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
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    Business owners feel pain of Harrison Street closure

    It’s good news, bad news for business owners on Harrison Street. Good news is the project will be done sooner than predicted, but plans to open one lane on Harrison until then isn’t going to happen. It was just two weeks ago business owners on Harrison Street were singing a different tune. After being closed since August business owners were told one lane would be open by November 21st.  However, thanks to the weather, that didn’t happen. “When I got […]

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    How an Illinois woman’s life-altering disease led her to a stem cell transplant

    A local woman worried she had no more options for battling a rare autoimmune disease, then she became part of a clinical trial for a stem cell transplant.

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    Local woman risks her life with stem cell transplant to fight rare disease

    Jaime says she feels like a prisoner; she's forced to stay inside most days because anything can trigger her symptoms.

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    Gas prices fall as oil prices are at lowest point since August

    Prices at gas stations in the Quad Cities area were near, if not below, that $2-a-gallon mark as crude oil fell below $40 per barrel.

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    Two years later: Washington continues to heal and rebuild

    The Washington community came together to remember the storm that took everything two years ago. The recovery and healing process continues to this day. A year and half ago you could start to see progress. For Dianna Wara that meant a new foundation. “We lost everything,” said Wara. Two years ago an EF-4 tornado came through Washington, Illinois, a memory that’s still fresh in many people’s minds. More than 1,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and three lives were taken. […]

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    Background checks will soon be required to get on the Arsenal

    New security changes are coming to the Rock Island Arsenal, soon it will be harder to get on the island. Visitors wanting to get on the Rock Island Arsenal will soon have only one option, at their new visitor control center at the Moline entrance. “We are implementing new processes that have been pushed down from the Department of Defense and Department of the Army,” said Tj Suarez, the Chief of Physical Security on the Arsenal. Employees or those living […]

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    Yoga project offers peace for Veterans with PTSD

      Events were held all over the country, honoring Veterans today, but at St. Ambrose University there was a celebration of a new kind. People grabbed a mat, got in position and slowly started to unwind. It was your typical yoga class but Wednesday night’s class was a little bit different. It was put on to bring aware to the Veterans Yoga Project, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Veterans. Yoga instructor Calista Crouthamel […]

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    Rock Island still waiting for state payments

    Cities across Illinois are waiting for millions of dollars in state paychecks, but some are being told that might not happen now. As the Rock Island city council looks over the city budget, it can’t help but notice there are some lines missing, money the state of Illinois is withholding. Rock Island hasn’t received from gaming or motor fuel tax in all of 2015. “We`ve been told all along that all this money is piling up and as soon as […]

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    Rock Island County farmers say proposed tax hike will be a “double whammy”

    It will be a double whammy for Rock Island County farmers if a proposed tax hike is passed. Their assessed valuations for their homes have already gone up this year and now their property taxes could go up as well. The county is looking at a proposed hike of $38 on a $100,000 assessed property value. It’s a move that hasn’t happened in 18 years. County Administrator Dave Ross says it’s a move that’s necessary, to boost the counties IRMF […]

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    Transportation plan changes proposed in Moline

    With new projects coming to Moline, the city is working to figure out ways to get people around. There’s a lot going on in Moline, from projects like the continued growth at Western Illinois University Quad City campus, the I-74 bridge project and the Multimodal Q Station. “We`re really drilling down into the details and looking how we can better connect the riverfront with the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Moline’s city planner, Jeff Anderson. That means coming up with a better […]

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    No candidates, no problem for Atalissa, Iowa

    It was an election without a single candidate running in Atalissa, Iowa. Just four positions, including Mayor were up for grabs with no one to choose. Out of the 271 people living in Atalissa, Iowa it seemed no one wanted to run it. The deadline to turn candidate paperwork was in September, but the deadline had passed and nothing was turned in for the four positions, three city council spots and mayor. “I think everyone thought that somebody would run […]

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    Auditor’s office still reviewing Atalissa’s votes

    The small town of Atalissa, Iowa won’t know election results until tomorrow. The deadline for a candidate was back in September and no one turned in paperwork to run. 64 voters turned out at the polls, all were write-ins and all the votes were hand counted. There were four city openings including the mayor’s office and three out of the five city council positions. The Muscatine County Auditor’s office says since it is a write in election it will take […]


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