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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
  • Fighting the heat

    We are finally feeling the summer heat, but there’s all kinds of ways to stay cool. From golfing, splashing around at Schwiebert Park, to watching a River Bandits baseball game, all people we talked to say the key is to stay hydrated, find some shade and take it easy. The Moline High School boys football team felt the heat at practice today, however lucky for them it was the perfect day to do an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to cool […]

  • Catfish Cove reopens with a cause

    A popular Quad City restaurant is reopening for the first time since a rising Mississippi River forced the owners to shut their doors. They’re doing it so others can do some good in the Quad Cities. Inside the Dee’s Catfish Cove you can find a good time. That’s because it’s the first time since May 2014 that anyone has set foot inside, let alone had a smile on their face. “For a person to take a negative and turn it […]

  • More to ALS then just the ice bucket challenge

    The social media phenomenon, the ice bucket challenge has now raised more than $50 million dollars for the ALS Association. Families fighting the disease say they hope it’s creating awareness about their everyday struggles. All you need is some ice, some water, a video camera and you too can join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze. Since July the fundraiser has exploded on social media with people posting their ice bucket challenges. The ASL Association has raised more […]

  • Augie students step up to help improve environment

    Students from Augustana are stepping up to help improve the environment here, while at the same time getting a hands on experience. The Upper Mississippi Center, Rock Island, Moline and Augustana College have teamed up to create a program called the Big Urban Watershed Project. “We’re just looking for different organisms that live in the water body here. They’re an indicator of whats going on in the stream here.” The students research 13 different raviens to determine the health of […]

  • Dock

    Dock developement plans draw concerns over riverfront view

    Plans for a new look along the Davenport riverfront aren’t what everyone wants to see down there as the Dock redevelopment moves forward, some fear it will ruin the view. It’s been up for discussion for two years, how to develop the former Dock restaurant property.  Investors have come forward, drawings have been made and the city council has approved it. However, there are still concerns- the latest over the riverfront view. Under the development agreement the city is to […]

  • Rock Island County Board takes step towards downsizing

    Voters may have another shot at changing the size of the Rock Island County Board. There’s been a lot of talk, but very little action to downsize the Rock Island County Board. Two years ago, voters in Rock Island County said they wanted the board shrunk. However, legally it could only change its size during a census year, or so board members thought. That was until Attorney General Lisa Madigan advised the county that residents could vote to reduce its […]

  • Rock Island school receives $4.5 million in grant money

    After a long process of applying and waiting, a Quad City school was approved for the federally funded School Improvement Grant just in time for this school year. The grant is going to help one of the state’s lowest performing schools. It’s a new year, with new students and a new attitude at Rock Island Academy. “It’s not so much yet teaching them differently, it’s the teachers themselves looking at things differently,” said kindergarten teacher, Anna Lorenz. You can see […]

  • North Henderson trustee resigns amid fight over water bills

    A village leader in North Henderson, Illinois is off the board of trustees, resigning in the middle of a fight over water bills. People in town say their own leaders are breaking the law. Four out of the six trustees on the North Henderson board are under fire after making late water payments. “I’ve never had any problems you know and I can’t understand why people can’t do what they’re suppose to do,” said resident Shirley Watson. Documents show that […]

  • Where’s summer?

    The start of the school year elsewhere across our area means the end of summer for thousands, but for many thanks to Mother Nature, summer never really started. It’s been the perfect weather to take a jog or just do some sight-seeing along the river. It’s the middle of August, but some would say it feels like October. “It’s just been a little chilly,” said Tom Olson. This summer so far the Quad Cities hasn’t seen triple digits and only […]

  • Despite court ruling, Rock Island will continue to push for Jumer’s Crossing

    It's back to the drawing board for the city of Rock Island after a judge dealt their Jumer's Crossing development plans a blow.

  • Robin Williams, 1951-2014, found dead at his home

    (CNN) — Comedic actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63. Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s office. “Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they […]

  • Galesburg high school student receives diploma 55 years later

    It’s been 55 years for justice to be served as a former Galesburg High School student was denied his high school diploma. On Friday, August 8, 2014 the school awarded him with his diploma, but it’s about more than just a piece of paper. As you get older people change, for Galesburg High School class of 1959 you can see just that. It’s their 55 year reunion. For Alva Earley there’s a memory he can’t join in on, graduation day. […]

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