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Dani Maxwell

Dani in the dugout at Wrigley Field. Dani in the dugout at Wrigley Field.
Dani riding on Bloods Point Road in Cherry Valley. Dani riding on Bloods Point Road in Cherry Valley.
Dani skydiving with the Golden Knights Army Parachute team. Dani skydiving with the Golden Knights Army Parachute team.
Dani with two of her cats, Scout and CJ. Dani with two of her cats, Scout and CJ.

Evening Anchor/Assistant News Director

Dani came to WREX in December of 2001 as a news reporter and is now the early evening news anchor and assistant news director.

Dani is now the co-anchor of the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. newscasts. In addition to her on-air duties, Dani is also in charge of managing the day-to-day content in the 13 Newsroom.

Earlier in her career at WREX she anchored 13 News Today before becoming co-anchor of the 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Dani has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Illinois State University. She started her career in television at WHOI-TV in Peoria as a producer while in college. After graduating, Dani got her first on-air position at KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado. There, she anchored news, sports, and weather.

An avid sports fan, Dani competed in gymnastics almost all her life. Her favorite sports to watch are baseball and football.

Dani and her husband Steve live in Rockford.

Little Known Facts about Dani:

  • I did gymnastics all my life and even competed in Germany as a kid one year.  I also coached for a number of years.
  • I love baseball (and football and hockey and basketball and....) but mostly baseball.  My husband and I go to a new baseball stadium every year.
  • I am the eldest of 4 girls, but I am by far the shortest.
  • I love trying new adventures: horse-back riding through the Colorado Rocky Mountains; jumping out of an airplane; taking a ride in an F-15.
  • I have three cats and didn't buy any of them.  One was a gift from an ex-boyfriend; one my sister bought when she lived with me and left him there when she moved out; the third my husband and I found the day she was born and nursed her to health after her mother abandoned the litter.
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