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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    Gov. Rauner signs bill requiring schools and day cares to test for lead

    MOLINE, Illinois – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill requiring schools and day cares to test drinking water for lead. At the Moline Kids Campus, it’s all about helping children grow, but most of all to provide a safe place for the more than 100 children in its care. “If it`s not a safe environment something`s got to be done to fix it,” said owner, Jim Wood. Illinois currently mandates all day cares to test children for lead,but now […]

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    Neighbor says abandoned mobile home park remains an eyesore

    SCOTT COUNTY, Iowa – A Quad City man says he wants the eyesore behind his house cleaned up. Jerry Tracy did a lot of work to make his house a home, “I opened the kitchen up, I put new roofs on it, I put new windows in it, new doors, new siding.” However, now that work often goes unnoticed. “No matter what I do to my house it`s still going to look bad because of what`s around it,” said Tracy. […]

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    The push to kick Speaker Mike Madigan out fails

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A push to bring new leadership to Illinois failed in Springfield today. The new General Assembly voted to keep Michael Madigan as the Speaker of the House. Protestors stood outside the University of Illinois Springfield to send a message to lawmakers inside. “Getting Madigan out of that extremely powerful post he`s held for so many of years this is the first step getting reform back to our state,” said protestor Austin Berg. The other half were protesting […]

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    Former juvenile center brings new purpose to Kewanee

    The Kewanee Youth Center will soon serve a new purpose. It closed last July, delivering a huge blow to the community and leaving hundreds out of work.

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    Local Obamacare supporters calling on Congress to oppose repeal

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Local supporters of Obamacare are sending a message to Congress, have something in place before you get rid of the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan has pledged that Republicans will finish legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare this year, but hospitals and doctors are saying a solid plan needs to be in place before repealing the healthcare law. On Thursday, January 5th, a group of people got together at Genesis West in Davenport to express […]

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    Parent’s worries grow as Illinois budget stalemate continues

    KEWANEE, Illinois – Illinois has set a record for going the longest time without passing a state budget. It’s leaving some people with little confidence the job will get done. Mike Nichols watches his daughter play basketball from the sidelines, but there’s another game he’s worried about, the political game among lawmakers in Springfield. “Well it’s disappointing that they can`t come to some sort of consensus on the budget issue,” said Nichols. Lawmakers will start a new session on January […]

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    Muscatine man warns about fake money scam on swap sites

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – Police say they are seeing a new type of scam in our area. It involves popular swap sites and phony money. Dalton Clevenger was just looking to make some extra cash. He posted an iPhone for sale on a swap site. “I happened to get someone interested,” said Clevenger. After messaging back and forth with the guy, “The person that message me said you know all he had two $100 dollar bills and if had any change […]

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    Neighbors and non-profit coming together to rebuild Keystone neighborhood

    Work in the Keystone Neighborhood is expected to pick up again in the spring of 2017.

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    The community pays tribute to Ellis Kell

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A tribute was held at the River Music Experience for Ellis Kell, who suddenly passed away last week after being diagnosed with cancer. He was a mainstay and mentor on the Quad City music scene for more than three decades. “This is an important outlet for them to be able to show their emotions, show what they`re going through and be able to pay homage to such an important man,” said Becca Nicke, one of Kell’s coworkers. […]

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    Kraft Plant closure could mean good news for nearby businesses

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A change in business has some neighbors actually planning for better days ahead and they’re investing in that optimism. Sippi’s is going eight years strong. “We`re pretty happy,” said owner, Frank Berner. It’s adding on a four seasons room and a rooftop patio. With Sippi’s on the outside of downtown, its owner says they’re doing what they can to make the business work. “We`re kind of going after our own thing down here you know,” said Berner. […]

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    Rock Island police officers are getting body cameras

    Rock Island police officers will soon join the growing trend across the country in wearing body cameras.

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    New R.I economic director shares his vision for the city

    There's a chance for change in Rock Island, since a new face in the city is selling his plans to grow and attract more business to Rock Island.