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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
  • Kai Miller guilty in fatal Davenport drunk driving crash

    A week-long trial ended with a local man found guilty of killing two people in a drunk driving crash.

  • School district seeks community input for new policies

    A local school district is working to install some new anti-bullying policies. Putting them in place is a community wide effort. It was an intimate conversation between parents, board members and district officials Thursday night at Longfellow Elementary School. “Everything is changing just as academics are changing, global society is changing in every aspect,” said Kathy Ruggeberg, Director of teaching and learning. This is just one of the many Listening and Learning sessions the Rock Island/Milan school district is holding […]

  • Business owners express concerns over new mandatory lockboxes

    A new fire safety plan in two Illinois communities isn’t going over well with business owners. They’re being forced to buy what’s called a Knox Box. Kevin Verslius owns East Moline Feed and Pet Supply. He moved his store to Carbon Cliff nine years ago. “Time for change, time for bigger building and better parking,” said Verslius. However, there’s one change he’s not willing to make.  Most business owners in Carbon Cliff and Barstow got a letter from the fire […]

  • Bettendorf reveals plan to revitalize city

    We’re getting a better idea of what Bettendorf could like once the new I-74 bridge is done. K&K True Value Hardware is one of the oldest businesses still around in downtown Bettendorf. It opened back in 1940. However, since that time there’s been a lot of change. About 40 businesses had to move to make way for the I-74 bridge project. For a year the city had been working on a plan for how they want the future of Bettendorf […]

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    Knoxville hardware store provides a community hangout

    Just south of the Quad Cities, a long time hardware store is celebrating one year back in business. It’s been offering a slew of additions to benefit the entire community. Knoxville Mercantile is the new hot spot in the small town of Knoxville, Illinois. Around three o’clock, when school’s out the customers start rolling in. It’s easy to see why, all the candy you could want, not to mention ice cream. “I like the ice cream and the candy because […]

  • Gov. Rauner stops by the QC to promote “turnaround” plan

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped in the Quad Cities as part of his week-long tour to promote his plan to get Illinois back on track.

  • Early childhood education programs express budget concerns

    Local child care providers say they’re worried they don’t have enough support to keep helping Quad City families. Proposed funding cuts to early childhood education programs on the Illinois side of the river could have a negative impact in more ways than one. Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson got a first-hand look at what early child care services look like in the Quad Cities and tried to answer questions about state cuts likely coming to services like Skip-A-Long. 73 percent […]


    Human Soccer Ball hits the Quad Cities

    Human Soccer Ball is the new sport that everyone in the Quad Cities wants to try. Morris and Company Entertainment has been around for 28 years. Over the years they’ve expanded their company by offering new things, and now they’re the first to offer Human Soccer Ball. “A good way to crash into each other as fast as possible and play soccer with actual contact,” said Justin Morris, manager at Morris and Company Entertainment. Human Soccer Ball has already sparked interest. The company […]

  • Iowa’s education department proposes a fix to funding formula

    It was just last month when Davenport’s superintendent Dr. Art Tate stood before the school board saying he would break the law to avoid millions of dollars in budget cuts. The state must have been listening, because Iowa’s Department of Education is now proposing three options to fix the funding formula for education. “I think Dr. Tate’s actions and his speech on March 9th did instigate a lot of additional attention,” said school board president Ralph Johanson. The 40-year-old formula […]

  • Oil sheen stretches 75 yards along Mississippi River near Thomson

    Booms were placed to help contain a sheen found along the shore of the Mississippi River near Thomson, Illinois.

  • WIU starts dialogue about race and law enforcement

    Western Illinois University wants to build the relationship between students and law enforcement. “The current issue right now is our diversity in our police agencies and how we interact in respect to our communities,” said Scott Harris, WIU’s director of public safety. On Tuesday night, consultants from WSM Trainers were brought in to hold a discussion about race and law enforcement. “They get a chance to interact and see what type of training that the police go through,” said Harris. […]

  • Camanche MDA Fundraiser celebrates 26 years

    It might not be one of the Quad City area’s biggest communities, but it’s making  big difference this weekend in the lives of those who need it. Cheryl Paasch started the Camanche MDA Fundraiser 26 years ago. “My husband and I have twin sons, Jason and Josh were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when they were nine-years-old,” said Paasch. She wanted to put the fundraiser on to help other families with medical expenses. All the money raised goes towards the Muscular […]


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