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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