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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
  • Local Fraternities defend Greek life after nationwide scandals

    Local members say they're working to show all the good things about Greek life.

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    Alleman’s dance marathon raises $28,000 for kids battling cancer

    Hundreds of students spent their night dancing¬† away while raising money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. This is the second year Alleman High School held a dance marathon. It’s a way to raise money and awareness for kids with cancer. Money will be used towards ‘comfort kits’ which contain games, gift cards and gas money for families at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year the school was able to raise close to $15,000. For the Alleman […]

  • Neighbors say lights at Rock Island FedEx facility are a big problem

    There's bright and then there's too bright.

  • Martin Luther King Center reaches milestone

      This month marks a milestone for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center as its celebrating its 40th anniversary. Reverend Dwight Ford grew up in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. “It was always the place I could meet friends, it was always a place where we would be positively impacted by adults,” said Rev. Ford. Rev. Ford now serves as the center’s executive director. He’s see a lot of change happen, from higher participation, expanding program to […]

  • Local governments fight to keep state funding

    City leaders in Rock Island are fighting to protect state funding for local government. Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal trims more than $600 million from city budgets across the state. Monday night the Rock Island city council took action to get their message across to the Illinois General Assembly. They approved to send a letter to the Governor to express their concerns. “We would have to eliminate a lot of things including a lot of personnel. Its something we’re urging the […]

  • Moline’s pep band makes it to final round for regional contest

    The Moline High School pep band was competing for 2015 Best Pep Band in the Region.

  • Rock Island/Milan Superintendent wants new bullying policies

    Tonight the Rock Island/Milan school district is ready to take the next step to address bullying at school. The changes come a little more than a week after a parent stood before the school board asking for a change. Back on February 26, 2015, a mom told the school board her oldest son was being bullied and hazed by his teammates from Rock Island’s High School swim team. Not even a week later one of Rocky’s top swimmers was suspended […]

  • Moline woman fearful after coyote fights dog in her back yard

    A Moline woman was asking the city to step up as her dog recovers from a fight with a coyote.

  • Boetje’s teams up with local Distillery to make bourbon mustard

    Two local companies are coming together to put a twist on mustard. It’s a new product rolling down the assembly line at Boetje’s Mustard. They came up with the idea to add bourbon to the list of ingredients. Boetje’s pitched the idea to the Mississippi River Distilling Company, who was all for it. “We had actually toyed with trying to make mustard vodka or something, but it just wasn’t that great,” said Ryan Burchett, owner of Mississippi River Distilling Company. […]

  • R.I. woman returns home to her apartment engulfed in flames

    When a fire ripped through part of Spencer Towers this week, it took one woman’s belongings and memories along with it. Three people were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 after an apartment fire in Rock Island. It happened at the Spencer Towers at 2nd Avenue and 20th Street shortly after 2 a.m. The blaze started in Gladys Gibbs apartment. Luckily Gibbs was not home at the time. However, the fire destroyed her belongings […]

  • Moline looks at new strategy to recruit retailers

    City leaders in Moline are moving forward with a strategy to accelerate shopping options on the Illinois side of the river. 11 months ago the city hired a consulting group called, Retail Strategies to help develop a plan.¬† Tuesday night, those consultants met with local property owners, investors and real estate brokers. Their goal is to recruit new retailers to the city. “The real estate brokers and the property owners and the investors are excited about the opportunity and now […]

  • Stern to Move Marijuana Dispensary to Southwest Rock Island

    Stern Beverage President and CEO Matt Stern plans to move his medical marijuana dispensary to southwest Rock Island, according to city council documents shown for Monday, March 2, 2015. Stern had previously planned to build his dispensary off of Blackhawk Road near the Rock Valley Plaza. Council document show that Stern now wants to build his dispensary on 14 acres of land at the northeast corner of Andalusia Road and Illinois 92 in the southwestern part of the city. Rock […]


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