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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    Abingdon mother asking community’s help finding her daughter

    ABINGDON, Illinois – An area mother is asking for the community’s help locating her daughter. As time goes on, the more nerves start to set in for Sharon Miller. “It gets harder because you know, I don`t understand it,” said Miller. It’s been four days since she’s heard from her 40-year-old daughter Jamie Harroun. “This just isn`t like Jamie, I talked to Jamie every single day,” said Miller. Harroun lives in Mackinaw, Illinois and was in town visiting. Galesburg police […]

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    “I have been waiting a long time,” 105-year-old local Cubs fan celebrates World Series win

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois – While millions are celebrating in Chicago, one of the Cubs oldest fans is celebrating here in the Quad Cities. At the Park Vista retirement home in East Moline, there’s something to celebrate. The Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in more than 100 years and no one could be happier than cubs fan Ray Styrlund. He’s been waiting 105 years to see the Cubs win a World Series. “I was happy because I […]

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    Local Cubs fans rally for game six of World Series

    SILVIS, Illinois – It looks like the Chicago Cubs will make it to game seven of the World Series. It’s become almost a tradition at The Doc’s Inn in Silvis to throw a party every time the Cubs play. Cubs fans gathered around a fire to watch game six of the World Series on a 30 foot screen Tuesday, November 1st. “Its kind of like you’re at the ballgame without having to actually travel up to Wrigley,” said Emily Watkins. […]

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    College sells former Rock Island Kmart

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Good news for the city of Rock Island as the former Kmart is sold. Pizza and Subs has been in business for 30 years, located on the bust street of Blackhawk Road in Rock Island. “It`s a good location,” said owner, Joaquin Espejo. Over the years he’s seen business open and close, but the last neighbor to leave was a sad one to see go. “There was a lot movement, a lot of people, but not […]

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    Black Hawk College introduces new veterinary sciences center

    GALVA, Illinois – Black Hawk College introduced its new center that’s aimed at veterinary medicine. Retired veterinarian Harley Schnowske says times have changed in the field, “We`re sitting in the hog capital of the world one time, but that has since passed.” While he’s not in the business anymore, a whole new generation is set to enter the field. Black Hawk College’s new veterinarian sciences center offers students a chance to get into veterinary medicine as either an assistant or […]

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    Floreciente neighborhood becomes a teaching lesson for college students

    MOLINE, Illinois – Moline’s largely Hispanic Floreciente neighborhood became a lesson in business tonight. Those who are working to make the area west of Moline’s downtown more vibrant told college students that it’s harder than it seems. La Imperial Grocery Store is one of the oldest businesses here in the Floreciente neighborhood. The owner’s been there in the good times and in bad. “It was kind of bad but now it`s getting better and better,” said Bicente Zebeda. In the […]

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    Traffic stops involving minorities down in Davenport, some still concerned

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Results from a new study show the number of traffic stops in Davenport, involving minorities is down. It’s been a national issue and a local one. “Profiling on any level is wrong and it don`t need to happen,” said Elder Daniel Teague, community member and founder of the Boots on the Ground coalition. For five years St. Ambrose University has studied Davenport traffic stop statistics after the city saw a dramatic increase in the number of times […]

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    105-year-old East Moline man named oldest Cubs fan

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois – While millions of Cubs fans will tune into the World Series, there will be one man in particular watching the game closely. All the talk these days is about the Chicago Cubs. “I’m not hungry, too much excitement,” said Ray Styrlund. Styrlund is a die-hard Cubs fans who can talk about little else at the Park Vista retirement home in East Moline. While there’s been a lot of talk about the Cubs there’s been a lot […]

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    Sendoff turns into celebration for PV freshman who no longer has to have leg amputated

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Pleasant Valley High School had a yellow out for one of their own. The rally was for 15-year-old Parker Kress, who was preparing to have his leg amputated next week. Parker was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. Doctors found a tumor on his leg. After 17 rounds of chemo and six surgeries things were looking up until Parker got an infection in his leg. “Back in August we met with a surgeon and he said if […]

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    Quad City refugee group hopes presidential election doesn’t impact their mission

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – World Relief in Moline has helped several refugees start a new life in the Quad Cities, but with this year being an election year and immigration a big topic being discussed, the organization needs to try even harder to encourage people to help out refugees. A dinner fundraiser for World Relief  was held at St.Ambrose University. World Relief in Moline has helped refugees for almost 20 years, but this year is not like the others. “I realized […]

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    Quad City soccer club is mentoring players on and off the field

    MOLINE, Illinois – A Quad City soccer club is focusing more on teaching players values than scoring goals. Money can’t buy you everything and the Mid-American Premier Soccer team is proof of that. The soccer club formed four years ago started out with just a few players now has grown to more than 40 players. Coach Jason DeLaCruz and Jeff Barnes created the non-profit club to teach kids soccer and so much more. “We`re pretty much doing it from our […]

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    New grocery store in downtown Rock Island joins organic movement

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – It’s a first for Rock Island and long overdue. A grocery store is coming to the downtown area and it follows a huge movement with organic foods. Healthy Harvest is much more than a business to its owner Chad Summers. The store is under construction right now and will be the first grocery store in downtown Rock Island and will feature only organic food. It all started 10 years ago after Summers was diagnosed with an […]