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: Power Moves

    Natasha Funderburk – writer, creator, runner, cross-fitter, designer, business owner, survivor. The woman who does it all as a wife and mother is sharing her highs and lows – including the trauma that fuels her every move to this day. We cover it all – how she lost 70 pounds, got mentally tough and launched her own active wear line! Find Natasha on Instagram @tashfunderburk Shop – Harper and Sky Read – Natasha’s Blog

  • On A Mother Level: Surprise Triplets

    You go the hospital for kidney stones and leave with 3 newborns. How can this be?! Denise does some light Facebook stalking to get to the bottom of this bizarre story.

  • Ladies of WQAD Plan Week-Long Benefit for Dress for Success Quad Cities

    Everything changed on April 30, 2019. That’s when the temporary flood wall in downtown Davenport failed, sending the mighty Mississippi River into streets and storefronts – including Dress for Success Quad Cities. In a matter of seconds, the nonprofit’s location on E. 2nd Street was underwater and in a matter of days, they were told to move out of their building. Thankfully, they were able to find a temporary location, but the search for a permanent location – and the […]

  • On A Mother Level: Sports Dads

    Denise sits down with sports anchor Matt Randazzo to talk about the early days of his career.

  • On A Mother Level: Mind Readers

    What's your number? By that we mean your enneagram.

  • On A Mother Level: Ninja Feet

      The patron saint of pregnant ambition, NaRhea Salzbrenner, joins Denise to talk about running a daycare business, working with your spouse and the time her son jammed a ninja foot up his nose. Denise explains why toddlers and porta potties don’t mix.  

  • On A Mother Level: Booger Eaters

    Kids are so gross. Let us count the ways. Jessica from the Quad City Moms Blog is back with Denise to talk about backhanded compliments and how to find a couple friends in the QC.

  • On A Mother Level: Easy Bakers

    Denise is joined by her friend Kevin Walker, a former DJ at B100 to talk about “The Bachelorette” for old times sake. Kevin shares the story of having a daughter through surrogacy and adoption and explains why the quality of Easy Bake Oven treats has gone downhill.

  • 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 […]

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