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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
  • Camanche MDA Fundraiser celebrates 26 years

    It might not be one of the Quad City area’s biggest communities, but it’s makingĀ  big difference this weekend in the lives of those who need it. Cheryl Paasch started the Camanche MDA Fundraiser 26 years ago. “My husband and I have twin sons, Jason and Josh were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when they were nine-years-old,” said Paasch. She wanted to put the fundraiser on to help other families with medical expenses. All the money raised goes towards the Muscular […]

  • Hampton posts signs asking people to “stop pooping on bike path”

    The new signs say one thing, but the problem on the bike path is far worse than you might have thought in the town of Hampton, Illinois.

  • Phase two of John Deere Rd expansion set to begin in 2015

    The ongoing expansion and improvement of John Deere Road is far from over. Roughly two years ago, crews started work on phase one of the John Deere Road expansion project. An overpass was built from 38th Street over John Deer Road. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation mapped out plans for phase two of the project. IDOT hopes to start construction Fall 2015. “Plan is to expand from I-74 to 70th Street, to expand from the […]

  • Local Fraternities defend Greek life after nationwide scandals

    Local members say they're working to show all the good things about Greek life.

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    Alleman’s dance marathon raises $28,000 for kids battling cancer

    Hundreds of students spent their night dancingĀ  away while raising money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. This is the second year Alleman High School held a dance marathon. It’s a way to raise money and awareness for kids with cancer. Money will be used towards ‘comfort kits’ which contain games, gift cards and gas money for families at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year the school was able to raise close to $15,000. For the Alleman […]

  • Neighbors say lights at Rock Island FedEx facility are a big problem

    There's bright and then there's too bright.

  • Martin Luther King Center reaches milestone

      This month marks a milestone for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center as its celebrating its 40th anniversary. Reverend Dwight Ford grew up in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. “It was always the place I could meet friends, it was always a place where we would be positively impacted by adults,” said Rev. Ford. Rev. Ford now serves as the center’s executive director. He’s see a lot of change happen, from higher participation, expanding program to […]

  • Local governments fight to keep state funding

    City leaders in Rock Island are fighting to protect state funding for local government. Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal trims more than $600 million from city budgets across the state. Monday night the Rock Island city council took action to get their message across to the Illinois General Assembly. They approved to send a letter to the Governor to express their concerns. “We would have to eliminate a lot of things including a lot of personnel. Its something we’re urging the […]

  • Moline’s pep band makes it to final round for regional contest

    The Moline High School pep band was competing for 2015 Best Pep Band in the Region.

  • Rock Island/Milan Superintendent wants new bullying policies

    Tonight the Rock Island/Milan school district is ready to take the next step to address bullying at school. The changes come a little more than a week after a parent stood before the school board asking for a change. Back on February 26, 2015, a mom told the school board her oldest son was being bullied and hazed by his teammates from Rock Island’s High School swim team. Not even a week later one of Rocky’s top swimmers was suspended […]

  • Moline woman fearful after coyote fights dog in her back yard

    A Moline woman was asking the city to step up as her dog recovers from a fight with a coyote.

  • Boetje’s teams up with local Distillery to make bourbon mustard

    Two local companies are coming together to put a twist on mustard. It’s a new product rolling down the assembly line at Boetje’s Mustard. They came up with the idea to add bourbon to the list of ingredients. Boetje’s pitched the idea to the Mississippi River Distilling Company, who was all for it. “We had actually toyed with trying to make mustard vodka or something, but it just wasn’t that great,” said Ryan Burchett, owner of Mississippi River Distilling Company. […]


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