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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    Pushing for more Women to run for office in Iowa

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The announcement that Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be Iowa’s next Governor has some excited about the future of politics. Maggie Tinsman served in the Iowa Senate for 18 years at a time she says wasn’t rare to see women in office. “There were more women then, then they are now,” said Tinsman. Before serving as a state Senator she was the first woman county supervisor for Scott County. You could say it’s been her mission all […]

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    Illinois Stopgap deal expires soon, leaving agencies wondering what they’ll do

    STERLING, Illinois – In just three weeks, the state of Illinois will once again be without a budget. The current stopgap deal expires at the end of the month, leaving universities and social service agencies once again facing uncertainty. For the past two years, it’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living. The agency helps people with disabilities live on their own. It has had to lay off staff, reduce hours and even closing […]

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    Village of East Davenport booming with business

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Tonight was the annual Christmas Walk in the Village of East Davenport and it couldn’t come at a better time for new businesses gearing up for the holiday season. “The Christmas walk is awesome it brings so many new faces down here,” said business owner Stephanie Sellers. However, people walking around this year will notice a few new things, like Baked. It’s a bakery and brewery that opened two weeks ago. “It`s been fantastic, we`ve been extremely […]

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    Exelon employee sticking around in hopes energy bill will pass

    CORDOVA, Illinois – A state House committee could follow the Senate’s lead and approve a new energy bill for Illinois that include incentives to keep the Cordova plant open. One worker is more optimistic now than he’s been for months. Taylor Vice has been working for a little over a year at Exelon Nuclear Plant. He landed what he calls his dream job after he graduated from college. He and his wife picked up and moved from Tennessee. However, a […]

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    RICO budget committee recommends $1.5 million in cuts

    $1.5 million, that's how much money Rock Island County needs to cut to hopefully get the county through next year.

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    The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is slightly down this year

    GENESEO, Illinois -Good news for shoppers as they head to the grocery stores this holiday season, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is slightly down. The farm bureau says this year’s average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner is $49.87 to feed 10 people, down .24 cents from last year. “So for a family of ten that`s less than five bucks a person,” said DeAnne Bloomberg, manager of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau. The best food deal is the star […]

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    Rock Island man with famous Trump Stamp: ‘It’s all a big shock’

    The tale of a Rock Island man who lost a bet and got inked with a Donald Trump tattoo has gone nationwide.

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    Business owner upset after city demands him to run a quieter gun range

    MONMOUTH, Illinois – A business owner says he’s not happy with the city, after receiving a letter demanding him to run a quieter shop. Business has been good at the Tac Shack in Monmouth. However, the owner Justin Lipes says its unfair that some people are taking aim at his indoor gun range. “Instead of coming and talking to you in person they send you a letter like you`re a criminal you know, so its frustrating,” said Lipes. Lipes got […]

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    Davenport academy has seen a lot of success despite tight budget

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A unique Quad City school had students take to the stage tonight. Not only are they performing music, dance and art, they’re proving an experiment in education is working. Students at Davenport’s Creative Arts Academy showed off to parents what they’ve learned this past semester. Some would say their talent is a reflection of the success the academy has seen since it opened two years ago. “We feel like we have a lot of momentum. The community […]

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    Special election to be held to fill Iowa Senate seat vacancy

    DES MOINES, Iowa – While the majority of voters are happy the elections are over with, the ads and campaigning arent’ over with in Scott County. Mike Gonzales, a police officer for the LeClaire Police Department is running for a seat in the Iowa State Senate. A special election is five weeks away to fill the seat held by Democratic Senator Joe Seng who died in September. Jim Lykam, who’s been in the Iowa House the last 16 years, was […]

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    378,461 pounds of food collected for 31st annual Student Hunger Drive

    That food that stays right in Quad City area. River Bend Foodbank serves 22 counties in Iowa and Illinois.

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    Loras College Pollsters explain why some polls were off about the election

    DUBUQUE, Iowa – Pollsters are taking heat after failing to predict the presidential outcome. Out of 67 national polls, tracking the race since October, only four gave Donald Trump the lead, according to Real Clear Politics. Most predicted a close, but solid victory by Hillary Clinton. Now, analysts are now trying to sort through what went wrong. However, one of the polls tracking the presidential race was done at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. This was the first year Loras […]