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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.


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    Moline’s Sylvan Island set to reopen by 2018

    MOLINE, Illinois – Moline’s Sylvan Island will remain off-limits for two more years. The only access to the island is a bridge, which was condemned three years ago. A locked gate has grown to be a normal sight for bikers who ride pass the Sylvan Island bridge. Becky Bernard is a member of the Quad Cities Friends Of Off Road Cycling group and Sylvan Island used to be one of the their favorite places to bike. “People who go fishing […]

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    Davenport Police build community relationship one scoop at a time

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Tonight, the community got a chance to hang out and talk with Davenport Police officers. It was the second annual Cops and Cones event at Vander Veer Park. It was the perfect day to grab something cold to eat because who doesn’t love ice cream, especially when it’s free. “This year we bought 60 gallons if we run out of that I don`t know what we`ll do. Last year we ran out and had to go on […]

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    Return of East Moline festival aims to bring more people downtown

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois – It’s been ten years since East Moline has had a festival and this weekend Freedom Fest returns. It’s set up time for business owner Michelle Horton, “We would have festivals and we would have the lighted Christmas parades and it would be filled with people.” She’s hoping to bring back good times for downtown East Moline. “Right now there’s times you’ll have tumbleweeds and I just think people don’t realize how much there is to offer […]

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    Amidst Illinois budget crisis Princeton family finds security with homeschooling

    PRINCETON, Illinois – School districts across Illinois have been forced to cut programs and lay off staff. For weeks, some needed to figure out how they’d keep their doors open.  Our ongoing look at building better schools has some parents looking at an alternative, homeschooling. Students are heading back to school, but Terran, Jaydan and Jonathan Polhemus won’t leave their home. Their parents Terry and Jaime decided to homeschool their sons last year after Jaime got sick. “I was having […]

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    Monmouth College graduate and MTV co-founder talks about success after 35 years on air

    MTV turns 35 years old thanks to a Monmouth College graduate

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    Trump rallies in Davenport as Republican nominee

    Donald Trump made his first appearance back in the Quad Cities for the first time since he was officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.

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    Trump’s Davenport stop to come with big price tag for local governments

    When presidential candidates come to the Quad cities, local police, fire and paramedics are busy preparing and working the event. However, all of that comes at a cost and the city is left picking up the tab.

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    Rock Island approves another extension for Walmart development

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Plans to bring a Walmart to Rock Island have been in the works since 2012.  The City Council has just approved another extension. The company now says it needs more time to review the site’s environmental history to make sure everything is fine before they move on. The store is supposed to go in the former Watchtower Plaza located off of 11th Street, but Mayor Dennis Pauley says an old tank was dug up from a […]

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    RAGBRAI is a family tradition for Moline father and sons

    MOLINE, Illinois – A father and his two sons are keeping the family tradition alive by riding in RAGBRAI every year. However the ride is about more than just father-son time, it’s actually helping one of his son’s overcome daily struggles. Richard Clark introduced riding to his two sons Aaron and Zachary when they were one. “Their whole lives they`ve been riding,” said Richard. RAGBRAI is seven-day ride that takes bicyclists along the Mississippi River in Iowa. “The route is […]

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    Businesses catching customers with Pokemon Go

    MOLINE, Illinois – The Pokemon Go craze continues. The mobile game has exceeded nearly 8 billion downloads in five days and now it’s having an added benefit to businesses here in the Quad Cities. Everywhere you look you can people glued to their phones. It’s part of the newest craze called Pokemon Go. “Its like different from playing like on a console and just sitting somewhere,” said Kallynn Hann, who plays the game. The app makes people walk around to […]

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    Assumption student beats all odds

    DAVENPORT, IOWA – It was a home run like any other at tonight’s River Bandits game, but it wasn’t by a baseball player. Instead it was by an Assumption high school student. 16-year-old Kale Hyder has learned not to take anything for granted. “They can be taken away from you very quickly,” said Kale. June 2015, those words couldn’t have been more true for him. What started out as stiffness quickly turned for the worse. “I had gone from standing, […]

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    Family and friends send off Iowa Soldiers

    Family members and friends said their goodbyes to local soldiers as they're getting ready to deploy overseas.

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