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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
  • Top Rocky swimmer pulled from state after bullying allegations

    A top Rocky swimmer won’t be able to compete at state this weekend after district leaders decided not to let him. Allegations of hazing essentially ended his season early. Late this week, district administrators decided not to let him compete as they investigate claims that he and three other swimmers hazed a teammate over the past two months.  All four swimmers were initially punished. They’re not allowed to say how, but a subsequent investigation sparked when parent Kristen Kessler addressed […]

  • Mother of two bullied students pleads with school board to stop the abuse

    A Quad Cities mom claims both of her kids have been bullied past their breaking point, and she is demanding that something be done.

  • Rock Island/Milan school district facing some budget relief

    Another Quad City school district is bracing for budget cuts, but this budget proposal has a silver lining. The Rock Island/Milan school district is dealing with a little bit of relief, thanks to Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent budget proposal. He recommended $300 million of additional funding for K-12 programs state-wide. “Two weeks ago we presented a worse case scenario, deep funding cuts,” said superintendent Mike Oberhaus. At the last school board meeting, the board was looking at $5 million in […]

  • Elementary school yoga class offered to help students manage anxiety

    A local elementary school is offering yoga to help students deal with anxiety.

  • Community colleges get a break under Governor’s proposal

      Administrators at some Quad City area community colleges are breathing a sigh of relief, as they appear set to dodge budget cuts in Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget plan. Earlier this week Governor Rauner announced his budget proposal. In the proposal, state universities would face big cuts, like Western Illinois University, who would lose out on $16 million in funding. However, for community colleges, it’s the opposite. The funding they receive from the state would remain the same. It’s […]

  • WIU would lose $16 million under Governor’s proposal

    It’s a waiting game for Illinois’ public colleges after Governor Bruce Rauner announced major cuts for higher education as part of his budget proposal. It’s a proposed budget plan that Governor Rauner says will help get Illinois back on a responsible path. However, that plan calls for cuts to higher education. For Western Illinois University, it would be a loss of $16 million. “We’re disappointed with the outcome, but to be fair this is what we call the early stages […]

  • Watch: Unusual team, unusual sport, unusual place

    An unusual sport has made an unusual home in rural Mercer County.

  • Your vote could help fund reading program for Bettendorf students

    A Bettendorf teacher could get $15,000 to help expand a reading program she created. Jane Volden, a first grade teacher at Lourdes Catholic School created Voweletics in 2008. It’s a reading program that focuses on vocabulary, fluency and comprehension in a fun way.  It’s already available online to purchase. The program’s up for a grant from the Iowa Dream Big Entrepreneurial contest. That money could help them market the program to other schools. The contest runs through March 1st. Click […]

  • Hotel Blackhawk celebrates 100 years

    Davenport’s Hotel Blackhawk is marking one hundred years since it first opened downtown and since reopening in 2010 it’s helped to lead a renaissance there. Amy Gill and her husband Amritt saw something special in the Hotel Blackhawk. “I think every hotel tells a story and this hotel really wanted to go back to its former glory,” said Amy, president of Restoration St. Louis. It was at a time when most were ready to give up. “There were multiple calls […]

  • Rock Island crime at lowest levels in 10 years

    Crime has fallen to its lowest level in Rock Island in the past ten years. Rock Island police chief Jeff VenHuizen says back when he joined the force in 1993, police and the community dealt with a lot more violent crime. ” I had my eyes open when I came to Rock Island to say the least, you know a kid coming from a small farm community I was like what did I get into,” said chief VenHuizen. Fast forward […]

  • Movie goers say ’50 Shades of Grey’ was more tame than expected

    February 13 was opening night for 50 Shades of Grey. The film is based on a novel that’s know for erotic romance. Many movie goers are wondering if the movie will be just as racy. Fans of the book headed to the theater, not exactly sure what to expect. For those who have already seen the film, they say don’t expect to be shocked. “The book, like most, is way better. There was a lot left,” said movie goer Samantha Pospisil. […]

  • Facebook lets you choose who handles your account when you die

    You can now assign a friend or family member to take over your Facebook profile when you die.


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