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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    Local Obamacare supporters calling on Congress to oppose repeal

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Local supporters of Obamacare are sending a message to Congress, have something in place before you get rid of the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan has pledged that Republicans will finish legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare this year, but hospitals and doctors are saying a solid plan needs to be in place before repealing the healthcare law. On Thursday, January 5th, a group of people got together at Genesis West in Davenport to express […]

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    Parent’s worries grow as Illinois budget stalemate continues

    KEWANEE, Illinois – Illinois has set a record for going the longest time without passing a state budget. It’s leaving some people with little confidence the job will get done. Mike Nichols watches his daughter play basketball from the sidelines, but there’s another game he’s worried about, the political game among lawmakers in Springfield. “Well it’s disappointing that they can`t come to some sort of consensus on the budget issue,” said Nichols. Lawmakers will start a new session on January […]

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    Muscatine man warns about fake money scam on swap sites

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – Police say they are seeing a new type of scam in our area. It involves popular swap sites and phony money. Dalton Clevenger was just looking to make some extra cash. He posted an iPhone for sale on a swap site. “I happened to get someone interested,” said Clevenger. After messaging back and forth with the guy, “The person that message me said you know all he had two $100 dollar bills and if had any change […]

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    Neighbors and non-profit coming together to rebuild Keystone neighborhood

    Work in the Keystone Neighborhood is expected to pick up again in the spring of 2017.

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    The community pays tribute to Ellis Kell

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A tribute was held at the River Music Experience for Ellis Kell, who suddenly passed away last week after being diagnosed with cancer. He was a mainstay and mentor on the Quad City music scene for more than three decades. “This is an important outlet for them to be able to show their emotions, show what they`re going through and be able to pay homage to such an important man,” said Becca Nicke, one of Kell’s coworkers. […]

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    Kraft Plant closure could mean good news for nearby businesses

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A change in business has some neighbors actually planning for better days ahead and they’re investing in that optimism. Sippi’s is going eight years strong. “We`re pretty happy,” said owner, Frank Berner. It’s adding on a four seasons room and a rooftop patio. With Sippi’s on the outside of downtown, its owner says they’re doing what they can to make the business work. “We`re kind of going after our own thing down here you know,” said Berner. […]

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    Rock Island police officers are getting body cameras

    Rock Island police officers will soon join the growing trend across the country in wearing body cameras.

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    New R.I economic director shares his vision for the city

    There's a chance for change in Rock Island, since a new face in the city is selling his plans to grow and attract more business to Rock Island.

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    Local businesses giving out free coats to keep people warm

    COAL VALLEY, Illinois – With this arctic weather sticking around, some local business owners are offering warmth to those who need it most. Inside the Coal Valley Chiropractic Clinic, they’re helping people adjust in more ways than one. “You have people at this time of year who`s furnace will go out or if they don`t have proper transportation and it`s so cold outside, it would be nice for you to be able to provide something for free,” said Dr. Michelle […]

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    Milan woman to become mom to dying friend’s children

    MILAN, Illinois – A Milan woman is making an incredible move to make sure her best friend’s last wish comes true. It is a friendship that’s meant to be. “We met in ’99 in hair school and automatically became best friends,” said Missy Armstrong. Armstrong and her friend Sara have been inseparable since, through the good times, and the bad. Their friendship would soon go through the ultimate test, right before the holidays. “She said she can deal with the […]

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    Pushing for more women to run for office in Iowa

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The announcement that Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be Iowa’s next Governor has some excited about the future of politics. Maggie Tinsman served in the Iowa Senate for 18 years at a time she says wasn’t rare to see women in office. “There were more women then, than there are now,” said Tinsman. Before serving as a state Senator she was the first woman county supervisor for Scott County. You could say it’s been her mission all […]

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    Illinois Stopgap deal expires soon, leaving agencies wondering what they’ll do

    STERLING, Illinois – In just three weeks, the state of Illinois will once again be without a budget. The current stopgap deal expires at the end of the month, leaving universities and social service agencies once again facing uncertainty. For the past two years, it’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living. The agency helps people with disabilities live on their own. It has had to lay off staff, reduce hours and even closing […]