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.


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    How you can help Evergreen Village-area tornado victims

    After homes were damaged and some residents were injured, a local fire department is accepting donations to help with storm recovery in the Evergreen Village subdivision area.

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    Storm creates a close call for some in Rock Island

    Across Rock Island, you could see damage, from down power lines to trees knocked over.

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    Galesburg School District discusses cuts to athletics

    More cuts could be coming to the Galesburg School District. The school board discussed cuts to its athletic department Monday night. This comes after the board already approved laying off 49 full-time and part-time staff. 16 of those positions were teachers. They also eliminated close to a dozen school clubs. The school board asked the athletic director to look at cutting $50,000 from the budget. Some of the ideas brought up to get to that number, were transferring the junior […]

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    New drug initiative could be coming to Rock Island County

    Police in Lee County say a new initiative to curb drug addiction has been a great success. They’ve been able to keep fewer addicts out of jail and more receiving treatment they need. The program could be coming to the Quad Cities. Six months ago, Lee County, Illinois started a different approach when it comes to drug addiction. They started the Safe Passage initiative. If a drug user calls or comes in asking for help, police and sheriff’s deputies connect […]

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    What to do in an active shooter situation

    Following a number of shootings across the country, tonight Galesburg Police met with the community to talk to them about how to respond in an active shooter situation. At Carl Sandburg College, Sgt. Dan Hostens from the Galesburg Police Department gave people advice. He says people need to take a more proactive approach. “Most of the time they’re trying to create as many casualties as they can in a short amount of time, because they know the police are coming,” […]

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    Sales tax proposal in Rock Island-Milan School District will be on November ballot

    The Rock Island-Milan School District approved a resolution requesting a one percent sales tax be put on the November ballot, even though voters have rejected it three times now. “We have to have a compelling argument to tell the voters why this is important,” said Superintendent, Mike Oberhaus. The district’s argument, the tax would benefit all schools in the county and for Rock Island-Milan that could mean an additional $3 million. “The school structures in our district are about worth […]

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    Bettendorf parents upset over the lack of communication regarding class size

    The Bettendorf School District has made a move to create smaller class sizes, but their vote has a lot of parents upset. Parents Monday night would tell you they were left in the dark. “I was pretty flabbergasted when I saw that email this morning. I saw no communication prior to this morning that a vote was going to occur,” said one parent. At a work session on Saturday the board voted to add staff to reduce class sizes, However, […]

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    Rock Island County Republican Chairman responds to Romney’s comments about Trump

    It’s the comments from another Republican today that could impact Trump’s campaign. Mitt Romney slammed Trump, asking republicans to nominate anyone but him. Mitt Romney did something unprecedented; he called out his party’s leading presidential candidate in front of an audience at the University of Utah. “The only serious policy proposals that deal with national challenges come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, one of these men should be our nominee,” said Romney. It’s that kind of dialogue […]

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    Davenport police take new approach to address gun violence

    Already this year, Davenport has reported more than two dozen shots fired incidents. Police are continuing their efforts to crack down and are even taking a new approach. Elder Daniel Teague started a grass-roots effort six months ago called Boots on the Ground, wanting to address the violence in Davenport. “We wanted to take a different approach to the violence. We`re going to go to the people in the community and find out what’s actually going on,” said Teague. However, […]

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    Davenport Creative Arts students show why funding is needed

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad traveled across the state today, stopping by Davenport this afternoon to check out a special academy. The Creative Arts Academy is a unique program started two years ago to let Davenport students explore the arts. On Tuesday, students got to perform for the governor himself, demonstrating to Governor Terry Branstad that funding for the academy is worth it. “Putting your money in art is not a waste of time, because it is making great people, great […]

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    How Illinois pensions became a budget nightmare, and what could be done about it

    At the heart of the Illinois' budget impasse lies billions of dollars in unfunded pensions.

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    Embracing the Leap Day birthday

    Today, a few people in the Quad Cities celebrated a rare birthday, because it will be another four years before it comes around again. Two little surprises came into the world today, Kable Kirkove and Ellie Marie Schmidt. Their parents were hoping their birthdays would have fallen on a different date.  Ellie came a whole month early. “We just wanted to make it to March 1st, we didn’t quite get there,” said mom, Nichole. However when they’re old enough to […]

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