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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    Retiring Princeton couple plans to donate house to homeless veteran

    A Princeton, Illinois couple is getting ready to move into a new home, but they're not selling their old home. Instead, they want to give it away for free.

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    Family and friends continue search for missing Clinton, Iowa man

    It’s been one week since 36-year-old Joshua Snyder of Clinton, Iowa was last seen. Tonight, family and friends held a candlelight prayer service. His family says they’re not giving up on the search to find him. It took place at the Northside Church of God Wednesday night. Snyder was last seen leaving his fiance’s home on the 2900 block of North 4th Street in Clinton, Iowa. “Around 4 am he had just walked out of our house and was going […]

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    Moline launches study on aging Prospect Park Pavilion

    The Prospect Park Pavilion is old and falling apart. The city now has to figure out what to do with the 100 year old building. The pavilion has seen better days. You can find cracks in walls and broken columns, but now the 100-year-old building has a bigger problem. “One of the other issues we’ve seen over the past two or three years is that the structure the pavilion is sliding towards the pond,” said city engineer, Scott Hinton. The […]

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    Computer problems forces Monmouth plant to close temporarily

    Most workers at Smithfield Foods, in Monmouth, Illinois will get the day off on Monday. A problem with the plant’s computers over the weekend has stopped production there. Managers, maintenance and rendering employees are asked to report to work, however. Smithfield Foods packages meat and has about 1600 employees.

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    Davenport missing man found

    At 5:40 pm Davenport police said Porter has been located and reunited with his family. Earlier, Davenport police asked for the community’s help finding a missing man. 75-year-old Chuck Porter was reported missing Sunday morning from the 2500 block of W. 59th Street in Davenport. Police say Porter suffers from Dementia.

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    Rail yard catches on fire in Silvis

    The fire started at 11:53 Saturday Morning at National Railway, located on 900 North 9th street in Silvis. Silvis’ Police Chief Mark VanKlaveren says the business works on railroad cars and engines. The Silvis Fire Department responded and request mutual aid. The fire started in the paint booth area of the building. As of 2:59 pm the fire seemed to be contained. It is unknown at this time how the fire started. Chief Van Klaveren says all employees made it […]

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    Henry County needs help moving to new animal shelter

    It  has been two-and-a-half years since the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo, Illinois started construction on its new shelter, but fast forward to today and they’re still not moved in. They’re asking for the community’s help to get the project finished. While the shell of the building is done, the inside is not. The shelter ran out of money to finish the project. “The big donor who donated the building and concrete said I will donate that money if […]

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    Former president Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife in Iowa

    Less than a month until the Iowa caucus and several presidential candidates are making stops throughout the state.  Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received some help from her husband in Dubuque, Iowa. In the past, Iowa hasn’t always treated the Clintons well. Bill Clinton got less than three percent of the vote in 1992 and Hillary Clinton placed third eight years ago. However, Thursday night, January 7, 2016, 500 people filled a room at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque to see former […]

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    New year, same old problem for Illinois

    It may be a new year, but the state of Illinois is facing an old problem, no state budget.

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    Geneseo program promotes laughter to feel well and be well

    A new program in the Quad Cities is aimed at getting more people to laugh at what’s usually considered a quiet space. One woman in Geneseo is trying to bring laughter to her community. Kathi Fluck of Geneseo says she wanted to do something after she noticed she wasn’t laughing as much as she used to. After doing research she found there were laughter groups across the country, but none in the Quad City area. Tuesday night was the first […]

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    Muscatine man fights panhandlers who refuse his offer of a job

    It’s a picture that’s been shared around the world. Two boys panhandling in Muscatine, another man holding a sign telling people not to give them money. In Muscatine, Iowa you can find panhandlers several times a week. Among them, are two regulars and, after feeling bad for them, Pothoff offered them a job at his business. “I said, ‘You’re hired,’ and they said, ‘We’re not from around here.’  I said, ‘Well, you’re here,’ and then they just smirked and turned […]

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    PARCC results are in: area schools fall below standards

    A brand new test for Illinois students, brings bad news for districts in our area. The results are in and they are not the scores school districts across Illinois were hoping to achieve. “We have a lot of work we know we need to do,” said Kathy Ruggeberg, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for The Rock Island/ Milan school district. Last year was the first time students took the PARCC test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and […]

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