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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
  • Jesus statue at Rock Island church

    Vandalized Jesus statue restored at Sacred Heart

    It’s a 100-year-old statue that has been reunited with its home at Sacred Heart Church after being vandalized last year.  A generous donation helped get it restored. Driving down 5th Avenue you’ll notice a familiar face is back in the neighborhood.  The face of a 500-pound Jesus statue standing outside Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. “I think it gives them a sense of hope,” said church member Chris Mandle. While this statue is seeing better days now, that wasn’t […]

  • Muscatine clock business keeping up with changing times

    It’s a family trade that dates back generations and, while time might be ticking on the craft of clock repair, a local family is dialed in with its past. Time doesn’t stop, let alone stand still. You can see and hear the proof at Butterworth’s Clocks in Muscatine, Iowa. If you could rewind time, you would see where Butterworth’s history began. “My family immigrated from England and my father, grandfather worked the trade here in the united States,” said Mark […]

  • Local students hunting emerald ash borer

    Some local college students are working to try to slow the spread of emerald ash borer and to save trees in the Quad Cities area.

  • You can help local film director with next movie

    If you ever wanted to become a movie mogul, and help to make the Quad Cities a bigger back drop in blockbuster movies, here's your chance!

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    Kevin Costner visits Field of Dreams for movie’s 25th anniversary

    Heaven and Iowa, it was 25 years ago that the two became one in the same, thanks to the Field of Dreams. The weekend of Friday, June 13, 2014 Kevin Costner was back and spending a couple days back at the ballpark visiting with old friends, signing autographs and have a catch with his own kids. It was the late 80s when Kevin Costner, who was then 33, became part of Iowa lore forever. Now 59, he came back, bringing […]

  • Hot Rod tour revving up QC business

    They came from all over the country, Hot Rods, revving their engines in the Quad Cities. It’s a big tourist draw for our area. Terry Fortmann and his wife are spending their honeymoon at the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour to show off their car. “It’s a 1969 SS convertible. I purchased the car two years ago. It was totaled out,” said Terry. However, before Terry could get there, he had to go over a speed bump. “Then I found […]

  • IDOT says repairs on Centennial are critical

    Drivers who use the Centennial Bridge will have to find a new route soon.

  • USPS, United States Postal Service

    Postal Service hiring in Iowa and Illinois

    The U.S. Postal Service has posted job openings in several communities across Iowa and Illinois.

  • RICo board looking at leasing options for Hope Creek

    It’s a possible compromise that could save Rock Island County’s Hope Creek nursing home. The new option could keep it county owned. The future of Hope Creek nursing home is up for a discussion again for the Rock Island County Board. The board created a subcommittee to research new options for keeping the home, county owned, while shoring up its finances. “We’re trying to gather as much information as we can,” said Ron Oekle, Rock Island County Board member. One […]

  • Same sex couple among the first to wed in Galesburg

    It’s been a historic week in the state of Illinois as the first same-sex couple legally wed in the state. Billy and Gary were both feeling calm heading into the hours before their wedding. “Excited and very happy,” is how Gary Patterson described his feelings. The couple has been together for 26 years; they met in high school. “Well I think after 26 years that we can endure each other; that many years, speaks volumes,” said Bill Redfern. This ceremony […]

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    WQAD’s Jason Fechner to kayak for cancer support, donations

    A blue kayak will go back-and-forth on the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island on Saturday, June 7th. For 12 hours straight. “I’ve never come close to paddling for that long,” WQAD anchor Jason Fechner said, “but it seems like a good goal for a great cause.” Fechner, whose mom is marking 10 years since she won her battle against breast cancer, currently has friends fighting the disease and he says wanted to do something special for them. “A […]

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    Illinois’ first West Nile case reported in Colona

    The first case of the West Nile Virus for this year has been confirmed in Illinois and it's right here in the Quad Cities area.