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
  • Hurricane Harvey forces family with QC ties to leave their home

    SUGARLAND, Texas – Hurricane Harvey has forced thousands of people to leave their homes. The Pearson family was no exception. “We got a lot of water to just go away and it’s still raining here it’s been raining here,” said Diane Pearson. Pearson a Geneseo native moved her family to Texas almost 12 years ago. “The river crested higher than we were willing to wait and see what happens so we took off,” said Pearson. Hurricane Harvey forced a mandatory […]

  • What’s missing from East Moline classrooms due to lack of state funding

    EAST MOLINE –  There’s a new challenge this school year in Mrs. Layer’s second-grade classroom. “I think we worry more than anything about how are we going to meet all their needs,” said Layer. For the first time in 14 years, the East Moline School Board had to cut 20 teachers. Almost half of them are reading teachers. “They would work with some of our most struggling readers and our struggling readers would get instruction in the classroom but we […]

  • Major development project in Village of East Davenport turned away

    DAVENPORT – This valuable wedge of land at the entrance of the Village of East Davenport has been empty for the last seven years. Local businessman Gregg Ontiveros has promised to put a major investment there, “I give you my word you will not be disappointed in this project.” However, Davenport’s Zoning Board voted otherwise. “Looking at it strictly statutory I believe we have some problems with passing this,” said Chairman, Cathy Hart. Ontiveros gave his second and he says […]

  • Davenport family offering cash reward after bullets hit their house

    DAVENPORT – Police say around 4 a.m. officers responded to shots fired call in the 2100 block of Dixwell on Tuesday, August 23rd. When they arrived they found one home was damaged. That house belongs to Amber Davis. Davis tells News 8 that she woke up to a loud sound. When she walked into her living she noticed four bullet holes, three in their living room wall and the other one went through her window. Davis says she’s thankful none […]

  • Bench dedicated in memory of R.I shooting victim

    A Rock Island man is being remembered in a special way after he lost his life to gun violence.

  • Recent uptick of shots fired in Davenport could be a result of retaliation

    DAVENPORT – There have been three shootings in three days. However, unlike the other two, the most recent shooting ended with the death of one man. Police say gunfire was reported in the 500 block of West 14th Street just after 9 a.m., Friday, August 18th. “It’s petrifying. Makes you afraid to even go out of your house,” said one neighbor who asked not to be identified. In the past week, there have been eight shots fired incidents. Four in […]

  • Davenport pop-up shows giving people a glimpse of the bigger festival to come

    DAVENPORT –  Tonight was a preview of a bigger show to come next weekend in Davenport. It was the first of four pop up shows leading up to the Alternating Current Festival. The two-day festival will be the first of its kind in downtown Davenport.  It will have more than 100 performances, acts, and screenings in 16 different venues to give people a variety of art to enjoy. “We have you know a lot of people who are doing handmade […]

  • How to capture the Solar Eclipse with a camera

    A solar lens is needed to keep your eyes and equipment safe.

  • QC superintendent fed up with school funding being tied up by lawmakers

    SILVIS, Illinois – There’s very little optimism in Silvis about what might happen hours from now in Springfield. Tomorrow the Illinois House will head back to Springfield to try and get an education bill passed. “I don`t think it will even be brought to the house to be voted on. If it does I will be one surprised superintendent,” said Andy Richmond, Superintendent for the Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District. The head of one of the poorest Quad City school districts […]

  • A major Illinois school funding vote scheduled for tomorrow may not actually happen

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan tells News 8 there may not be an actual up or down vote on the Governor’s veto when lawmakers meet Wednesday in Springfield. The State Senate was able to override the Governor’s veto on Sunday, but it’s not certain Democrats will get Republican help in the house to do the same thing tomorrow. Madigan’s press secretary Steve Brown says lawmakers could actually vote on an altered bill that includes some […]

  • Tugfest thief steals donations for injured boy

    Someone stole money being collected for a badly injured child.

  • For the first time ever Illinois misses scheduled payments for schools

    Some school districts will now have to go to extreme lengths to keep schools open.