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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!


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    Breast cancer rates increased in some local counties

    Helen Bolton’s whole career is about communication. Her students at Muscatine Community College come from all over the work to take her ESL class, learning English as a second language. Outside of her work in the classroom, she’s pushing another form of communication, encouraging women to talk about their health. It all started with the talk she had with her doctor back in 1994, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s still fighting today, more than 20 years later. […]

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    Joan Lunden talks about life after breast cancer during appearance in Davenport

    Joan Lunden made an appearance in Davenport Friday, April 10th for a luncheon fundraiser benefiting Gilda’s Club in the Quad Cities. She told the crowd about the strategies for success that helped her as the co-host of Good Morning America from 1980-1997, as the mother of seven children, and her battle with breast cancer. Lunden has a new book coming out in the fall about her cancer journey called “Had I Known”.

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    Sneak Peek: WGNA’s “Salem” returns for Season 2

    “Salem” is back for season 2, premiering Sunday, April 5th on WGN America. From creators Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, the drama re-imagines the 17th century witch trials in Colonial Massachusetts. The show is shot entirely on location in Shreveport, Louisiana. News 8 was invited back to the set to get a preview of who lives, who dies and what becomes of Salem. The season opens with an all-out witch war, pitting one against another in an epic battle for […]

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    Victim’s girlfriend testifies in Rock Island murder case

    Testimony started Wednesday, March 25th in the murder trial of Aaron Henderson in Rock Island. He’s accused of robbing and killing Derek Jackson, a local tattoo artist. Jackson’s mother, Susan Poe, was in the courtroom as prosecutor started their case against Henderson. “I feel like he doesn’t even have the right to even look at me,” she said, about Henderson. The prosecution’s star witness is Allyson Schippers, Derek Jackson’s girlfriend. She testified that she was home when Jackson was murdered […]

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    Iowa judge rules, gives her final rose verdict to Bachelor Chris Soules

    Recently, Scott County District Court Judge Mary Howes got to meet Chris Soules and tell him who he should pick, Whitney or Becca.

  • Go behind the scenes of “The Bachelor” with News 8

    This is Season 19 of “The Bachelor,” but this show keeps finding ways to mix things up. This season stars Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer, as “The Bachelor.” He’s a low-key, down to earth guy who trying to find the right girl, willing to uproot her life and move to the small town of Arlington, Iowa. SHOW PRODUCTION Our day with “The Bachelor” started with a drive to Des Moines, where ABC producers invited News 8 cameras to follow along […]

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    Bettendorf family featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters”

    With a big bag of popcorn in his lap, 9 year old Trey Hartwell is watching his family’s story play out on HGTV on the Monday, February 9th episode of “House Hunters”. When the Hartwell’s episode premiered, they were watching it for the first time along with the rest of the country. Rasheen and Erinn Hartwell decided to move their family of four from Houston, Texas to Bettendorf, Iowa when Rasheen was offered a new job. Realtor Teresa Rule got […]

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    Behind the Scenes: A day with “The Bachelor”

    Chris Soules is the star of Season 19 of the Bachelor. From Arlington, Iowa, Chris is now looking for love in the Bachelor mansion. The show airs Monday nights at 7p.m. on WQAD. From 11, down to 7. Mackenzie, Samantha, Kelsey and Ashley I. were all sent home in Monday night’s crazy episode of The Bachelor, set in South Dakota. After one more rose ceremony, the final six will head to Iowa for a great week of dates, starting at […]

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    Parents alerted to possible case of mumps at United Township High School

    A letter posted on the school website alerts parents about a possible case of mumps at United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois. The letter is signed by Superintendent Jay Morrow. It reads that a person in the school may have contracted a case of mumps. Click here to read the letter. Mumps is caused by the mumps virus. It starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. People are usually protected from it by […]

  • Illinois community honors student-athlete with pre-game memorial

    Tuesday night’s game between Rockridge and Morrison was dedicated to Drake DeKeyrel, a freshman student who died on Christmas Eve. DeKeyrel, 14, was a three sport athlete, who played football, basketball, and planned to join the baseball team in the spring. Three weeks after his death, his family joined his team on the court to say thank you for their community’s prayers and support. The crowd wore royal blue, Drake’s favorite color. They stood and cheered as school leaders presented […]

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    Guest General: Denise gets ready to share the court with the Harlem Globetrotters

    The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to the Quad Cities on Saturday, January 3rd. The game, set for 7pm at the iWireless Center in Moline, will feature a guest appearance by News 8’s Denise Hnytka. Denise played basketball in high school but wouldn’t describe herself as a star athlete. That’s why we sent her to basketball boot camp with Kevin Skillet. Now the Athletic Director for Bettendorf High School, Skillet once played for UTHS and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Skillet had just […]

  • Brotherly Love

    Christmas in the Quad Cities… and Beyond!

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