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
  • Muscatine not revealing mayor impeachment costs to taxpayers

    MUSCATINE, Iowa – The battle between the Muscatine mayor and city council has been going on for almost two years in and out of the courtroom. The big question is: How much of the taxpayers’ money was being spent to try and remove the mayor? Back in June 2017, News 8 sent the City Administrator Gregg Mandsager a request for documents reflecting the amount spent by the city of Muscatine, relating to the council’s attempt to impeach Mayor Broderson. At […]

  • Local victim of Equifax data breach says he’s frustrated over website issues

    Equifax is recommending people freeze their credit to prevent identity theft but one man says their website isn't working to do so.

  • Sneak peek inside new apartments in Chase Bank building in downtown Moline

    MOLINE – Built in the 1920s the historic Chase Bank building sits right in the heart of downtown Moline, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 15th Street. “5th Avenue and 15th Street is really what I consider the intersection of our main streets downtown, so this is a critical corner,” said Ray Forsythe, the city’s Planning and Development Director. The nine story building houses Chase Bank on the bottom floor with some offices on the upper Floors, however some […]

  • Nationwide shortage on popular blood pressure medication

    People that use the popular medicine called Atenolol might have a hard time getting their prescriptions refilled.

  • Man killed in early morning shooting in Burlington

    Update:Ā Burlington Police have released the name of the individual shot to death early in the morning on Sunday, Sept. 10 as Demarcus A. Chew, 26, of Burlington. No arrests have been made in connection with the fatal shooting and the incident remains under investigation. Earlier: BURLINGTON, Iowa – Police say one person is dead after a shooting early Sunday morning. Police say they responded to the area of North 5th Street and Iowa Street in Burlington around six in the […]

  • Isle of Capri Riverboat casino returns to the Quad Cities with new purpose

    BETTENDORF – One year after its departure, the Isle of Capri Riverboat casino is returning home, but this time with a new name and new look. It was a welcome home party for a piece of Quad City history. “I remembered when it first came in 1995,” said Nancy Ballenger, Vice President and General Manager at the Isle. What was once a casino riverboat is now a piece of royalty on the Mississippi River. The American Duchess is the newest […]

  • Hundreds rally at the University of Iowa to defend DACA program

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – Hundreds came out to show their support for the nearly 800,000 immigrants across American whose future is now in limbo. “There are too many people whose livelihoods, their futures, their dreams everything that this country has to offer them, all of that is on the line,” said Emiliano Martinez, student at the University of Iowa. President Trump announced it would end DACA. The program protects young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Undocumented immigrants […]

  • Rival schools come together at football game to help Hurricane Harvey victims

    DAVENPORT – Relief efforts for victims in Texas are pouring in, many even coming from right here in the Quad Cities. It’s officially football season. Thursday, August 31st, the Bettendorf Bulldogs played against the Davenport Assumptions Knights. “Bettendorf and assumptions been rivals since I don`t even know, a long time,” said Assumption High School student, Trent Fitzpatrick. However, on this night the rivalry is put aside. Off the field, both schools are playing for the same team. “It’s cool that […]

  • Local superintendents are staying cautiously optimistic about new education bill

    ROCK ISLAND – School has just gotten started for students, but it has already felt like a difficult year for school administrators. “A lot of uncertainties stress and anxiety. We were starting to plan the what ifs if we don`t have state funding, how do we keep going,” said Dr. Mike Oberhaus, superintendent for the Rock Island/Milan School District. Some of that stress is finally being relieved after state lawmakers passed an Illinois education reform bill that also allows money […]

  • Hurricane Harvey forces family with QC ties to leave their home

    SUGARLAND, Texas – Hurricane Harvey has forced thousands of people to leave their homes. The Pearson family was no exception. “We got a lot of water to just go away and it’s still raining here it’s been raining here,” said Diane Pearson. Pearson a Geneseo native moved her family to Texas almost 12 years ago. “The river crested higher than we were willing to wait and see what happens so we took off,” said Pearson. Hurricane Harvey forced a mandatory […]

  • What’s missing from East Moline classrooms due to lack of state funding

    EAST MOLINE – Ā There’s a new challenge this school year in Mrs. Layer’s second-grade classroom. “I think we worry more than anything about how are we going to meet all their needs,” said Layer. For the first time in 14 years, the East Moline School Board had to cut 20 teachers. Almost half of them are reading teachers. “They would work with some of our most struggling readers and our struggling readers would get instruction in the classroom but we […]

  • Major development project in Village of East Davenport turned away

    DAVENPORT – This valuable wedge of land at the entrance of the Village of East Davenport has been empty for the last seven years. Local businessman Gregg Ontiveros has promised to put a major investment there, “I give you my word you will not be disappointed in this project.” However, Davenport’s Zoning Board voted otherwise. “Looking at it strictly statutory I believe we have some problems with passing this,” said Chairman, Cathy Hart. Ontiveros gave his second and he says […]