Jesyka Dereta joined the WQAD News 8 team in June of 2016. She is of proud Serbian descent and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Even though she’s a night owl, Jesyka’s alarm goes off at 2 a.m! You can catch her reports every weekday from 5-7 a.m. on Good Morning Quad Cities. She also fills in anchoring with Jonathan Ketz and Angie Sharp.

Before coming to WQAD, Jesyka spent 3 years in radio and TV as a producer and reporter in Salt Lake City, Utah. She held numerous positions at the ABC affiliate, KTVX and NBC affiliate, KSL.

Jesyka graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors of science in broadcast journalism and mass communications. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

When she’s not out reporting, you can find her working out, enjoying the outdoors, trying new food, volunteering, or spending the weekends in Chicago.

Jesyka has a soft spot for issues and stories that shed light on abused children, empowering women and young girls and animals. She has volunteered for the YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amnesty International and Rape Recovery Centers.

If you see her around, make sure to say hello! You can also contact her through twitter and instagram @JesykaDereta or email

Recent Articles
  • Pay it Forward: iCan Shine Bike Camp

    For many people, riding a bike is a skill we learn at an early age but for some people with disabilities riding a bike may be an experience they didn’t think would happen. That’s why Don and Dawn Passmore dedicate their lives to helping children with disabilities experience the freedom of riding a bike. “They have a son with special needs, so they are really aware of the unique challenges families have,” said Rebecca Wilson who nominated the Passmores for […]

  • Starbucks closing all locations for anti-bias training

    If you need a midday pick me up and head to Starbucks for your favorite coffee, you better do it before 2:30 p.m. Starbucks will close all its 8,000 stores nationwide at 2:30 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 for anti-bias training and will not reopen for the rest of the day. Business will however, resume as normal on after the training. The closings come after outrage and protests were sparked by a video showing two African American men getting arrested […]

  • YOUR MONEY with Mark: U.S. Trade Dispute with China

    Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, investment adviser Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics. On May 28, Mark discussed the U.S and China’s tentative agreement to end the trade dispute, the latest sentiment in the financial markets and planned interest rate hikes. Your Money With Mark airs live on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. To live stream our newscast from our […]

  • Pay it Forward: Giving animals a new leash on life

    Last year, Martin helped foster and re-home more than 50 pets.

  • Picking the perfect bling on Valentine’s Day

    Tis the season for love! The chocolates, candy hearts, “I love you”s and of course the bling, bling! Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away on Wednesday, February 14. While there are plenty of ways to show your love, adding some bling to the mix can make it sweeter and if you’re thinking of proposing, you’re going to need a ring. Getting engaged on valentine’s day may sound a bit cliché but it can be incredibly romantic – if […]

  • Aledo moms spend their day making other moms smile ahead of Mother’s Day

    If you forgot about Mother’s Day, here’s your heads up! Mother’s Day is this weekend Sunday, May 11. Most moms have their own ways and plans to celebrate the special day and a handful of women in Aledo are spending it by making other moms happy and feel appreciated on Mother’s Day. At The Aledo Flower shop located at 616 SE 3rd St, a group of women spent their morning getting ready for the rush of Mother’s Day orders. The […]

  • Pay it Forward: Ms. J’s Giveaways

    A Rock Island teacher is making sure students are never empty handed. Rashanda Johnson is giving back to kids in need throughout the Rock Island, Milan school district during her Ms. J’s Giveaways. Johnson, better known as “Ms. J” uses the own hard-earned money she earns as a teacher at Rock Island Academy to give back to the community she grew up in by purchasing shoes for students in need. “The kids self-esteem shoots right up and all the other […]

  • Pay it Forward: Gardening Club

    Elementary school students in Bettendorf are learning how to grow their own food. They get expert advice from Jim and Bonnie Smith who know a thing or two about gardening. The couple makes kids get excited about getting their hands dirty after school through their gardening club at Jefferson Elementary School in Bettendorf. The couple has been teaching students the importance of growing their own food for over six years. They volunteer their time and money to make gardening a […]

  • Pay it Forward: Retiring to Volunteer

    Usually when people decide to retire that means they slow things down a bit. For 22 years since retiring, Shirley Schwarz has spent her days volunteering for CGH Medical Center and the Whiteside County Senior Center in Sterling. During the week Shirley bakes a home cooked meal from scratch for the seniors. It doesn`t matter what`s on the menu, everyone knows they are in for a treat come lunch time. “She is on her feet 5 to 6 hours a […]

  • How Davenport Police are handling the increase of shots fired calls and juvenile crime

    On Thursday, April 12, 2018 Davenport Police Chief, Paul Sikorski joined WQAD on Good Morning Quad Cities for our Breakfast With… segment. He sat down with Jesyka Dereta at Tommy’s Café in Davenport to talk about the recent increase in shots fired calls and juvenile crime in the city. Chief Sikorski says his department is stepping up the number investigations when it comes to shots fired calls in the city.  The department has a new plan in place that involves […]

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for new mental health and substance abuse hospital

    Plans for a new mental health facility are about to become reality. Crews will break ground on the new Eagle View Behavioral Health facility in Bettendorf on April 12, 2018. The new facility will be located at 770 Tanglefoot lane in Bettendorf – located east of Interstate 74. The groundbreaking ceremony will start at four o’clock and is free and open to the public. Developers with Eagle View Behavioral Health won the rights to build the new $15 million facility […]

  • We Need YOUR Questions for Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski

    We are having “Breakfast With…” Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski live on Good Morning Quad Cities on Thursday, April 12, 2018. We will talk with Chief Sikorski about the recent increase in shots fired incidents/calls in Davenport and what the Police Department is doing about juvenile crime and the amount of car thefts that have been happening. We want our viewers to use this opportunity to ask questions they have about what is going on in the city as well. […]

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