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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    Partying with a purpose, students kick off 31st annual Student Hunger Drive

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The 31st annual Student Hunger Drive has officially started. Every year 16 area high school students collect food donations for six weeks. That food goes to the River Bend Food Bank. It serves 22 counties in Iowa and Illinois and more than 125,000 families. “I when I see all these kids collecting food I don`t think about them filling our warehouse, I think about them feeding their classmates,” said executive director, Mike Miller. To celebrate the start […]

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    Dewitt high school students cover downtown with toilet paper as part of yearly tradition

    DEWITT, Iowa – One week each fall a high school prank takes over the whole town. There’s familiar sights that let you know its homecoming week, but in Dewitt, some are more obvious than others. Toilet paper paints the downtown. “My husband and I actually got our meals the other night and we sat out on the front porch swing and watched them. There were 50 kids in just black tping over here,” said Shannon Soenksen, who lives in Dewitt. […]

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    Henry County Humane Society’s new shelter close to completion thanks to big donations

    GENESEO, Illinois –  After more than three years in the making, the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo is close to being finished with its new building.  A big thanks goes to two separate groups who stepped up to make it happen. Some will call it fate that Geneseo High School students would be brought to the Henry County Humane Society’s shelter. The society started building its new shelter more than three years ago, but the inside has sat unfinished. […]

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    Modern Family transgender child actor brings hope for QC family

    The creators of Modern Family cast an eight-year-old transgender actors on TV, but his new role is shining light on a call for more transgender actors on TV.

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    Why Rock Island/Milan school district officials aren’t worried about $1 million dollar deficit

    The district's financial officer, Bob Beckwith said Rock Island will actually see some good news from the state. Illinois is offering $23 million in state aid to Rocky this year.

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    SAU students impressed with Clinton at debate

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – St. Ambrose University held a  debate watch party. For most of the students they’re still undecided on who they’ll vote for, but some say the debate has helped them lean more one way than the other. Students we talked to say if they had to pick a winner, they though it Clinton won. They say they liked how Clinton was able to keep her composer while Trump took jabs at her. They also like how she stated […]

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    UI Survey: A fifth of female students reported being raped since enrolling

    A survey of University of Iowa undergraduates found about one in five female students reported being raped since enrolling.

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    Quad City teen with Cerebral Palsy trains for 5k

    A Quad City teen will live out a life-long dream this weekend by participating in the Quad Cities Marathon 5k.

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    Galesburg first graders remember classmate with balloon launch

    The Galesburg community celebrated the life of a first grader who passed away unexpectedly last week.

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    Demolition work begins for former Lodge Hotel

    BETTENDORF, Iowa -The iconic former Lodge Hotel is now being reduced to rubble. Crews started demolishing the hotel in Bettendorf. Mayor Bob Gallagher says it used to serve as a great amenity for the city, but now it’s become a nuisance as several people have trespassed and even vandalized the building. Many people stopped to watch. There were even cars lined up on Spruce Hills, people hoping to catch a glimpse from there. Hilary Milo brought her kids to watch. […]

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    Iowa lawmakers take their concerns to Iowa City VA after Marine’s suicide

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers are looking for answers at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, over a Davenport Marine who took his own life. Brand Ketchum’s family says he went to the facility to get treatment and was turned away. Now the Office of the Inspector General is looking into the case. U.S Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley took a tour of the center on Friday and held a press conference after. “It’s really about getting […]

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    Davenport approves $8 million in tax incentives for Urban Campus project

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A major $50 million dollar project in downtown Davenport is getting some financial help from the city. It’s a project that some are calling the footprint of higher education in downtown Davenport. “This will consolidate the higher education into one facility where currently they’re spread around amongst a couple of facilities,” said alderman Bill Boom. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges plans to transform these two former bank buildings into an urban campus. It will consolidate current classrooms in […]