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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.

Recent Articles
  • Rock Island crime at lowest levels in 10 years

    Crime has fallen to its lowest level in Rock Island in the past ten years. Rock Island police chief Jeff VenHuizen says back when he joined the force in 1993, police and the community dealt with a lot more violent crime. ” I had my eyes open when I came to Rock Island to say the least, you know a kid coming from a small farm community I was like what did I get into,” said chief VenHuizen. Fast forward […]

  • Movie goers say ’50 Shades of Grey’ was more tame than expected

    February 13 was opening night for 50 Shades of Grey. TheĀ film is based on a novel that’s know for erotic romance. Many movie goers are wondering if the movie will be just as racy. Fans of the book headed to the theater, not exactly sure what to expect. For those who have already seen the film, they say don’t expect to be shocked. “The book, like most, is way better. There was a lot left,” said movie goer Samantha Pospisil. […]

  • Facebook lets you choose who handles your account when you die

    You can now assign a friend or family member to take over your Facebook profile when you die.

  • How Davenport plans to use its new drone

    They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and lately in Davenport there have been some pretty neat pictures taken from a unique perspective. The pictures were taken by a drone, bought by the City of Davenport after requests from several city departments. “To be able get a full 360 view of situations is really important to these departments and making good business decisions,” said Rob Henry, the city’s IT Director. Recently, the drone proved to be a great […]

  • Moline parents speak out about possible changes to gifted program

    A program for some gifted Quad City students, in place for nearly three decades, could be changing and some parents say they don't like that possibility for future students.

  • 21st annual auto show rolls into the QC

    It was a packed house today at the 21st annual Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto show at Davenport’s River Center. There were no shortage pf favorites on display. Some are made for looks, while others are made for comfort. Some are fast, while others not as fast, but 13-year-old Justin Ressin loves them all. “They’re really cool cars here and I like to come out every year test out the features inside all of the cars,” said Ressin. Justin comes to the […]

  • The auto show revs up for college students

    The auto show is ready to roll out, displaying some of the newest cars in the market. The annual event also gives back to the community. Car enthusiasts from all over the Quad City area come to check out the shiny pant, flashy colors and just the newest look in the automotive industry. Among the admirers is United Township high school senior Matthew Gray. On Thursday, February 5, 2015 he was awarded $4,000, money that will go towards his tech […]

  • Iowa poll: 2 out of 5 Republicans see Islam as violent

    A new poll in Iowa revealed that two out of five Republicans are inclined to view the religion of Islam as inherently violent, but local Muslim leaders say that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re working to set the record straight. Lisa Killinger faces misconceptions almost everyday because of her religion. “It’s a tough time for us. We are not thrilled,” said Killinger. Killinger is the president of the Muslims Community of the Quad Cities in Bettendorf. She says […]

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    WQAD’s Jason Fechner to kayak for cancer support, donations

    A blue kayak will go back-and-forth on the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island on Saturday, June 7th. For 12 hours straight. “I’ve never come close to paddling for that long,” WQAD anchor Jason Fechner said, “but it seems like a good goal for a great cause.” Fechner, whose mom is marking 10 years since she won her battle against breast cancer, currently has friends fighting the disease and he says wanted to do something special for them. “A […]

  • Rock Island approved for marijuana cultivation center and a dispensary

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has given the green light to three medical marijuana businesses in our area, including two in Rock Island.

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    Funding frustration: Why some Illinois schools have money, and some don’t

    Some local school leaders say the formula that determines school funding in Illinois is outdated and penalizes districts that serve lower-income families.

  • Double business boom in Geneseo

    It’s a double business boom in one town as two different breweries are set to open, just down the road from one another. Geneseo native, Steve Fiers is taking one of his hobbies and transforming it to a business in his hometown. “It’s going to be a combination production brewery and a tasting room and we’re also going to serve food,” said Fiers. He’s turning his love for craft beer into Lionstone Brewing. The brewery is under construction at a […]


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