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Jenna joined WQAD in August, 2012.

Born and raised in Springfield, she received a Bachelors in Radio/Television at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.
While at SIUC, she was actively involved in their live student-produced television newscast which aired on the PBS affiliate.
She then continued her education and got her Master's in Public Affairs Reporting at University of Illinois Springfield.

Outside of reporting Jenna likes to hang out with family and friends, read, travel, and cook.

Jenna looks forward keeping you informed, meeting the community and telling their stories. She is excited to be in the Quad Cities and would love to hear from anyone with a good story to tell.


Recent Articles
  • Hay judging provides stiff competition

    A group of competitors are fighting to be named the best of best at the Mississippi Valley Fair.  Some go for food and entertainment others go to compete. However, this competition isn’t your typical contest. It’s competition day and confidence is at an all time high. “I think I’ll do pretty well,” said Liz Haman, a judge. You’ll need more than confidence to come out on top when it come out on top when it comes to judging hay. “It […]

  • Fair food with a twist

    You can expect to see all your fair classics, corndogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, however this year you’ll see some not so traditional fair food on the menu. At Fried What you can hear the grease cooking all day long. Norma Bowers and her partner Barb have been frying food for years. “Started out with a little old tent two fryers from the kitchen,” said Bowers. What started out as frying twinkies has now lead to a very expanded […]

  • Alligator gets a second chance at fair show

    A summer tradition in the Quad Cities is in full swing for a 95th year. Thousands of people are packed into the fairgrounds in Davenport for the Great Mississippi Valley Fair. It has been going on since 1920. There’s something new around every corner at the fair and this year that’s even true for one of the entertainers.  The Kachunga show travels all across the country educating people about alligators. Now you can see the show three times a day […]

  • Community rallies around Muscatine teacher battling cancer

    A community is showing their support for a teacher as she recently was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s now in treatment and thousands of dollars have been raised within just 48 hours. A hospital room in Iowa City is Konnie Hurlbut’s new home for the next 26 days where she will receive chemo treatment. Just a month ago she was celebrating her wedding day with her husband Jacob. “We got married, went on our honeymoon in Mexico and got back and […]

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    Family spreads awareness after Bix tragedy

    This year the Bix 7 will be special for an Illinois family, dedicating the run to a loved one who never finished the race four years ago. The family is now trying to spread awareness to prevent another tragedy. “He kissed me on my cheek and said ‘I love you too’ and those were the last words that I heard from Johnny,” said Rosemary Chapman. Its been four years since Rosemary and her husband saw their son John. “You don’t […]

  • Runners, volunteers celebrate 40th year of Bix

    Thousands of runners from across the country will join thousands more here in Quad Cities for the 2014 Bix 7 race. Rookie runners, especially, will be able to learn something from those who haven’t missed one in 40 years and counting. For volunteer Eloise Caldwell, and her husband Phil, 2014 is their 40th year volunteering for Bix 7. Eloise was one of the three women to run the first Bix race.  She and Phil decided they wanted to help make […]

  • Foxes invade neighborhoods in Galva

    What started as unusual sightings of foxes has become an invasion that, neighbors say, is getting out of control.

  • Bus riders could expect longer commute during Centennial Bridge closure

    Just days ahead of complete shut-down of the Centennial Bridge between Davenport and Rock Island. Some people have learned their commutes will be much longer than expected. It’s one of the busiest routes for CitiBus. “I use it everyday to commute to get back and fourth to work everyday,” said passenger Ray Gray. That Route takes passengers across the river over the Centennial Bridge. However, along with everyone else they’ll have to find a detour when the Centennial bridge is […]

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    How your online posts could cost you big bucks

    Before you send out that next tweet or post a picture, you might want to think again. What you post online could raise your insurance premiums.

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    Arrest made in Carrie Olson case

    Police have arrested and charged a man she knew in connection with the death of Carrie Olson of Davenport, Iowa.

  • Iowa drive-in asking for community help to stay open

      The deadline to digital is getting closer, putting pressure on drive-in movie theaters to come up with the money to make the switch or go out business. One theater is drumming up support. On a Friday night you can find people at the Grand View Drive-In in Letts Iowa. All you need are some lawn-chairs, candy and a tailgate of truck to sit back and have some fun and once the sun goes down you can enjoy a movie […]

  • Bettendorf family’s overseas adoption halted by allegations of bribery and improper paperwork

    The government of the Congo has put a hold on the international adoption process, forcing a Bettendorf mom to wait even longer to hug her adopted daughter.