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.

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    Kewanee-Wethersfield consolidation heads to November ballot

    KEWANEE, Illinois – It’s a big issue that could change two school districts. It will be left up to the voters to decided whether or not to consolidate the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts. All that separates the Kewanee and Wethersfield school district is Division Street. However some could say that street says a lot about the two districts that were divided more than 100 years ago. “Wethersfield was founded first and then when the railroad came through town small […]

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    Fight almost breaks out after protester interrupts Bill Clinton’s Davenport rally

    A protester lashed out at Bill Clinton during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities for his wife on Thursday, Oct. 13. The protester starting shouting "Bill is a rapist," almost causing a fight.

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    VP candidate Mike Pence tells Scott County Republicans Trump is ‘a winner’

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Standing before a friendly crowd at the Scott County’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made it clear his running mate is still the right person to vote for. “You have nominated a man for president who never quits, who never backs down, he is a fighter, he`s a winner,” said Governor Pence. He was quick to address Friday’s video release of Trump using derogatory words to describe women. “You know it takes […]

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    They’re ugly, smelly and invading the Quad Cities

    Windows, sidings, even air conditioning units, stink bugs are everywhere.

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    Some Illinois lawmakers want required background checks for umpires and referees

    DAVENPORT, Iowa –  There’s new legislation being drafted in Illinois that may surprise some parents that it’s not already law. It would require high school umpires or referee’s to have background checks. Rebba Carstens cheers for her son Dalton from the stands. “I’m probably one of the louder parents for better or for worse usually the kids will tell me that they can hear me,” said Carstens. As a parent she would like to know her kid’s safe with all […]

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    Local family stuck in Florida to wait out Hurricane Matthew

    ORLANDO, Florida – The Magic Kingdom is facing a monster storm. Thursday, Disney World shut down its park for safety. The Hillman family from Colona, Illinois was on their way there to spend their last day of vacation when they got the news. “It came though on my phone that they were shutting the park down for today and tomorrow,” said Jennifer Hillman. They’re vacation might be over, but their trip to Florida isn’t. “The airport told us at 6 […]

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    Popular escape game growing in the Quad Cities

    Bettendorf, Iowa – It may seem like a nightmare for some people, but for others it sounds like a fun game. You can find escape rooms in big cities across the country. Groups of people are locked in a room and they must solve different puzzles to escape before time runs out. It’s a game growing in popularity and could be growing in the Quad Cities. Scott Carpenter opened his business, Bustout Live Escape Game, in Bettendorf a year ago […]

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    Campaigns work to gain votes with Presidential election five weeks away

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – With the election just five Tuesdays away, both campaigns are doing everything they can to make some of those undecided voters swing their way. The calls are non-stop to convince voters why they should vote for Hillary Clinton.  With the election close, the Democratic office has been busy. “The best thing to do in organizing is to share our personal story and share a personal reason why we support Hillary,” said Chelsea Carrier, Democratic organizer director. For […]

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    Partying with a purpose, students kick off 31st annual Student Hunger Drive

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The 31st annual Student Hunger Drive has officially started. Every year 16 area high school students collect food donations for six weeks. That food goes to the River Bend Food Bank. It serves 22 counties in Iowa and Illinois and more than 125,000 families. “I when I see all these kids collecting food I don`t think about them filling our warehouse, I think about them feeding their classmates,” said executive director, Mike Miller. To celebrate the start […]

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    Dewitt high school students cover downtown with toilet paper as part of yearly tradition

    DEWITT, Iowa – One week each fall a high school prank takes over the whole town. There’s familiar sights that let you know its homecoming week, but in Dewitt, some are more obvious than others. Toilet paper paints the downtown. “My husband and I actually got our meals the other night and we sat out on the front porch swing and watched them. There were 50 kids in just black tping over here,” said Shannon Soenksen, who lives in Dewitt. […]

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    Henry County Humane Society’s new shelter close to completion thanks to big donations

    GENESEO, Illinois –  After more than three years in the making, the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo is close to being finished with its new building.  A big thanks goes to two separate groups who stepped up to make it happen. Some will call it fate that Geneseo High School students would be brought to the Henry County Humane Society’s shelter. The society started building its new shelter more than three years ago, but the inside has sat unfinished. […]

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    Modern Family transgender child actor brings hope for QC family

    The creators of Modern Family cast an eight-year-old transgender actors on TV, but his new role is shining light on a call for more transgender actors on TV.