Denise is proud to be the co-anchor of News 8 at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10.

Denise has been anchoring and reporting since her first days on the air at Western Illinois University. She graduated with a degree in broadcasting and a minor in economics. Denise was named Alumni of the Year in the WIU Broadcasting department in 2006, and now serves on the Alumni Council for the university.

For her first job, Denise headed west to Sioux City, Iowa, where she spent two years as a reporter and anchor for KMEG 14. She got the chance to interview nearly every presidential candidate in the 2008 race.

Denise’s job then took her to Wichita, Kansas where she anchored the weekend newscasts at KWCH 12. Her reporting about the discovery of 96 neglected pit bulls in Kay County, Oklahoma earned her an Emmy nomination.

Denise lives with her husband and two sons in Davenport. She’s the host of a parenting podcast called On A Mother Level – Check it out on Apple Podcasts or

Recent Articles
  • On A Mother Level: Sweet Eats

    Ally Billhorn started food blogging before it was cool. Ten years later, she is the chef behind Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats, where she shares her original recipes, cool new products to try, giveaways and gift ideas. She introduces Denise to the “Iowa Ham Ball”, her biggest food “fail”, plus they discuss how long it takes the average American to get irritated with their families around the holidays. Check out Ally’s blog here.

  • Dads join their daughters for Davenport dance class

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Dance Works invited dads to join their daughters this week at all of their dance classes. It’s a yearly tradition at the dance studio that usually starts with laughs and ends with sore muscles. News 8’s Denise Hnytka reports.

  • Denise’s Favorite Things: Wallace’s Garden Center in Bettendorf

    Denise found some great gifts, including a limited edition ornament you can't get anywhere else.

  • On A Mother Level: First Lady

    Julie and Johnnie Jindrich join Denise for this special Thanksgiving episode. They talk traditions, raising stylish women, and the thrill of a natural childbirth. Johnnie explains how she missed the first trimester of her pregnancy, and Denise celebrates a prestigious hair award.

  • On A Mother Level: Two Abes

    Denise shares a bizarre connection with this week’s guest. Maggie Reckhemmer is the eye behind Iron & Lace Photography and the mother of two kids. Back in 2016, Denise and Maggie were both in the same place, at the same time, naming their baby the same thing. Weird, right? Maggie also talks about turning a passion into a career, despite a lack of sleep.

  • On A Mother Level: She Climbs

    Emma Hicks is an entrepreneur, a dreamer, a creator. The Iowa girl is taking life at a slower pace, on the farm with her three kids and husband. She tells Denise about letting go – embracing the mess and harnessing your failures. Learn all about Camp Climb, a weekend getaway for goal-oriented women coming up in August 2020.

  • On A Mother Level: Gimme Gimmy

    Denise’s friend Rob Gimmy levels with her about parenting boys – the highs, the lows and the conversations you don’t want to have. Enjoy Gimmy’s rich vocals during this funny conversation about food poisoning, dingles and hand crank car windows.

  • On A Mother Level: BRCA Brave

    Ashleigh Petersen from Carbon Cliff had a decision to make. Faced with a long family history of breast and ovarian cancer, she chose her life over her breasts. For the first time, she’s opening up about the decision to have a preventative mastectomy, starting a family, and feeling like herself in a “new” body.

  • Element Moline offers perfect space for guests to relax after work

    MOLINE, Illinois — The Element Moline isn’t just a place to stay. It’s a place for guests to gather after a long day at work. The hotel’s only been open for less than a year, but it’s finding its niche as the ideal place for long-term guests visiting the Quad Cities. Four days a week, the hotel staff offers a happy hour style event complimentary for guests. It features local beers, wine and snacks including warm bread, olives and cheeses. […]

  • On A Mother Level: Mother Daughter

    Katy Miller never intended to go into the soap business. But her mother-in-law’s sugar scrub recipe changed all her plans. It’s a future her teenage self never would have envisioned. “I would love to see my 16-year-old face if someone would say, ‘Hey little girl, not only are you going to move back to the Quad Cities one day, but you’re going to make soap with your mom, and this whole thing will have been your idea.’ No way. This […]

  • On A Mother Level: Dad Jokes

    Chris Schlichting is making dad jokes great again. A father of 3, Chris is also a high school teacher and stand-up comedian hustling for his next great gig (not this podcast). Chris talks to Denise about the early days when his twin boys were born at 28 weeks and the time they went viral because of a sucker punch.

  • On A Mother Level: ADHD Brains

    This is your brain on ADHD. Jessica from the Quad City Moms Blog shares how she was diagnosed with ADHD at 42 years old and how she’s now able to help her son deal with it too. Denise talks about her humiliating 5K run experience and explains why working moms should get a break in the sick kid debate.  

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