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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    Cordova residents upset after decorations removed from grave sites

    CORDOVA, Illinois – Some Rock Island County residents say graves at a small rural cemetery were desecrated and not by vandals. What appears to be misunderstanding cuts deep for some families. Larry Molitor looks at his son Lawrence’s grave. “This is our 16-year-old son,” said Molitor. While it’s not a visit he wants to make, this trip is especially hard. All the decorations at his son’s grave at Cordova Township Cemetery were gone. The township has a policy, throughout the […]

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    Community helps raise money for well-known Moline man

    MOLINE, Illinois – He’s been a familiar face in the Quad City community for years and now the community is showing their thanks. Dexter Johnson is a well-known Moline local and superfan for Moline High School sports. He’s attended all their games. Dexter, who mows lawns as a hobby recently lost his mower. It fell out of his truck and when he went back to look for it, it was gone. So his neighbor, TC Christopher started a GoFundMe page […]

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    If Illinois doesn’t act fast, QC will lose funding for passenger rail

    MOLINE, Illinois – Time is running out for a huge transportation project in the Quad Cities. The passenger rail project from the Quad Cities to Chicago could lose funding if the governor doesn’t act by the end of the month. “Without the funding the rail project itself can’t happen,” said Henry Marquard, from the Quad Cities Chambers of Commerce. It’s the 11th hour for the state to make a commitment, freeing up the Federal Railroad Administration, to bring Amtrak to […]

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    Hundreds gather at Davenport church to pray for Orlando victims

    DAVENPORT, Iowa –  It was a wall to wall, packed house inside a Quad City Church. It was the last of the three vigils being held in the Quad Cities to honor the victims of Orlando’s mass shooting. A couple hundred people gathered at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. It brought people from all different religions together, from Jewish, Unitarian, Christian and Muslim. Their message was to preach about love, not hate. “If we give into the […]

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    QC dogs helping kids read

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Quad City program is taking a different approach to reading. Its taking off the pressure of learning how to read and making it fun. The QC CAN’s Reading Assistance program at Davenport Public Library gives the opportunity to read to dogs. Kids open up more when they’re reading to a dog versus a parent or teacher. Seven-year-old Reagan Schinke reads to her newest friend Iris, the golden retriever, while six-year-old Henrick Senne had a great time reading […]

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    Gumbo Ya Ya brings New Orleans to downtown Rock Island

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Downtown Rock Island has been transformed into Cajun country. This weekend is the 24th annual Gumbo Ya Ya festival and the kickoff to the summer season. The two night festival brings a little bit of New Orleans to downtown Rock Island. The festival has Louisianan bands and food. Linda Brammer comes to it every year, “I think the fest down here are always fun it’s a great atmosphere.” The festival gives people a break from the […]

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    Gambling on the Rhythm City riverboat ends this weekend

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – It’s been 25 years riverboat gambling in the Quad Cities and now this weekend is the last time people will be able to hit the black jack tables at the Rhythm City riverboat. It’s going to be sailing away to make way for its new location on land. This summer both of the Quad Cities gaming boats will follow the lead of other and take off down the river. For Rhythm City Casino it only has a […]

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    What to do with the land once Davenport’s riverboat is gone

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Just a few days away from the grand opening of the new land base Rhythm City casino which means the older riverboat will soon move from the riverfront. That will leave a valuable space of vacant land. “I believe they ought to put a kids park up there, maybe a couple of water slides or you know an amusement park type of thing,” said Davenport resident, Joe Neister. The city council agreed to clean the area up […]

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    Exelon employee won’t give up fight to keep plant open

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – An Exelon employee is speaking out, just days after the company said it will shut down its Quad City operations in two years. That will cost 800 people their jobs inside the Cordova nuclear power plant. Taylor Vice got married almost two months ago. Things were looking up for the couple, Vice was offered his dream job out of college. He moved from Tennessee to the Quad Cities to become an engineer at Exelon nuclear plant in […]

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    Business owner not sure business can survive without Exelon

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    Illinois to go second year in a row without state budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – There will be no vote on the 2017 state budget before the end of the spring session. It’s the same old problem with the same old blame game. “Today we end the spring session of the general assembly in stunning failure. The democrats in the general assembly have failed to pass a balanced budget,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan proposed a budget plan, but Republicans say it will only dig the state deeper […]

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    Illinois budget battle continues as end of session draws near

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois lawmakers are days away from missing a budget deadline for the second year in a row. Top leaders met again and once again, there’s no budget deal but there’s still plenty of finger-pointing. “There was a dramatic change in tone today. The Democrat leaders essentially pulled the plug on negotiations,” said Senate Republican Leader, Christine Radogno. While Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan puts the blame on the governor, “The governor continues to fail to persuade in […]


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