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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
  • Kennel cough on the rise in QC, how you can keep your pet safe

    Veterinarians in the Quad Cities want dog owners to beware of a highly contagious respiratory disease that's going around the area right now.

  • Timothy’s House of hope defends its mission to the city of Davenport

    DAVENPORT – A church is defending its mission and the people it serves after the city closed it down. What happens in this modest Washington Street building has sparked a lot of emotion in Davenport. Timothy’s House of Hope is an outreach ministry, part of Compassion Church. “We believe at Compassion Church people are not bums but they are people,” said Nick Cantwell, pastor at Compassion Church. The church recently moved its location to Washington Street, but while the ministry […]

  • Bettendorf man gains notoriety with high profile pro sport gate crashing

    BETTENDORF – Two pro sports teams may re-think their security precautions after a Bettendorf man was able to sneak inside two events, once even posing as a security worker. It’s game five of the World Series, Chicago Cubs versus the Cleveland Indians. While thousands stood outside Wrigley Field 18-year-old Luke Zapolski from Bettendorf had a front row seat. “I had to leave like 2:30 in the morning to get to Chicago at like 7 a.m.,” said Zapolski. Zapolski, who’s a […]

  • Colona city council reverses decision, grants Lazy Dog BarBQ license

    City reverses decision and allows popular BBQ vendor to have business license.

  • Potential Costco store has some worried about traffic on 53rd

    DAVENPORT – Costco could be coming to Davenport. It would be the newest edition to the rapidly growing east side. Bushra Rizvi at Once Upon A Child in Davenport remembers when 53rd Street barely had any businesses. “It’s changed a lot when I started.” said the store’s manager. Now there’s a strip mall on every corner, creating one of the Quad Cities most congested areas. “It gets a little more nerve wracking to drive on 53rd it reminds me more […]

  • Work begins for East Moline’s ‘The Bend’ project

    EAST MOLINE – The city is taking a vacant site and turning it into a $75 million project. The doubters are being proven wrong, “I’m really glad and vindicated when people said it’s not going to happen and here we are today breaking ground,” said Mayor John Thodos. An empty field is a new chapter for East Moline. “This is a project beyond anything we`ve seen for a very long time,” said Darin Girdler, City Administrator. On Thursday, April 20th, […]

  • East Moline police to the rescue after thief almost ruins QC family’s Easter

    EAST MOLINE – A Quad City mom received some unexpected help after her money was stolen two days before Easter. Kelley Nolen’s kids are still enjoying their Easter baskets four days later, but their Easter almost didn’t have a happy ending. “I just couldn`t be any more thankful,” said Nolen. Last Friday, March 14th, Nolen was out running errands, she stopped at store to pick up a few things. It wasn’t until her next stop when she realized she didn’t […]

  • Mixing young and old, Hope Creek could add child daycare

    EAST MOLINE – It’s an experiment that’s worked elsewhere. “It prompted me to think well could we do that here in Rock Island County, why can`t we just explore the option,” said Tammy Muerhoff, Regional Superintendent for Rock Island County schools. Rock Island County’s Hope Creek Care Center could get a jolt of youth. On Tuesday, the county board agreed to apply for a grant to open a daycare in the senior living center. Residents could see up to 20 […]

  • Disability doesn’t stop ‘DJ Alex’ from dropping a beat

    MOLINE – A Quad City DJ is making a name for himself in the music scene, but he’s doing so while living with a disability. Alex Lopez is a well-known face at The New Style Barbershop in Moline. “I`ve known Alex for probably about seven, eight years. He was just a young kid coming in here and he was always talking about girls.” said Miguel Rosas, who owns the shop. On Fridays you can find Lopez helping out at the […]

  • Belgian Village To Go sees success after first year

    MOLINE – One year ago a daughter decided to reopen her family’s well-known Quad City restaurant but reopen it with a new concept. Katie Manning has making sandwiches down to a fine art. “We`ll probably round out 350 to 400 Rueben`s not counting all the other miscellaneous sandwiches,” said Katie. It’s been a year since she reopened her family’s famous business and says she feels like she’s now got the hang of things. Katie’s parents decided to retire and close […]

  • Another city welcomes BBQ vendor after Colona denies business license

    COLONA, Illinois – The community of Colona is fighting to keep a business running. Just a day after News 8 told you Joe Duncan was denied a business license from the city of Colona another city is welcoming him with open arms. “Who knows that might be a better spot over there,” says Duncan. Silvis says it’s working quickly to find a spot for Duncan and his business Lazy Dog BarBQ. “They were excited about having me come over there […]

  • City denies license for well-known Colona BBQ vendor

    COLONA, Illinois – After 12 years in business a well-known BBQ vendor won’t be able to sell food off the streets in Colona anymore. Joe Duncan runs Lazy Dog BarBQ, but he doesn’t work out of a restaurant. He cooks out of the smoker pulled by his truck that he parks outside of a garage. Duncan operates his business six months out of the year. “This is my life, really is. I enjoy getting up in the morning,” said Duncan. […]