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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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    Teen’s bike destroyed in hit and run; surprised with new one

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – Police are looking for the driver who hit a teenager and drove off. The teen walked away with some bruises and scratches, but his bike is destroyed. On Friday May 13th, 17-year-old Alex Pobuda was riding his bike to get a drink from a convenience store. On his way home he says a woman was texting and driving and drove into Poduba’s lane. “I just flung underneath the car,” said Poduba. Pobuda says the driver hit him […]

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    Sterling independent living agency is weeks away from closing

    STERLING, Illinois – An independent living agency in Sterling says it will have to close by then end of the month, it if doesn’t receive state funding. The agency that helps people with disabilities live on their own has been running on reserves, but that money will soon be gone. Back in July 2015, the Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living or known as NICIL held a press conference telling their clients they were closing its doors temporarily to save […]

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    Silvis city council agrees to cut down on number of car lots

    SILVIS, Illinois – The Silvis city council voted to cut down the number of used car dealerships in the downtown, as part of an effort to attract more retail business to the area. Ninos Motors is one of the nine used car dealerships along the main drag in downtown. The city wants to cut that number down. “Its going to hurt a bunch of us. It seems like they`re just trying keep the big guys here,” said Rick Ninos. Ninos […]

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    Blue Mass honors those who risk their lives

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Blue Mass was held in Davenport as a way to honor the men and women who risk their lives to save other. “They are looking for one word and that’s just a little thank you,” said Chaplain, Mathew Peterson of the Davenport Police Department. First responders hold a job that isn’t easy and often face a lot of scrutiny. Not to mention their jobs are dangerous. Last year nearly 130 police officers were killed in the […]

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    Twins earn valedictorian and salutatorian honors at United High School

    It's graduation weekend for seniors at United High School. This year's top two seniors both excelled academically and athletically, but they also share a special connection.

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    Residents divided on Kewanee and Wethersfield consolidation proposal

    KEWANEE, Illinois – Two rivals school districts could become one, if the state of Illinois allows a referendum on the ballot asking for a consolidation of the Kewanee and Wethersfield School District. The two school districts sit miles apart in Kewanee. The Wethersfield Flying Geese and the Kewanee Boilmakers have been cross town rivals for years. There’s even a street called Division that separates the two districts. So it’s no surprise that a city divided in half won’t agree on […]

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    Moline to see huge development opportunity from I-74 bridge project

    MOLINE, IL – The I-74 bridge project might cause a headache for drivers and a construction mess for some communities, but Moline it’s going to see a huge benefit. The current bridge has boxed in downtown, stopping development. “We`re really expanding really the core of downtown because right now clearly the I-74 bridge cuts off the downtown,” said Ray Forsythe, planning and development director for the city of Moline. Once the old bridge is gone, it frees up more space […]

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    Moline native gets to meet man whose life he saved

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – It was the opportunity of a lifetime for a Moline native. He got the chance to meet the man whose life he saved. University of Iowa senior, DeBlaey registered as a marrow donor through the Be the Match organization on campus. He got the call he was match for a patient he knew very little about. “He has leukemia type systems so that was it, that was really it,” said DeBlaey. That patient was Joe Stach […]

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    RICO Health Dept. cuts employees and programs; Illinois owes them $800,000

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The Rock Island County Board of Health voted to layoff 16 employees and cut half a dozen programs. Some of the county programs that will be eliminated include tobacco and lead poisoning prevention programs, to family case management. The board points the finger at the State of Illinois, who hasn’t made payments to the health department since July 2015. The state owes the health department more than $800,000. “These are some of the most challenged people […]

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    The painful price you’ll pay if you ever need a life-saving air ambulance

    Every year, nearly a half-million critically ill or seriously injured patients rely on an emergency air ambulance for care.

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    Moline approves deer hunt on residential property

    MOLINE, Illinois – The city of Moline approved allowing hunters to shoot deer on a residential property in the city. It all started when a property owner approached the DNR complaining about an overpopulation of deer. The DNR did some research and found there were too many deer. The DNR found the safest place for a hunt would be on Hunt Harris’s property off of 46th Street in Moline. “Some people may envision hunters roaming the woods, this is a […]

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    IRS scammer says he’s being forced into service

    MOLINE, Illinois – Most of us have heard about IRS scams going around. The caller will claim they’re with the IRS, saying you owe money and if you don’t pay, you’ll go to prison.  One Quad City man believes he may know more about who’s on the other side of the calls. Seth from Moline, says he was tired of getting phony IRS Calls. “They always say at the end of this conversation you know, when we hang up its […]

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