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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
  • Soldier surprises sister at Davenport graduation

    One local graduate got the surprise of her life.

  • Students give principal a surprise good-bye

    A Rock Island school is saying good-bye to one of their own, but they’re making sure they give him a very special send off. Jordan Catholic School’s principal Mike Daley thought he was walking into a pep assembly, little did he know it was an assembly for him. Students and staff have been preparing for weeks for his gift, a video saying good-bye. Daley has been principal for six years and now he’s retiring. He’s responsible for bringing a lot […]

  • Local history behind the Ferris Wheel

    The birthplace of the Ferris wheel is just south of the Quad Cities. The father of the Ferris wheel still has family in the area.

  • Service dog denied in Sherrard grade school

    A Quad City community is standing behind a second grader and her family after she was no longer allowed to bring her service dog to school. That family is now seeking legal action against the district. It was a crowd of purple outside the Sherrard school board meeting Wednesday May 21, 2014. None of them were there for items on the agenda but for a former Sherrard student. Eight-year-old Kellsey McGuire has epilepsy and suffers from seizures because of it.  […]

  • RICo Board votes to stop mileage payments and freeze salaries

    Some new policies are on the books for the Rock Island County board, including a salary freeze for the next four years.

  • Local vets say VA care remains topnotch here

    Bikers are traveling across the country to raise awareness for veterans on a ten-day motorcycle ride that started in California.

  • Missing boater’s body found

    More than a week after a boat and five passengers went through rollers at Lock & Dam 14, the body of the man that went missing during the incident was found. It was confirmed by the Rock Island County Coroner that the body found near Sunset Marina Friday afternoon, May 16 belonged to Charles Slocum. Someone had seen the body near Sunset Marina around 4 p.m. Crews from the Arsenal recovered the body near the I-280 Bridge. Charles Slocum, 42, […]


    Reading program created by QC teacher expands

    News 8 first told you last year about a reading program unlike any other, created by a Quad City teacher. Now in its third year, they’ve seen great success and their test results are proof. It’s a year later and things are a little different at Lourdes Catholic School. There’s still a lot of singing and dancing but now more mentoring. The brains behind it all is first grade teacher Jane Volden.  She created a Voweletics. It’s a reading program […]

  • Mediapolis faces another rash of car burglaries

    For the second time in two months, police in Mediapolis, Iowa say cars and garages were burglarized in the latest rash of such crimes reported there.

  • U.S. number one for wine market

    For the first time ever the United States is now the number one wine market in the World. Some local companies are getting a taste of that growing popularity. John Tadlock and Marty Sievers say they both just kind of stumbled into making wine. “I never really thought about it, I ended up out here,” said Tadlock. The U.S. is now the number one wine market in the world, beating France. That’s not a surprise to local wineries like Lavender […]

  • Community rallies around three-year-old who needs heart transplant

    A Quad City community is rallying around one of their own after learning that a three-year-old will need a heart transplant. Family and friends are stepping in to help. Sometimes in life you have to deal with the cards you are dealt. “I wouldn’t say it’s been easy, but it is what it is and as a person, as a mom, you just do what you have to do,” said mom Meghan Kohn. Even when those cards aren’t always the […]

  • Local grads aim to fill nursing demand

    It was a very busy weekend across the Quad Cities as hundreds of college students graduate. St. Ambrose University will graduate it’s largest nursing class ever, just in time for the rest of us. It’s the end of one chapter and the start to another one. “It’ a great accomplishment. It’s something I’ve worked on for a few years,” said graduating student Kim Cusic. On May 9, 2014, there was a pinning ceremony for future nurses. “It just signifies that […]