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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
  • Levee commission speaks out about Dock project

    It’s back to the drawing board for the old Dock restaurant in Davenport. The city terminated their agreement with developer Todd Raufeisen after he missed his deadline for demolishing the building. However, this time around the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission wants their intentions to be heard. Commission members drafted a letter to city council explaining their vision for the riverfront.   “Having shops, having a restaurant, things such as that the public can go to and still maintain access to […]

  • Study shows Kewanee-Wethersfield consolidation could work

    Community members from Kewanee and Wethersfield have a better idea if the two districts can be combined. Tuesday night a feasibility study was presented. The study looked at several factors, from enrollment, test scores, transportation and financial status. The study shows combining the two districts into one could work. Not only could combining the two districts have an academic advantage but they could save some money. One option thrown out was to have pre-k through 8th grade attend at Wethersfield […]

  • New gym hopes to combat PTSD

      It’s the first of its kind in the Quad Cities. A new gym has opened its doors to help veterans deal with PTSD. What started as an idea is now a reality for Josh Hatler, a gym offering free membership to veterans. “I thought there could be some alternative way besides the VA that veterans can deal with their issues,” said Hatler. Hatler is a combat veteran, who served six in the United States Army. “I personally went to […]

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    Sterling agency forced to close until a state budget is passed

    With no Illinois state budget set for next year, one agency in Sterling was forced to lay off workers and close its door temporarily. Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living or NICIL has had to make tough decisions over the years, but their decision on Thursday, the toughest. “We have to tell people I can`t serve them,” said Michele Miller, executive director for NICIL. NICIL has been around for 30 years helping people with disabilities live on their own through […]

  • New rescue boat will help R.I fight fires offshore

    The Rock Island Fire Department has added a new member to its fleet. They’re the last Quad City fire department to get a rescue boat. “We have a 26 foot custom-made fire rescue boat,” said Rock Island’s Fire Marshal, Greg Marty. The boat is equipped with a pump so they’ll be able to put out fires. The boat will come in handy with search and rescue. A sonar system with GPS is also on board. “This allows us to go […]

  • State kicks in $10.75 million toward Davenport’s River 80 development

    The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $10.75-million grant to help fund the River 80 project and improvements along Davenport’s riverfront.

  • Rock River flooding takes Backwater Gamblers out of the water

    The Rock River levels have reached above flood stage causing parks to close, flooded streets and a headache for some. The Backwater Gamblers had to cancel their show after high river levels. “It’s just a disappointment for us because we really try to practice religiously,” said Chad Uhde, co-chair show director for the Backwater Gamblers. Not only a loss in money for them but also a loss in practice. “Right now we`re tuning up to be the best we can […]

  • Water out in Rock Falls (WQAD Photo by John David)

    Rock Falls water service restored but boil order in place

    The city will remain in a boil order until samples show the water is safe. The city should get the results of those samples back Thursday morning, June 18th.

  • Funding suspended: John Deere Road expansion put on hold

    The future of Moline’s John Deere Road expansion project is on hold as the Governor suspends funding for the project. The cuts were made because there is no budget set to support the project next year. With phase one of the project completed, the Illinois Department of Transportation was hoping to start construction for phase two this fall. Phase two consists of widening the roads from 38th street to 70th street, adding one lane in each direction. Also building retaining […]

  • Community rallies to help Davenport teen fighting for life after he was hit by car

    A Davenport teen is fighting for his life after he was hit by a car while riding his bike last week. Family and friends are getting together to help raise money for medical expenses. On June 3rd, 14-year-old Cruz Perez was riding his bike near Telegraph and Belmont Street in Davenport when he was hit by a car. Now Cruz is fighting for his life at the University of Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. “He suffered a skull fracture,” said […]

  • Savannah play based on unsolved murder

    It’s a murder mystery that shocked the small town of Savannah, Illinois more than 100 years ago. The story is being retold in a new way. It’s a story that many people in the small city of Savannah, Illinois don’t know, but soon that will change. “15 years ago I became aware of the story,” said Direct Al Cairo. Ever since then Cairo has been interested in the story. He turned the story into a play back in 2005, but […]

  • Dead birds found in Iowa yard – what to do if you find any

    A mom west of the Quad Cities shared her concerns about the avian flu after she found several dead birds in her yard. She’s not alone, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has had quite a few calls coming in. It was an unusual sight for Kristina Hunt. “We saw a couple the other day and then yesterday we started noticing more,” said Hunt. Within the first couple days of June 2015, she found four dead birds outside her home […]


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