Julie starts her day early as co-anchor for “Good Morning Quad Cities” and “News 8 at 11”!

She joined News 8 as a reporter in September of 2000. She’s covered major events such as the record floods of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers and she has interviewed many presidential candidates swinging through the Quad City area.

In February of 2004, Julie was promoted to News 8’s weekend anchor and in 2005 to “Good Morning Quad Cities”. Julie anchored the Fruitland tornado coverage which earned the 2007 Spot News Award from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

One of her more challenging moments was in the summer of 2008 she anchored an extended “Good Morning Quad Cities” during the derecho while the station and the area was subject to a prolonged blackout.

Throughout her time at WQAD News 8 Julie has also worked on medical and health stories.

Julie graduated in 1998 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois with a degree in Speech Communications. She worked at WICD-TV NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, Illinois where she was an assignment editor and reporter.

Julie – known as ‘anchormom’ to the morning staff – is enjoying parenthood in raising three small children with her husband.

Recent Articles
  • Pay It Forward: Jerry Weir Memorial Dinner

    This Memorial Day hundreds of people will gather in Kewanee for a cookout. Its a tradition that started years ago by 2 men. Now one of those men is pushing forward and keeping the vision alive. That’s why Tamara Weir wanted to surprise Kenny Ryan with the WQAD News 8/Ascentra Credit Union Pay It Forward award. Nine years ago Kenny and Tamara’s husband Jerry started free community meals in Kewanee. “Jerry passed away, well June 8th will be 2 years […]

  • Bicycling and live entertainment mix for Tour de Brew on May 7

    Tour de Brew Quad Cities is a five-mile bike ride, on bike trails along the Mississippi River, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

  • Pay It Forward: Officer Bill Sattler

    School bus stops are a place for fun and friendship. Not just between the students. “He is just a great guy an asset to our community he really is.  Show these kids that the police are the good guys.  They are in your corner they are on your side,” said Wendy Hugunin. Hugunin says Officer Bill Sattler a treasure and an inspiration. Born and raised in Clinton, Officer Sattler has been a police officer in Clinton, Iowa for 18 years. […]

  • Chef Toby Shares Recipe for Grilled Bison Burgers

      Grilled Bison Burgers “Lower in calories, fat & cholesterol.  No added hormones, antibiotics or fillers.  More protein and iron than beef”   2 lbs. ground bison 1 tsp. Kosher salt 1 tsp. granulated garlic 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. ground black pepper Olive oil spray   Directions: Form ground bison into 6 oz. patties.  (do not overwork the meat and do not pack or press the patties too tightly, just enough for them to bind together.) Combine garlic, […]

  • Pay It Forward: Leanne Walsh

    One woman is helping her community change with the times. Her friend says she saw a need and came up with a solution to make the local gas station more than just a quick stop. “She doesn’t like to be the center of attention or anything like that but she needs to be recognized for what she does,”  says Nicole Catour. She says her friend Leanne Walsh does an awful lot. “She’s an amazing person, she’s done so much.  She’s […]

  • My Favorite Teacher: Ms. Reynolds

    Sometimes teaching is about more than teaching. That is the case for one student, who was struggling in middle school For Sarah McVey, teacher Ms. Rachel Reynolds, who teaches sixth grade, made a big difference at the right time. Sarah surprised Mr. Reynolds during an all school assembly at West Central Middle School in Stronghurst, Illinois. Reading the nominating My Favorite Teacher letter in front of the school. Sarah said, “she is a teacher that genuinely cares not just about […]

  • My Favorite Teacher: Nancy McClimon

    Teachers can impact students in several ways. One woman is helping to open up a love for different subjects and helping students feel safe and cared for. “Mrs. McClimon you’re my favorite teacher,” Natalie Cagle surprised her 3rd grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Dewitt, Iowa. “Mrs. McClimon is helpful and caring.  Science was boring but Mrs. McClimon makes it amazing and exciting. My classmates and I do interesting experiments,” Natalie said. “We do a lot of hands on […]

  • Pay It Forward: Jo Ellen Dollinger

      A community center in Monmouth, Illinois is helping people in the area through a food pantry, student programs and a thrift shop. The center reaches people of all ages and different needs. Carol Bowman says one volunteer is ready to help in anyway she can. “I nominated her because of all she does to make our community such a nice place to live.  Most of all because she is a friend.  When you need help you can call her, […]

  • The simplest thing you can do to save money on your groceries

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  • Pay It Forward: Giving a Voice to Mans Best Friend

    One volunteer from the Quad Cities gives much of her time to the cause of puppy mills, and she is pushing for change.

  • Healthy Heart Kitchen: Honey Roasted Parsnip Bisque

    Ken Croken from Genesis Heart Institute shares are recipe perfect for a cold winter day. Honey Roasted Parsnip Bisque (Light) INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs.                parsnips, peeled and rough chopped ¼ cup              olive oil 3 tsp.               kosher salt, divided 6 tbsp. honey, divided 6 cups             low-sodium chicken stock 1 bunch           parsley 1                      carrot, cut in thirds 1                      small onion, cut in half 2                      bay leaves ½ tsp.              black peppercorns 2 tsp.               white pepper 3 cups             reduced fat milk Cheesecloth   […]

  • Chef Toby’s Jerk Seared Tuna & Avacado for a healthy start to the new year!

    Chef Toby shares a healthy restaurant style meal, you can make at home!  A great recipe to make in the new year! Ingredients: 8 oz. Ahi tuna filet 1 TBSP. White sesame seeds 1 TBSP. Black sesame seeds 1 oz. Caribbean jerk seasoning 1 Haas Avocado ½ cup Nappa cabbage shredded 2 oz. Extra virgin olive oil 2 eggroll wrapper sheets (triangular cut) Soy Vinegar Sauce 4 oz. low sodium soy sauce 2 oz. natural honey ½ tsp. red pepper […]