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: Real Talk

    Wake up and do the work. Life and relationships coach Rumaisa Khawaja shares her strategies for staying on track and going after the things you want. She shares her morning habit that changes her mindset before she even has her coffee.

  • Davenport mom adjusting to life with newborn triplets

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — New mom Katie Licht has the routine down pat. Make the bottle. Wake the baby. Change the diaper. Eat, sleep, repeat. She does that cycle six times a day – or more- in these first months of caring for her newborn triplets. Lincoln, Callie and Dominic Licht were born in July 2019 at 34 weeks. Each weighed under 5 pounds and spent about 3 weeks in the NICU at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. […]

  • On A Mother Level: Licht Triplets

    Katie Licht tells all. She is a triplet mom from Davenport, Iowa who waited seven years for her babies to come. She opens about dealing with infertility, the treatment that finally worked, carrying 15 pounds of baby and life in the NICU after her triplets were born.

  • Davenport couple appearing on “House Hunters”

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Davenport couple will be featured on an episode of House Hunters next week on HGTV. Doug Dorris and his wife Lisa will be featured on the episode called “Dueling in Davenport”. The network released this summary. “A couple in Davenport, Iowa is looking for a home that’s more functional than their current condominium. He’s setting his sights on a single-family house. But she still wants the maintenance-free lifestyle that comes with condo living.” The couple is […]

  • On A Mother Level: Velvet Hangers

    We promise your house will be more organized, and you’ll have better style after listening to this conversation. Stephanie Bauwens-Rivera believes in the power of the velvet hanger. The stylist and closet organizer is making it easier to get dressed in the morning through her business Simply Stephanie. It all starts with the right hanger. She helps Denise make the most of the space in her closet while discovering her hidden stash of hooded sweatshirts stolen from old boyfriends. Stephanie’s […]

  • WQAD Helps Raise $5K for Dress for Success Quad Cities

    MOLINE, Illinois – Two benefits hosted by WQAD News 8 raised $5,000 for Dress for Success Quad Cities. News 8’s Angie Sharp and Denise Hnytka revealed the total during a special announcement on Thursday, September 5th. A Collection Drive and a Summer Social Benefit was held in August 2019. During the Collection Drive, people could stop by WQAD and place donations in one of the flood boots worn by staff members and volunteers of Dress for Success during the record-breaking […]

  • On A Mother Level: Faithful Feet

    A Geneseo, Illinois mom has faced heartbreak… twice. She’s turned that experience into a mission to support other families experiencing infant loss. Drew’s Faithful Feet honors her two baby boys in heaven – Drew and Owen. We also hear from Jessica from the Quad City Mom’s Blog to go over “Moms in the Headlines” with Denise. Learn more about the mission of Drew’s Faithful Feet and sign up for the 5K.

  • 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.

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