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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
  • Same sex couple among the first to wed in Galesburg

    It’s been a historic week in the state of Illinois as the first same-sex couple legally wed in the state. Billy and Gary were both feeling calm heading into the hours before their wedding. “Excited and very happy,” is how Gary Patterson described his feelings. The couple has been together for 26 years; they met in high school. “Well I think after 26 years that we can endure each other; that many years, speaks volumes,” said Bill Redfern. This ceremony […]

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    WQAD’s Jason Fechner to kayak for cancer support, donations

    A blue kayak will go back-and-forth on the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island on Saturday, June 7th. For 12 hours straight. “I’ve never come close to paddling for that long,” WQAD anchor Jason Fechner said, “but it seems like a good goal for a great cause.” Fechner, whose mom is marking 10 years since she won her battle against breast cancer, currently has friends fighting the disease and he says wanted to do something special for them. “A […]

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    Illinois’ first West Nile case reported in Colona

    The first case of the West Nile Virus for this year has been confirmed in Illinois and it's right here in the Quad Cities area.

  • Housing and business boom in downtown Davenport

    30 years in the making, more big time developments are becoming reality in downtown Davenport. Business owner Ron Bellomy is retiring after 42 years of business. “When I came here in ’72 and bought this place people thought I was crazy,” said Bellomy. His business Riverbend Antiques has been in the same spot, downtown Davenport. He’s noticed a change over the years. Over the last two years downtown has seen 40 new or expanded businesses. One of them being Abernathy’s, […]

  • 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 […]