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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    Clinton community holds vigil to spread awareness on drug addiction

    CLINTON, Iowa – The fight to save lives is why people in Clinton gathered tonight for a vigil to spread awareness about the growing problem of addiction. It was a night to have a real conversation about a growing problem. “Tonight its going to be emotional and we hope that emotion spur people into action,” said Amy Berentes from Mercy Clinic. Taking action by spreading awareness and educating people about drug addiction. “I`m a recovering drug addict. I will be […]

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    Augie professor moves family into dorm for new program

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – For most college students going away to school means no parents and fewer rules, but what if you had to live with one of your professors? That’s what some students at Augustana College are doing this year. Kathy Jakielski is getting settled into her new home. She’s downgraded in size and has gained some new neighbors. “The students have been friendly,” said Jakielski. Jakielski, a professor at Augustana College is getting to know her students on […]

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    Mercado on Fifth aims to showcase businesses and neighborhood

    That opportunity is the new market in Moline called the Mercado on Fifth.

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    Schools enforced new Illinois concussion requirements

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Before athletes can play, there are new requirements in Illinois for contact sports. Kyle Hoffman is the newest member of the Rock Island High School athletic department. When he’s not treating minor sprains and aches, he’s testing for a major problem that could change the lives of these young athletes forever. Hoffman was hired because of the law. Right now in Illinois every school has to have a concussion oversight team. The team must make sure […]

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    71-year-old Vietnam veteran from Davenport fights off attacker

    A Vietnam veteran from Davenport, Iowa was able to fend off an attacker. He says it's instincts from his Army days that kicked in.

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    Felony charges dropped against Former Sterling, Illinois teacher

    STERLING, Illinois – Prosecutors dropped the charges against a Lee County man charged with attempted murder. Last year Mario Garnica was accused of trying to kill his boyfriend at the time, Benjamin Brainerd. Investigators claimed he assaulted and stabbed Brainerd back in February of 2015. Brainerd told his story to News Eight last year, saying it happened during an argument with Garnica. “That’s when he snapped and grabbed the metal pipe and started beating me with it and after he […]

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    Credit Island Lodge busier than ever since reopening

    The Credit Island Lodge is busier than ever.

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    Rock Island/Milan School District adopts new math program

    Rock Island, Illinois – It’s a new school year with a new way to learn math at the Rock Island/Milan School District. They’ve adopted a new program for grades K-5. Not only does it align with Common Core standards but it’s helping students get a true understanding of Math. This is the first year the Rock Island/Milan School District adopted a program called Eureka Math. Its previous curriculum wasn’t working and didn’t really align with Common Core standards. “We needed […]

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    Development plans underway for Kahl and Capitol Theater in Davenport

    Eastern Iowa Community College's plan to consolidate its campus and move into two former banks on Third Street will leave an empty space in the Kahl building.

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    Rock Island man accused of using little girl to shoplift

    A Rock Island man is under arrest after he was accused of shoplifting from a store in Davenport, but how he did it, shocked one store owner.

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    Eastern Iowa Community College moves forward with Urban Campus

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Eastern Iowa Community Colleges have taken a step that will create an urban campus, transforming two empty bank buildings into new college classrooms. The heart of Davenport is about to get a jolt. “This is a fast changing world and you got to keep up moving ahead or you fall behind and so we`re moving ahead,” said Chancellor, Don Doucette. EICC will create a new urban campus at the corner of Third Street between Main and Brady […]

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    Two Quad City natives compete in Olympics

    Madison Keys and Aisha Praught both are in Rio for the Olympics.