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
  • Update: Truck and outhouse serve as Seaton’s post office for more than a year

    The post office closed more than a year ago. Residents say the postal service's temporary solution isn't working.

  • Accused gunman fired at least 17 bullets into Illinois State trooper squad car

    The Massachusetts man fired at police in Atkinson in early October, police say.

  • Third cancer fight not dimming spirit of feisty survivor

    "It is possible to beat it even if the doctors tell you there`s no hope. You have to have hope,"

  • Davenport’s juvenile program is needed now more than ever

    DAVENPORT –  A program aimed at keeping kids out of the criminal system is expanding. It comes as police receive more reports of teenagers stealing cars. Since last week a dozen teens have been arrested some as young as 13. Davenport’s Diversion program now has more room to grow. On Tuesday, October 31st, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate its new space located on W 4th Street in Davenport. “It`s going to allow us the opportunity to work in […]

  • Rock Island County Board member eyes possible Lt. Governor run

    MOLINE – Rich Morthland says he got the call a week ago. “I was first astonished,” said Morthland. State Rep. Jeanie Ives is considering a run for Illinois Governor and has asked Morthland to be her running mate. The pair would challenge Governor Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary. “What we`re doing under normal circumstances would be wrong. It`s not good to primary your own seated governor but his actions have brought this on himself, he`s done this. We`re not […]

  • Davenport police react to rash of business burglaries

    DAVENPORT – Police say there’s been an uptick in burglaries. The target? Small businesses. “They`re a victim and it is demoralizing. This is where they make a living, this is their livelihood,” said Sergeant Mark Berger with the Davenport Police Department. Several of the businesses have been able to catch the thief in the act. Surveillance video shows a person breaking into a Boost Mobile store, busting the window to get in. “Somebody has taken advantage of them and stolen […]

  • “Omelet Lady” honored for her service to Monmouth College students

    MONMOUTH, Illinois – Penny McVey arrives to work before the crack of dawn. “It`s nice to be out here be with the kids. It nice to hear what they have to say,” said Penny. But, students have another name for her, “Basically I`m the omelet lady out here. I prefer to go by what the kids name me,” Penny laughs. On average, Penny makes about 110 omelets a day. If you add that to the years she’s been at the […]

  • Business owners take matters into their own hands after rash of burglaries

    DAVENPORT – Sherry Hopkins says is the second time she’s had to replace the glass to the back door of her business Ritzi Reruns. “This time they came into the store and the glass was on the floor and they got into the cash register,” said Sherry. Hopkins joins more than a handful of other Davenport businesses who were burglarized over the weekend. Surveillance video from a Boost Mobile store shows the thief throwing rocks or bricks to bust the […]

  • Pushing for more women in the Iowa Legislature

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – A group of women wants to change the face of politics “I feel like there`s a lot of little boys in the sandbox that it`s my way or no way and we really need to collaborate and work together,” said Ann Rhinehart. They want to see more women in the Iowa legislature. 50/50 in 2020 is an organization to push more women into politics. The goal is to have women make up 50 percent of the Iowa […]

  • 80 farmers come together to help Avon neighbor

    AVON, Illinois – Two months ago Andy Pecharich could barely stand, let alone take care of his farm. He’s recovering from a double lung transplant. “I`m making pretty good headway I think,” said Pecharich. Pecharich has learned if you need help, you don’t have to look far to get it, or even ask for it. “Great guy. He`d do the same thing if somebody else had a problem, he`d be there to help too,” said farmer Andy Schmalshof. On Thursday, […]

  • Henry County discussing township consolidation

    CAMBRIDGE, Illinois – The Henry County Board is looking at ways to save money and run the county more efficiently. “Our leaders are constantly telling us that there`s too many taxing districts and that`s whats killing the state,” said county board chairman Roger Gradert A new Illinois law allows residents to consolidate townships and that got the board thinking, what if they also combined school districts, or park districts and libraries? Right now, the county has 155 taxing bodies, 24 […]

  • Neighbors lock their doors and hide during Atkinson manhunt

    ATKINSON, Illinois – Heidi Frank has always felt safe in her small, rural neighborhood until Sunday night. Around 10 p.m. on October 15th she says she heard a sound, “It was a pop, pop, pop.” Frank’s house is right off Interstate 80 in Atkinson, where 36-year-old Shaun Nicholas Taylor shot at an Illinois State Trooper and took off on foot. “I mean we were a quarter of a mile away, too close,” said Frank. Frank, her husband, and her three […]