Gretchen Wirtz has been with HOI 19 News since 2001, when she joined the station as Weekend Weather Anchor and Weekday Reporter. In 2004, Gretchen moved to HOI 19 News Daybreak, where she does weather and anchors the news.
Gretchen grew up in Batavia, IL and went to college at Illinois State University. She also went to John Marshall Law School in Chicago and has worked in TV in Rapid City, South Dakota and Lansing, Michigan. Gretchen is a member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. She's also involved with the East Peoria Festival of Lights Queen Pageant, the Newcomers Club of Greater Peoria and the HOI 19 News and CEFCU One Class At A Time Committee.
When not working, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and her four step-daughters and five grandkids. Gretchen loves flip-flops, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", reading, scrapbooking and Diet Coke. Her dream job would be to sit at the table with the ladies of "The View."