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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    District looks at options to replace JB Young

    Davenport School Board is closing down JB Young School and now they’re figuring out what to do with the building. Monday night three options were recommended to the school board. The first option is to close the building at the end of the year, draw new boundaries and let the current students have a choice of schools, provided there is space. This option saves the school $1.9 million dollars. The second choice is to also close the school at the […]

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    Rock Island-Milan school district could raise taxes

    With millions of dollars of deficit spending, a tax hike may be coming for residents of the Rock Island-Milan school district. The district is hoping it can be one solution to their financial problems. Like many school districts in Illinois, the Rock Island-Milan school district is facing hard times. Looking at a deficit of $3 million dollars for the next school year and over the next five years it could jump to $11 million dollars. “I don’t want to be […]

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    Boots on the Ground aims to combat Davenport crime

    A Davenport community is taking action against crime. Thursday night they came together to discuss issues and what they can do. In a packed room filled with law enforcement, city leaders, and residents came an honest conversation. The Boots on the Ground Coalition was formed after the recent rise in crime in the Quad Cities. Thursday night Davenport residents got together to hear issues that impact their community. For Dwight McCall its the lack of jobs and education, “The young […]

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    Local Farmer speaks out against Subway’s antibiotic-free meat plan

    Area farmers are crying foul after changes in the menu at one of America’s largest restaurant chains. Subway plans to stop serving meat with antibiotics, saying it wants to provide healthier food to its customers, but down on the farm there are those who disagree with the message. “To me this is a marketing ploy to drum up business and feed on consumers fears and misconceptions. It wasn`t based off of science or safety or concern for the consumer,” said […]

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    Davenport demolishing dozens of vacant homes in cleanup effort

    Joyce Johnson has lived in her home off of West 8th Street in Davenport for 50 years. “You know everybody knew each other and watched over each other here and everything like that. A lot of them have passed away and a lot of them have moved away,” said Johnson. The biggest change she’s noticed to the neighborhood is more and more abandoned homes. It’s something the city of Davenport has noticed too. Wednesday night “Impact Project” was introduced to […]

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    Galesburg votes to keep anti-nepotism hiring policy

    The city of Galesburg won’t change it’s policy, that’s meant to prevent nepotism among city departments. It was a discussion on what’s fair. Galesburg city policy says only one person per family can be employed by the city in a department. “I think as a manager its a good policy you know, you put family members in the same department and you can create real or perceived problems about favoritism,” said Mayor John Pritchard. While Mayor Pritchard backs the policy, […]

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    Stranger’s kind gesture helps turn tough week around for Port Byron family

    It was a simple act of kindness that one Port Byron family says turned their luck around. A complete stranger paid for their meal. On most nights you’ll find Kristina Rankins in the kitchen making dinner for her family. Going out to eat is a luxury for them. “We’re a family of five who lives paycheck by paycheck,” said Rankins. However this past week was a rough one, over the weekend they had to deal with a death in their […]

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    Despite possible savings, many community members want to see JB School stay open

    Parents and neighbors in Davenport, Iowa had the chance to speak their mind on whether or not to close JB Young School. The meeting came just two weeks before the Davenport School Board was set to make a decision. One by one on Monday, October 12, 2015, people stood in front of the Board to speak their mind about the future of JB Young. “If you want to close JB, I don`t think that will be a good idea,”said one […]

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    Colona couple proves Cardinals and Cubs fans can get along

    It's one of the biggest rivalries in baseball and for the first time in history they're playing each other in the playoffs. It's not a secret Cubs and Cardinal fans don't like each other, but one couple is proving the two can get along.

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    Moline High School Choir performs on stage with famous rock band

    Some Moline High School students got the experience of a lifetime. They got to join the stage with some rock stars last night at the I-Wireless Center. It’s been practice twice a week for three weeks for the Moline High School choir. Ford and the band Foreigner have teamed up to create the Rock Then Roll 4 Ur School program. They choose one school per city to perform with the band. On Wednesday, October 7th, there was one last rehearsal […]

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    Moline residents could see a slight raise in property taxes

    Homeowners in Moline could see a small increase in their property taxes next year and city leaders blame the state. At Tuesday’s night budget session, two words came up to be increased, property taxes. “We don’t have a permanent source of funding to fund the deficit in both the park fund and the library fund so this is an opportunity for us to identify and secure some additional funding for both the parks and library,” said city administrator, Lew Steinbrecher. […]

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    River Bend Foodbank kicks off 30th student hunger drive

    Tonight was the official kick-off for the 30th student hunger drive, where hundreds of high school students will collect for the River Bend Foodbank.  The student-led food drive is the biggest in the area, collecting more than 650,000 last year alone. The River Bend Foodbank was packed with students Monday night. 18 Quad City area high schools come together to help feed the hungry. On Monday, October 5th, the schools competed in a talent show. The school with the best […]


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