Christina joined the WQAD News 8 team in August 2015. She currently works as a Reporter and Producer. You can catch her stories on News 8 @ 10 on Saturdays & Sundays, and on News 8 @ 9 during the week.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication in just three years.

During college, Christina interned at the top-rated station in Central Illinois, WCIA 3. She also wrote for the school newspaper, the “Daily Illini,” and was a member of the James Scholar Honors Program.

In her free time, Christina enjoys training for marathons, re-reading some of her favorite YA novels, and spending time with family and friends.

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Recent Articles
  • References to climate change removed from EPA’s website… again

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– Information about climate change is getting harder and harder to find on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. This weekend, the EPA scrubbed even more references to climate change from its website, a move inline with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s own beliefs. “I don’t know what it means to deny the climate,” Pruitt explained when he first became Administrator. “I would say there are climate exaggerators.” Pruitt rejects the scientific consensus that human activities are a primary contributor to […]

  • Flu season expected to be extra bad this year

    We’re heading into the holiday season, but it’s also the sickest time of the year. December through February is the peak flu season in the United States, and experts are forecasting a possible “flu-pocalypse.” According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of flu cases has doubled this year, compared to last. This year’s vaccine is only 10% effective. They’re usually 42% effective. Another reason for concern is that Australia had an especially severe flu […]

  • Iowa mom diagnosed with breast cancer weeks after giving birth; moms nationwide send her breast milk

    DES MOINES, Iowa– On top of the world. And at rock bottom. Iowa mom Jackie Holscher found out it’s possible to be both places at once. Six months ago, she welcomed her daughter Genevieve into the world. But just two weeks later, doctors diagnosed Jackie with a fast-growing, Stage 2 breast cancer. “I’ve barely even had time to bond with my new baby, and then you know you have thoughts of, ‘How is it that I just had this baby […]

  • How to get your child’s letter to Santa signed & stamped by the big man himself

    The most wonderful time of the year is also the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest. Between today and Christmas day, they’ll deliver 15 billion pieces of mail. Some of those have a long way to go. “We get tons of letters from children addressed to Santa or the North Pole,” said Mike Cooke, United States Postal Service Corporate Communications Manager. “So we do our best to get those to Santa’s helpers.” Each year, the postal service receives millions of letters from […]

  • Transgender teen files lawsuit against largest IL school district over denial of locker room access

    PALATINE, Illinois — Nova Maday, 18, says she just wants to be treated like everyone else. She’s a high school senior at Palatine High School in the Chicago suburbs. She loves music and photography.  And she is transgender. Nova believes if people put a face to her lawsuit against the district, they’ll understand better. “A lot of this is just a lack of human understanding and education to it,” she explained. Maday was born a boy but identifies as a […]

  • The government will shut down Friday, if Congress can’t pass spending plan

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congress faces another big week ahead. Republican leaders and President Donald Trump are facing the possibility of a government shutdown, on top of turning the tax bill into law. The first major hurdle of the week comes Monday night, when the House and Senate will work together on a compromise tax plan bill. But there’s another deadline looming this week: the government will shutdown on Friday, December 8th, unless lawmakers pass some kind of spending plan. That is […]

  • What does the Senate tax plan mean for you?

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– Negotiations for the massive tax reform bill ran right up to the last minute. Early Saturday morning, December 2nd, Senate Republicans passed the biggest overhaul of the tax system in decades. Senators were handed a final copy of the nearly-500 page tax reform bill just hours before last night’s vote. And after scribbling changes into the margins of the plan, Senate Republicans were able to make enough changes to pass it, paving the way for what will likely […]

  • Know your status and get tested: December 1st is World Aids Day

    December 1st is World Aids Day. The theme for this year’s event is “increasing impact through transparency, accountability, and partnerships.” In short: know your status and get tested. The Project of the Quad Cities is working to spread that message locally. Friday, they promoted their free and confidential HIV testing program. To get tested, people had to get a quick finger prick and fill out a survey. According to, more than one million people in the United States are […]

  • Breast cancer breakthrough: researchers one step closer to developing vaccine

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– It’s being called a major victory in the fight against a common cancer that kills 40,000 women every year. A doctor at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic is one step closer to making a breast cancer vaccine a reality, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant. Doctor Vincent Tuohy just received a $6 million grant from the Department of Defense. Now, phase one of testing can begin to determine proper dosage and safety. The vaccine targets a protein that’s found […]

  • Illinois men carry wheelchair-bound friend as a backpack as they travel the world

    CHICAGO, Illinois– Kevan Chandler has spent his entire life in a wheelchair. He’s always dreamed of traveling the world, but never thought it possible. His friends found a way. For them, leaving Chandler behind was never an option. “I have muscle atrophy. I have pretty much spent my whole life in a wheelchair,” says Chandler. But in 2015, that all changed. His friends were going backpacking in Europe, and they had the idea that Chandler could be the backpack. They […]

  • Homeless hero receives more than $375,000 in unexpected donations, says he will use it to help others

    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania– When Johnny Bobbitt, 34, used his last $20 to save a woman stuck on the side of a Philadelphia expressway two months ago, he didn’t expect anything in return. Now, the homeless man is being called a hero and is being helped by thousands. “I was driving down I-95 and ran out of gas,” Kate McClure, 27, recalls. “So I pulled over to the side of the road. He walked up, and he said, ‘Get back in the […]

  • “Small Business Saturday” helps keep money in the Quad Cities, compared to shopping at chain stores

    VILLAGE OF EAST DAVENPORT, Iowa– Saturday afternoon in the village, big crowds packed locally-owned shops for Small Business Saturday. It’s a day encouraging shoppers to visit stores in their own neighborhood: proving a small change in your shopping habits can make a big difference in your community. Kim Wessel, owner of the furniture store “Calla,” has been participating in the event since it started in 2010. She’s owned her shop for 15 years and has spent 10 in the Village. “We […]

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