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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    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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    Popular Belgian Village restaurant reopening in Moline, but with a twist

    MOLINE, Illinois – A long time Quad City favorite is back. Two years ago, the owners of the Belgian Village Inn in Moline closed its door, but starting on Thursday, April 28th, people can get their famous vanderuebens again. The business that opened back in 1977 is being reopened by a new generation. The previous owner’s daughter, Katie Manning is opening the business back up. “It’s cool to keep something like this going and have it be in the family […]

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    Brady Street construction plans made with business owners in mind

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – One of the busiest roads in the Quad Cities will be down to two lanes in the coming weeks, when work starts on Brady Street. Some business owners are already dreading it after seeing last year’s construction on Harrison Street. Last year Harrison Street in Davenport was closed to be resurfaced and business owners on that street say they took a financial hit. However, the city says they learned a lot from the Harrison Street construction, so […]

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    Galesburg aldermen argue that water isn’t to blame for lead problem

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Galesburg aldermen know there’s a problem to fix, but they don’t all agree on what that problem is. “We know that one, it is a fact that it is agreed upon by everybody that there’s no proven causation link between the blood levels of children in Knox county and the elevated lead levels in Galesburg water, as it is in the home,” said alderman Jeremy Karlin. Some alderman say Galeburg’s scare with high lead levels in children has […]

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    People want to see ‘The Mark’ make a comeback

    MOLINE, Illinois – iWireless has announced that it will end its sponsorship deal with the iWireless Center. The sponsorship dates back to 2005 when iWireless acquired naming rights and changed the venue name from The Mark of the Quad Cities to the iWireless Center. Some people have their own ideas what it should be renamed, “The John Deere center for fine arts,” said Marshall Smith. However, the majority of the people we talked think it should go back to the […]

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    Dubuque activists demand answers after cross burnings

    Last week police say they received a call that something was on fire. When they arrived they found what appeared to be two burned crosses. So far no arrest have been made.


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