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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.

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    Class helps Thurgood Marshall students build life skills

    It’s an unique program brought back to life by a volunteer. A class at Thurgood Marshall is teaching students life lessons with some nails and wood. Jamie Brown starts his job every day at 12:30 as a custodian for Thurgood Marshall Learning Center. However, three days a week, you’ll find him at the school three hours before his shift. “It’s a long day every day, but you know at the end it’s well worth,”said Brown. Eight years ago a teacher […]

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    Job cuts coming to Western Illinois University

    Without a fully authorized budget in Illinois the economic ripple effect is hitting hard at Western Illinois University. The cuts they feared are now coming to Western Illinois University. WIU’s budget director Matt Bierman says significant cuts will be made, “We`re put in this situation because of the state and because of enrollment. So the state’s involvement in this process right now has to do with no budget and the uncertainty of that and trying to figure that out. The […]

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    Rival teams come together for diabetes research

    The lady wildcats and the lady lancers took to the court tonight and although Davenport North and North Scott are rival schools they’re teaming to beat a common foe. Sixth graders Lauren Boynton and Grace Tollefsen have been best friends for most of their lives. They both  play for Davenport North’s youth team. They also were both diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “It’s nice to talk to be able to talk to someone who actually understands it without having to […]

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    Sterling residents speak out against proposed tax hike

    In Sterling, changes in state law is part of the reason the city could hike property taxes by almost 19 percent. Tonight residents spoke out against the planned hike saying enough is enough. The decision if made, won’t sit well with some residents in Sterling. The city of Sterling is looking at an 18.76 percent tax levy increase. Taxes would go up $120 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. Illinois cities face some tough decisions thanks to […]

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    Five-year-old gets wish fulfilled at Disney On Ice

    Tonight was the opening night for Disney On Ice at the I-Wireless Center. It was a special night for a five-year-old girl from Rapid City, who got to have her wish come true. It’s not often five-year-old Haylee Short gets to be a kid. She was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was three. Since then she’s been in Peoria receiving treatment. “She`s in the hospital a lot so to see her actually just enjoy herself and be out of that […]

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    Despite higher number of donations River Bend Foodbank still needs more

    It’s been a great year for donations coming into the River Bend Food Bank, already surpassing last year’s number of meals. However, despite the increase in donations it’s still not enough to feel all those in need. Last year River Bend Foodbank distributed 7.3 million meals. This year they’re already over 9 million meals for 2015. It’s still less than half of the meals necessary to feed everyone. “The one in eight people who don’t have enough food to eat […]

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    Cameron, Illinois thankful for progress after tornado

    Almost five months after a tornado ripped through Cameron, Illinois, the community is rebuilding itself. The tornado tore through the town on Thursday, July 16, 2015.   Thankfully there were no “significant injuries” to any residents reported. “I get teary-eyed when I talk about a lot of things like this, but it hurts and we’ll get over it and like the preacher said, the old flag pole got bent but we’re not broke,” said resident Fred Johnson whose home was destroyed. Fast forward […]

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    Background checks required for Arsenal visitors starting December 1

    New security changes are coming to the Rock Island Arsenal, requiring background checks for all visitors. Visitors who want to access Arsenal Island will have only one option, at their new visitor control center at the Moline entrance, as of December 1, 2015. “We are implementing new processes that have been pushed down from the Department of Defense and Department of the Army,” said Tj Suarez, the Chief of Physical Security on the Arsenal. Employees or those living on the […]

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    Cruz hopes to keep momentum going in Iowa

    The latest Quinniupiac University poll of likely Iowa Caucus-goers has Ted Cruz now at number two, just points behind front-runner Donald Trump.  Senator Cruz brought some of that growing support to some Eastern Iowa stops he made today in his plan to visit all of Iowa’s 99 counties. There wasn’t an open seat available Monday night at the Tanglewood Hills Pavillion in Bettendorf. People gathered to see for themselves what the polls are talking about. Some could say Senator Cruz’s […]

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    Business owners feel pain of Harrison Street closure

    It’s good news, bad news for business owners on Harrison Street. Good news is the project will be done sooner than predicted, but plans to open one lane on Harrison until then isn’t going to happen. It was just two weeks ago business owners on Harrison Street were singing a different tune. After being closed since August business owners were told one lane would be open by November 21st.  However, thanks to the weather, that didn’t happen. “When I got […]

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    How an Illinois woman’s life-altering disease led her to a stem cell transplant

    A local woman worried she had no more options for battling a rare autoimmune disease, then she became part of a clinical trial for a stem cell transplant.

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    Local woman risks her life with stem cell transplant to fight rare disease

    Jaime says she feels like a prisoner; she's forced to stay inside most days because anything can trigger her symptoms.


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