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
  • Galesburg’s new superintendent optimistic about district’s finances

    GALESBURG, Illinois –¬† The Galesburg School District is heading into a new school year with a new superintendent and for the first time in a while things are looking up for the district. John Asplund is getting settled into his new school district. “I`ve been a county away for the last six years, so really just coming back home was the big motivation,” said Asplund. He’s Galesburg’s new superintendent. Asplund will lead the district, who’s faced deep cuts in teachers, […]

  • Illinois House’s vote crucial for local agency and school district

    STERLING, Illinois – For the first time in three years, Michel Miller says she’s finally feeling optimistic. “We`re very hopeful that this is finally coming to an end,” said Miller. Miller is the Executive Director for the Northwestern Center for Independent Living (NICIL) in Sterling. The agency helps people with disabilities live on their own. However, after three years of on and off state funding, the agency is down to bare bones. “Living moment to moment isn`t anything anybody should […]

  • Golf Deals: Get a slice of history at the Arsenal Island Golf Course

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL – At the Arsenal Island Golf Course, you can get a slice of history while playing along the Mississippi River. “The golf course was built 1897 they started with five holes, continued to make nine holes in the next two years and then by 1902 we had a full 18 holes of golf here. There`s three tee boxes here where you can turn around and just throw your ball into the Mississippi River, you`re so close to […]

  • Galesburg family provides free lawn care for elderly and military members

    This family business is going above and beyond to provide great lawn care and they're doing it for free.

  • Augie professor moves family into dorm for new program

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – For most college students going away to school means no parents and fewer rules, but what if you had to live with one of your professors? That’s what some students at Augustana College are doing this year. Kathy Jakielski is getting settled into her new home. She’s downgraded in size and has gained some new neighbors. “The students have been friendly,” said Jakielski. Jakielski, a professor at Augustana College is getting to know her students on […]

  • Colona city council reverses decision, grants Lazy Dog BarBQ license

    City reverses decision and allows popular BBQ vendor to have business license.

  • Moline re-evaluating parking rules after ticket complaints

    Business owners in downtown Moline say the city's new parking enforcer does a little bit too much enforcing.

  • 21 years in the making, crews finally break ground on I-74 Bridge project

    BETTENDORF – After decades in the making a vision is finally becoming a reality. On Monday, crews held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the long awaited I-74 Bridge project. Among the crowd was Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Watch: I-74 Bridge groundbreaking¬†ceremony The I-74 bridge has connected Iowa and Illinois since 1935. However, it has outlived its usefulness. “Its existing structure can no longer handle our travel needs of today. Our growing and vibrant communities that […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal lays out the future for the Island

    The Rock Island Arsenal laid out it's ten year plan for the Island.

  • Davenport Diocese welcomes new Bishop

    BETTENDORF – For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a new Bishop in the Davenport Diocese. After a two-hour installation ceremony in front of a packed church, Thomas Zinkula says he’s starting to feel like a bishop. “I feel a lot more like a bishop these days, so I`m banking on the holy spirit anyway to help me to be a good bishop.” The ceremony at St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf was filled with deep symbolism […]

  • Governor Rauner calling on lawmakers to come together on eve of special session

    Lawmakers are heading back to Springfield for a special session.

  • R.I alderman question money source for multi-million dollar library project

    ROCK ISLAND – Tonight, Rock Island alderman are questioning how the city’s library board will pay for a multi-million dollar plan for the future. The Rock Island Library board plans to buy the soon to be empty Tri-City Jewish Center and convert it to the central library. The board would shut down the nearby 30/31 branch, downsize the downtown library and keep the Southwest branch open. “It is innovative, it is not your usual solution, we`re talking about reuse,” said […]