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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    Popular Belgian Village restaurant reopening in Moline, but with a twist

    MOLINE, Illinois – A long time Quad City favorite is back. Two years ago, the owners of the Belgian Village Inn in Moline closed its door, but starting on Thursday, April 28th, people can get their famous vanderuebens again. The business that opened back in 1977 is being reopened by a new generation. The previous owner’s daughter, Katie Manning is opening the business back up. “It’s cool to keep something like this going and have it be in the family […]

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    Brady Street construction plans made with business owners in mind

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – One of the busiest roads in the Quad Cities will be down to two lanes in the coming weeks, when work starts on Brady Street. Some business owners are already dreading it after seeing last year’s construction on Harrison Street. Last year Harrison Street in Davenport was closed to be resurfaced and business owners on that street say they took a financial hit. However, the city says they learned a lot from the Harrison Street construction, so […]

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    Galesburg aldermen argue that water isn’t to blame for lead problem

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Galesburg aldermen know there’s a problem to fix, but they don’t all agree on what that problem is. “We know that one, it is a fact that it is agreed upon by everybody that there’s no proven causation link between the blood levels of children in Knox county and the elevated lead levels in Galesburg water, as it is in the home,” said alderman Jeremy Karlin. Some alderman say Galeburg’s scare with high lead levels in children has […]

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    People want to see ‘The Mark’ make a comeback

    MOLINE, Illinois – iWireless has announced that it will end its sponsorship deal with the iWireless Center. The sponsorship dates back to 2005 when iWireless acquired naming rights and changed the venue name from The Mark of the Quad Cities to the iWireless Center. Some people have their own ideas what it should be renamed, “The John Deere center for fine arts,” said Marshall Smith. However, the majority of the people we talked think it should go back to the […]

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    Dubuque activists demand answers after cross burnings

    Last week police say they received a call that something was on fire. When they arrived they found what appeared to be two burned crosses. So far no arrest have been made.

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    Millions Owed to Illinois By “Overpaid” Cities and School Districts

    The Department of Revenue says over the last two years the state overpaid thousands of taxing districts, like cities, counties and school districts to the tune of $168 million. Now the state wants its money. $301,000 from Moline alone.

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    Budget impasse leaves some high school seniors thinking twice about college

    The deadline for high school seniors to choose a college is coming soon, but students wanting to stay in Illinois, the decision is a little bit harder. The state’s budget impasse has forced several public universities to lay off staff and not able to fund grants.  Guidance counselors tell us what advice they’re giving students. At Rock Island High School it’s been business as usual. “I think to some extent we are worried, but it does not alter the advice […]

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    High lead levels hit close to home for Galesburg family

    One Galesburg family found out their four children have tested positive for high lead levels. Jonathan Peel and his family moved to their home four years ago and while they love it, it’s caused more harm than good. “We should not have bought this house if we knew we had a lot of lead levels,” said Peel. Their two daughters had to be tested for lead as a requirement to attend school, both tested positive for high lead levels. Then, two […]

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    One year after deadly tornado, Fairdale rebuilds

    This weekend marks the one year anniversary that an EF-4 tornado killed two people and destroyed close to 70 buildings in Fairdale, Illinois. The community is slowly starting to rebuild. A year later, you can still see damage left behind. For Bearnice Jacobs the storm feels like yesterday. “Been through enough storms to know it don`t just stop like it did. I didn`t have time to think after that, grab a child and run,” said Jacobs. 20 lots now sit […]

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    Moline coach asking for help to find stolen softball equipment

    MOLINE, Illinois – A Quad City coach is asking for the public’s help in finding stolen softball equipment. The Quad City Heat Fastpitch team is warming up for the season, but before the first game, players have been thrown a bad pitch. “I didn`t expect somebody to stoop so low,” said player, Kelsey Freeman. Three weeks ago coach Chad Marshall headed for practice, but saw his truck was broken into and all of the team’s softball equipment gone. “The immediate […]

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    Bettendorf High School student charged in stabbing of classmate

    A 15-year-old student is facing charges after she reportedly stabbed a 16-year-old classmate at Bettendorf High School.

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    6th grade teacher puts a face to Galesburg’s cuts

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Teachers are learning a hard fact, with districts cutting back, many teaching jobs may be in jeopardy. The Galesburg School District plans to cut 17 teachers, many just starting their careers. It wasn’t easy for Dean Kamps to find a job right after college. “I applied to like I don`t even know like 50 jobs, had a handful of interviews,” said Kamps. He finally landed his dream job as a 6th grade world history teacher at Churchill […]

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