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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    Architect proposes adding restaurant/bar to Davenport’s skybridge

    Tonight a new plan revealed could change an important part of Davenport’s riverfront. Bill Handle, a Davenport native and retired architect presented an idea to add-on to the end of the skybridge near LeClaire Park. The design gives people a 360 view of the river. At the top level people would be able to go out on and sightsee. A part of it will have glass floor so people can see the river underneath them. The lower levels would be […]

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    Moline Good Samaritan finds $2,000, returns to owner

    When a Moline man lost $2,000 dollars he thought it was as good as gone, but when he went to file a police report, he found out someone turned the money in. The money was found by a Moline city employee while he was out on the job. On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the owner of the money got to thank the employee for his random act of kindness. Last Thursday it was a normal day for Dennis Crouch, a garbage […]

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    Former John Deere worker says layoff was a blessing

    A Silvis, Illinois man was laid off from John Deere last year and says it’s a blessing in disguise as he’s getting ready to open a business. Travis Graves has been busy getting his new business ready for opening day. “We`ll have mostly salt water, some fresh water fish,” said Graves. His business is Waterworld Aquatics in Silvis. “I`ve just always wanted to do it so when they laid me off I thought why not, might as well try to […]

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    Community support pays off as new Jefferson School prepares to open doors

    It’s a first-hand look at a neighborhood’s victory in Muscatine. For the past decade, residents near Jefferson Elementary School have fought for their school. It was targeted for destruction, but something very different happened. Sarah Manjoine has taught at Jefferson Elementary for almost two decades. “I was part of the staff when they talked about closing Jefferson,” said Manjoine. Tuesday night she enjoyed a new school that some thought would not survive to this day. “The community support that came […]

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    Rival teams come together to tackle cancer

    Two rival football teams ended up both winners as they took on an important cause. The Rockridge Rockets and the Orion Chargers have been rivals for as long as each town can remember. While they’re hoping the can pull a win out on the field, off the field is a different story. “We’ve been doing this since 2011. I unfortunately lost my sister to cancer that year and we decided to bring it to the football field,” said Jeanie Simmer. […]

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    Davenport police find success with anonymous tip app

      The city of Davenport say it’s app is doing it’s job and helping police make arrests. After the Sandy Hook shooting the Davenport Police Department wanted to take action. “Through our research we found that very frequently someone else knows about a planned incident before it occurs,” said Captain Jane Imming. Two years ago they launched the Do What’s Right app. “We decided if we had a medium for someone who knows something to share that with us maybe […]

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    Work underway for Assumption sports complex

    Work’s underway in Davenport right now on a new sports complex. It’s a different sight at St. Vincent’s. Crews have been out digging up dirt to make way for the new Assumption High School sports complex. “It`s been really exciting to see what`s happened,” said Assumption High School President, Andy Craig. Along with a new softball field there will also be two practice fields built. Right now the school doesn’t have enough fields for every sport to practice, leaving some […]

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    Local Republican Chairman hopes other GOP candidates drop out

    Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of dropping out of the Presidential race has some hoping more Republican candidates follow his lead. It was just two months ago Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stopped by Davenport after announcing he was running for President. Walker who was an early leader in Iowa faded. On Monday he made it official. Rock Island County Republican Chairman Bill Bloom says Walker made the right choice. “It`s really difficult to get a sense of where the center of […]

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    Knoxville students vote classmates with special needs homecoming king and queen

    One school showed true class as its kicks off its homecoming weekend. There was a royal treatment at Knoxville High School and a king and a queen embraced by the entire community. You could find Elise Engerbretson and Ej Clary sitting in their thrown, ready to take to the streets of Knoxville, Illinois Friday night. As they lead the homecoming court in the parade you could hear people cheering them on. Even a little rain wasn’t going to ruin their […]

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    Why the State of Illinois owes more than $100,000 to some local towns

    The Illinois State Comptroller says the state owes $6 billion in overdue bills right now and communities across the state are getting tired of waiting for their money.

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    Budget impasse leads to layoff for Sterling man

    While some agencies are just getting by thanks to volunteers, others have closed their doors and lost workers. Now they’re not sure they’ll be able to attract them back once the budget crisis finally gets solved. Workers were out of a job after and Independent living facility closed temporarily in Sterling, Illinois. It was almost three months ago when the Executive Director for the Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living had to deliver bad news to clients and employees.  With […]

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    Wilton community honors victims and heroes of 9/11

      People across the country remembered 9/11 today. 14 years ago terrorist hijacked four passenger planes. Two of them crashing into New York’s World Trade center. The community if Wilton, Iowa found a special way to honored the victim’s and the heroes of that day. If you ask someone what they were doing on this day 14 years ago, they could tell you where they were when they heard the news.14 years later, Dennis Hetzler wants people to keep on […]


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