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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
  • Sylvan Island bridge a step closer to reopening

      A Quad City island has essentially been off limits for a year and a half, as the only bridge to Sylvan Island was closed by the city of Moline.  However, those looking to get back to the island may be a step closer. The bridge to Sylvan Island has seen better days. The 112-year-old bridge was forced to close for safety issues. The rusty holes are beyond repair. A new bridge is needed and at an expensive cost. The […]

  • Centennial Bridge reopening delayed again

    Citing safety as the greatest priority, the expected reopening of the Centennial Bridge was delayed a second time.

  • Moline High School Homecoming Dance

    Moline students boycott homecoming after “no grinding” policy

    Some Moline High School students planned to boycott the school's homecoming dance as part of a protest against the school's "no grinding" dance policy.

  • No laughing matter: Clown shortage hits midwest convention

    They say laughter is the best medicine but the art of clowning is slowly fading away.

  • Safety a top concern for Quad City realtors

    A murder case out of Arkansas is raising questions about the safety of realtors on the job. Police arrested a man after the body of a realtor was found, after she was last seen showing a house. Realtor Lisa Carsten has been with Mel Foster Co. for about 15 years, so showing homes is something she’s pretty comfortable with. However, with recent events Carsten has taken a step back to look at safety measures. “We know safety is always number […]

  • Three young sisters grow business from the ground up

    Three Quad City area sisters are learning the value of a dollar at a very young age. They have started their own business, but it’s also a way for them to give back to the community by promoting healthy eating. In Sherrard, Illinois you may run into a little business where the owners are pretty little themselves. They are the Mackin sisters: Rachel, age 11, Megan, age 6, and Riley, age 4. Their business is the Kids Corner Vegetables Stand […]

  • 82-year-old Quad City man gets his lifelong wish granted

    An 82-year-old Quad City man got the ride of his life. He got to check something big off his bucket list.

  • Moline rebuilds crumbling cemetery wall to preserve history

    It’s a historical cemetery in the Quad Cities that has seen better days, but now the run-down site has gotten the city’s attention. Some say it’s a project way overdue. Riverside Cemetery in Moline holds a lot of history. The cemetery was built back in 1873 and it’s not hard to see its age. “I think it’s a lovely place to walk, but most importantly it holds a history of the people that built this community and still are,” said […]

  • Rocky’s Prince named homecoming king

    It was an unforgettable homecoming for a Rock Island football standout. After being hospitalized for an injury sustained on the football field, his classmates welcomed him back with open arms and a new title. It’s the same every year, a parade to kick off homecoming weekend, followed by a football game. However, this year students and staff at Rocky are celebrating a different homecoming, one for one of their own. “He’s like a really good person and he’s a really […]

  • Fighting Scots keep close watch on independence vote

    The votes are in, but no results yet overseas where Scotland could become and independent country, breaking free from the United Kingdom. Some Quad City area students are keeping a close eye on the results. If you drive down Main Street off Highway US-67, you’ll come across the small city of Monmouth, Illinois. The heart of the city is Monmouth College. Professor Christine Myers spent her afternoon setting up for a party. A party that’s centered on a country that’s […]

  • Enrollment booming at Monmouth College

    Enrollment is booming at a Quad City area college, despite declining high school graduation rates. Monmouth College is celebrating its largest freshman class in history. Monmouth College has its biggest freshmen this year, with close to 400 students. “The number of students at Monmouth is up as we should say in this down market,” said Tim Keefauver, Vice President for enrollment management at the college. Keefauver says their success has come from looking for students outside the Quad City area. […]

  • Illinois police departments pushed to put body cameras on all officers

    Some police forces in Iowa and Illinois are pushing for body cameras to record an officer's every move.


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