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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    Sendoff turns into celebration for PV freshman who no longer has to have leg amputated

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Pleasant Valley High School had a yellow out for one of their own. The rally was for 15-year-old Parker Kress, who was preparing to have his leg amputated next week. Parker was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. Doctors found a tumor on his leg. After 17 rounds of chemo and six surgeries things were looking up until Parker got an infection in his leg. “Back in August we met with a surgeon and he said if […]

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    Quad City refugee group hopes presidential election doesn’t impact their mission

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – World Relief in Moline has helped several refugees start a new life in the Quad Cities, but with this year being an election year and immigration a big topic being discussed, the organization needs to try even harder to encourage people to help out refugees. A dinner fundraiser for World Relief  was held at St.Ambrose University. World Relief in Moline has helped refugees for almost 20 years, but this year is not like the others. “I realized […]

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    Quad City soccer club is mentoring players on and off the field

    MOLINE, Illinois – A Quad City soccer club is focusing more on teaching players values than scoring goals. Money can’t buy you everything and the Mid-American Premier Soccer team is proof of that. The soccer club formed four years ago started out with just a few players now has grown to more than 40 players. Coach Jason DeLaCruz and Jeff Barnes created the non-profit club to teach kids soccer and so much more. “We`re pretty much doing it from our […]

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    New grocery store in downtown Rock Island joins organic movement

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – It’s a first for Rock Island and long overdue. A grocery store is coming to the downtown area and it follows a huge movement with organic foods. Healthy Harvest is much more than a business to its owner Chad Summers. The store is under construction right now and will be the first grocery store in downtown Rock Island and will feature only organic food. It all started 10 years ago after Summers was diagnosed with an […]

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    Kewanee-Wethersfield consolidation heads to November ballot

    KEWANEE, Illinois – It’s a big issue that could change two school districts. It will be left up to the voters to decided whether or not to consolidate the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts. All that separates the Kewanee and Wethersfield school district is Division Street. However some could say that street says a lot about the two districts that were divided more than 100 years ago. “Wethersfield was founded first and then when the railroad came through town small […]

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    Fight almost breaks out after protester interrupts Bill Clinton’s Davenport rally

    A protester lashed out at Bill Clinton during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities for his wife on Thursday, Oct. 13. The protester starting shouting "Bill is a rapist," almost causing a fight.

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    VP candidate Mike Pence tells Scott County Republicans Trump is ‘a winner’

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Standing before a friendly crowd at the Scott County’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made it clear his running mate is still the right person to vote for. “You have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down, he is a fighter, he`s a winner,” said Governor Pence. He was quick to address Friday’s video release of Trump using derogatory words to describe women. “You know it takes […]

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    They’re ugly, smelly and invading the Quad Cities

    Windows, sidings, even air conditioning units, stink bugs are everywhere.

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    Some Illinois lawmakers want required background checks for umpires and referees

    DAVENPORT, Iowa –  There’s new legislation being drafted in Illinois that may surprise some parents that it’s not already law. It would require high school umpires or referee’s to have background checks. Rebba Carstens cheers for her son Dalton from the stands. “I’m probably one of the louder parents for better or for worse usually the kids will tell me that they can hear me,” said Carstens. As a parent she would like to know her kid’s safe with all […]

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    Local family stuck in Florida to wait out Hurricane Matthew

    ORLANDO, Florida – The Magic Kingdom is facing a monster storm. Thursday, Disney World shut down its park for safety. The Hillman family from Colona, Illinois was on their way there to spend their last day of vacation when they got the news. “It came though on my phone that they were shutting the park down for today and tomorrow,” said Jennifer Hillman. They’re vacation might be over, but their trip to Florida isn’t. “The airport told us at 6 […]

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    Popular escape game growing in the Quad Cities

    Bettendorf, Iowa – It may seem like a nightmare for some people, but for others it sounds like a fun game. You can find escape rooms in big cities across the country. Groups of people are locked in a room and they must solve different puzzles to escape before time runs out. It’s a game growing in popularity and could be growing in the Quad Cities. Scott Carpenter opened his business, Bustout Live Escape Game, in Bettendorf a year ago […]

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    Campaigns work to gain votes with Presidential election five weeks away

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – With the election just five Tuesdays away, both campaigns are doing everything they can to make some of those undecided voters swing their way. The calls are non-stop to convince voters why they should vote for Hillary Clinton.  With the election close, the Democratic office has been busy. “The best thing to do in organizing is to share our personal story and share a personal reason why we support Hillary,” said Chelsea Carrier, Democratic organizer director. For […]