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

Her career recently brought her back to the Quad Cities, where it started back in 2005.

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. She did her summer internship at WQAD, before leaving for her first job.

She 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 in Davenport. They love to travel together, recently taking trips to Italy, Greece and Costa Rica. Denise is learning how to cook, loves good books and roots for the Chicago Bears!


Recent Articles
  • On A Mother Level: Ugly Babies

    Would you know if you had an ugly baby? Join Denise Hnytka as she talks with the Quad City Moms Blog about passing the test.

  • Grandview Fire Department fills pools in time for summer

    GRANDVIEW, Iowa — The volunteer fire department is spending a lot of time by the pool this summer. Firefighters are rolling out the hoses to fill pools as a way to make some money for the department. This year, they took on their biggest job yet – a 30,000 gallon pool at a home in Wapello, Iowa. To do the job, the team fills tanker trucks and makes runs back and forth from the house and back to the station. […]

  • Doctors warned this Davenport family could have twins, but they never expected triplets

    Three babies. Two boys and a girl.

  • Andalusia school celebrates teacher’s 30 year career with big surprise

    ANDALUSIA, Illinois – Students at Andalusia Elementary School will never forget their fourth grade teacher. Angie Aten is retiring this year after 31 years on the job. Over the years, she’s become known for one thing: her big, yellow bathtub. Sitting in the corner of the classroom, the claw foot tub is painted bright yellow. It’s full of fluffy pillows. Two friends sit inside, reading to each other from a page about the Oregon Trail. There are two tub rules […]

  • Illinois mom fights for newborn screening for genetic disease

    An Illinois mom spent the day in Washington, D.C. meeting with lawmakers. Shelby Lyon from Aledo is fighting for newborn screening that would detect MPS or Mucopolysaccharidosis.

  • Aledo family raises awareness for son’s rare disease

    A family in Aledo is learning to take things one day at a time. It's their family motto in the face of a terminal illness.

  • Brand new car among the flooded out vehicles stuck on Pershing

    Her brand new Honda Civic is parked in a couple feet of water. She bought it four months ago, and it has only 3,300 miles on the odometer.

  • Chris Minor makes her mark reporting on some of the QC’s most infamous crimes

    "I think she's the best I've ever seen," Judge Walter Braud.

  • First year teacher making her mark on Jordan Catholic students

    Mary Nonnenmann cautiously walked up to her classroom at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, where Sister Clementia is standing in front of the class. “Sister? I would like to give you this reward, because you’re my favorite teacher,” she said quietly. Sister Clementia’s cheeks turned bright red as she smiled brightly back at Mary. She accepted the plaque Mary was holding with a warm, “Thank you”. Sister noticed the crowd forming in her room, while her students loudly cheered. […]

  • My Favorite Teacher: Honoring the little things

    ALEXIS, Illinois – When Katie Dutton was pulled out of class that morning, her third grade teacher, Mrs. Shimmin was a little curious. But it all made sense about 30 minutes later, when Katie walked back in holding a plaque. “Mrs. Shimmin you’re my favorite teacher!” Katie exclaimed. “So that’s where you’ve been,” Mrs. Shimmin replied, shocked. “Thank you, sweetheart.” Dutton nominated Mrs. Shimmin for WQAD News 8’s “My Favorite Teacher” award, sponsored by Blackhawk Bank and Trust and Western […]

  • The Making of a Marine: Graduation Day at MCRD

    The recruits of Company M, now officially Marines, are seeing their families for the first time in three months. It's graduation day.

  • The Making of a Marine: Taking on the Crucible

    Marines are made at Camp Pendleton in the mountains of southern California. Recruits spend three weeks there as part of their basic training. It all leads up to a 54 hour challenge known as the Crucible. The test takes place in the mountains, where recruits simulate a combat situation. There are miles of hiking over rough terrain. Recruits are pushed further with limited food and sleep. It’s meant to prepare them for whatever situation they may find themselves in, in […]

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