at the center of the department's continued involvement in Special Olympics.

  • Pay It Forward: Washer/Dryer Surprise

    When a local mom and educator saw how a Long Grove Principal was going beyond her duties... she knew she wanted to something special.

  • Pay It Forward: Quad City Lady With A Wardrobe Mission

    From boots, mittens and coats a Moline wardrobe ministry is helping to clothe people in need.

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    Paying It Forward: Honoring Wendy Callery

    Nervous but excited Karen Kording can't wait to honor her daughter saying "my daughter is awesome and I think she needs recognition for what she does."

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