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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
  • Wedding dad and daughter

    Dad refuses to give daughter away at wedding

    An Illinois man walked his daughter down the aisle, but refused to give her away. The bride says it was actually a very sweet gesture by her loving father. Newly wed couple Danellia and Kyle Vancil are still on a wedding day high and while they got married over a month ago, their wedding is now getting attention. “I’ve gotten emails and phone calls from all over America,” said Danellia’s father Mike Connell, a professor at Monmouth College. Their wedding […]

  • President Obama to announce immigration action

    Moving forward without Congress, President Obama plans to announce his own immigration plan tomorrow night, however the fight won’t end with this announcement. The President has threatened to act if Congress didn’t start to overhaul the country’s immigration system and on Thursday he’ll do just that. The President is set to use an executive order and take matters into his own hands. However, his unilateral action is not sitting well with the Republican party. Senator Chuck Grassley said that the […]

  • New plans on table for Rock Island County courthouse

    It could be a solution to problems with the Rock Island County courthouse. Judges had threaten to sue over the building months ago, but there’s a new idea on the table. The 1893 Rock Island County courthouse has seen better days. You can see the wear and tear throughout the building. “Unfortunately the maintenance hasn’t been done to it,” said board member Brian Vyncke. The ongoing discussion on what to do with the courthouse had been put on the back […]

  • Augie student remembers Washington tornado one year later

      The anniversary in Washington, Illinois is being marked here in the Quad Cities by a student at Augustana College. His family and friends lost everything, but now he and everyone else are looking ahead. Augustana football’s freshmen quarterback, Colton Marshall says its hard to believe its been a year since he lost everything. “Seeing your own stuff, your neighbors, your friends, everything else just thrown everywhere, unreal,” said Marshall. One year ago, Marshall’s day started out normal as he […]

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    Judge denies lesser sentence for former Mercer County Treasurer

    A former Mercer County treasurer is now behind bars, after turning himself in Friday, November 15, 2014.Mike Bertelsen made a last-ditch effort to get his sentence reduced, but the judge was in no mood to compromise. Bertelsen sat quietly with little expression on his face as he listened to the news he wasn’t hoping for. “Betraying the public trust as Mr. Bertelsen did even after serving his county as treasurer for 20 some years is the ultimate betrayal,” said prosecuting […]

  • Blame Game: Why Davenport spent record amount defending lawsuits

    The current and former city's attorneys say each others' conduct contributes to the high cost of lawsuits filed against Davenport, Iowa.

  • Mediapolis car burglar reportedly caught with tools of the trade

    A Mediapolis man, arrested in connection with a November car burglary, was also charged for one that happened in February 2014.

  • Former Davenport Senator hopes Ernst’s win inspires more women to run

    It was a packed house of cheering supporters at the Republican watch party in Des Moines. Republican Joni Ernst beat Congressman Bruce Braley for the U.S Senate seat. It was a win not only good news for the Republican party, but a move that made history. Ernst is the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa and overall the first female Veteran in the Senate. “Women can do this job well and I think Joni Ernst will show that,” […]

  • Nuns campaign for voters in Davenport

    Nuns were out walking the streets of Davenport earlier today, but it wasn’t for Halloween. They’ve been doing a little campaigning themselves, taking their message door-to-door. They started their campaign back in September. A 38 city tour that brought them to Davenport. However, they’re not political candidates themselves, instead they follow a high power, they’re nuns. The sister’s message is simple, they want people to get out to the polls this Tuesday. “People are feeling so depressed, so turnoff by […]

  • Davenport alternative school gives students a second chance

    It’s the big reveal for a brand new school in the Davenport School District, Mid City High School, an alternative school. On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Davenport School District showed off its a new alternative school, a replacement for the Kimberly Center. The district purchased this building off Marquette then renovated it into a 21st century learning experience for students. Inside Mid City High School, everything is modern and the technology is up to date. Students also get to […]

  • Hillary Clinton at Bruce Braley campaign event 10-29-14 (WQAD Photo)

    Hillary Clinton promotes voting during Davenport visit

    It’s one of the closest Senate races in the nation and you don’t need the poll numbers to prove it. Just look at the big name politicians in town, Senator John McCain, Marco Rubio and Speaker of the House, John Boehner in for Jonie Ernst this week. On Monday, vice president Joe Biden was in town for Bruce Braley and tonight Hillary Clinton fired up the deomcratic base in Davenport with the polls closing in six days. It was a […]

  • Downtown Moline celebrates 25 years of transformation

    A milestone in Moline, where years of work are clearly visible on the downtown streets now. It’s only the beginning of more projects to come. People strolling around downtown Moline on a Tuesday afternoon is a typical sight these days, but not long ago, getting people downtown, at anytime, was the goal. “We’re getting a surprising amount of people that are coming downtown Moline to visit us for lunch,” said Abraham Blair, director of kitchen operations for Brix. Brix opened […]


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