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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
  • New greenhouse facility gives WIU growing opportunities

      Western Illinois University unveiled it’s newest edition to the School of Agriculture. On Friday, December 19, 2014, Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture had a ribbon cutting for their two new greenhouses. They’re a first for the school of Ag and an upgrade in size and resources. Before, students would have to work in a small room that restricted the number of people that could be in there, but also the type of projects students could do. “I was […]

  • Local educator develops app to help track student behavior

    A first-of-its-kind app is getting its first test run at an elementary school in Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Iowa family creates program to help hungry students

    An Iowa family has made it their mission to help fight hunger in their hometown. They’re making sure no student goes hungry. Six years ago J.J Caston and her family decided they wanted to do something to help others. At the time they were living in Indiana. “We tried to adopt a couple of times and it just didn’t work out. I said well maybe we’re not supposed to have more than one in our family, maybe we’re supposed to […]

  • Ban on gay blood donors may end

    It's been an issue for many years, that now has a group in Congress considering changing the law, to allow gay men to donate blood in the U.S.

  • Prosecutors charge an unknown DNA profile in 1992 murder of Baby April

    Twenty-two years after her death, Baby April is still a mystery.

  • Davenport firefighter calls for investigation on department funds

    A Davenport firefighter claims higher-ups took advantage of a tax-break by opening bank accounts and using the city’s tax-exempt ID number. News 8 has an exclusive interview with the man calling for the state to do an investigation. 18 year veteran on the Davenport Fire Department is asking two months now after the city’s finance director warned the department to close 13 bank accounts that were wrongly set up with the city’s tax-free ID. “They raised an ethical question with […]

  • Your selfies can share what’s cool in the QC

    You can be part of a new social media campaign in the Quad Cities to help promote the coolest things about the region, and all you have to do is take a selfie.

  • Cops and students help give back to kids this holiday season

    It’s two weeks to Christmas and two groups of people in the Quad Cities are doing their part separately, helping others in the spirit of the season. East Moline police officer Rich Holman walks around Wal-Mart with his new friend Skylar, checking off her Christmas list. It’s the 11th year the department gives less fortunate kids from the East Moline School District the chance to shop with a cop. “A lot of the kids they’ll receive an item for Christmas, […]

  • Moline votes to move forward with one cent sales tax

    Several school district leaders across Rock Island County are taking another stab at a penny sales tax, as Moline’s school board voted to put it on the ballot again in 2015. The measure has been voted down twice before, and school districts hope the third time’s a charm. A one cent sales tax increase means people would pay a penny more for every dollar they spend. If voters were to approve the penny sales tax, it could generate $13 million […]

  • Moline school board votes to keep Hamilton’s name the same

    The Moline school board voted that Hamilton Elementary’s new name will be Hamilton Elementary. The district had posted a survey online for residents to choose between five different names for the expanded school. They included, Orchard Park, Two Rivers, Atkinson, Dewey and Velie View. It also included a write-in option. A subcommittee released the results showing most people wanted to keep the name the same. Hamilton’s been expanded as Garfield and Ericsson are set to close at the end of […]

  • Downtown project helps Dixon move forward

    Bringing the spirit of Dixon back to life, as a long overdue project was showcased. The project is helping put an embezzlement scandal in the past. It’s the 26th year for Dixon’s Christmas walk. A way for everyone to get in the Christmas spirit, but this year is special. “This year we get to have the Christmas walk in the new downtown,” said Jeff Kuhn, city commissioner. Kuhn along with city leaders have been working on a $6 million dollar […]

  • Holiday Train rolls into Muscatine to help feed the hungry

    Some holiday spirit rolled through Muscatine, Iowa. A light show that is a must see, but its more than just a show. It’s mission is to help others in need this holiday season. People lined up their cars along the riverfront of Muscatine, Iowa, just waiting for the right moment. Others braved the cold and waited outside to grab a spot. Every year crowds wait for the horn and bright lights coming down the railroad tracks. It’s the 60th year […]


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