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
  • Belgian Village To Go sees success after first year

    MOLINE – One year ago a daughter decided to reopen her family’s well-known Quad City restaurant but reopen it with a new concept. Katie Manning has making sandwiches down to a fine art. “We`ll probably round out 350 to 400 Rueben`s not counting all the other miscellaneous sandwiches,” said Katie. It’s been a year since she reopened her family’s famous business and says she feels like she’s now got the hang of things. Katie’s parents decided to retire and close […]

  • Another city welcomes BBQ vendor after Colona denies business license

    COLONA, Illinois – The community of Colona is fighting to keep a business running. Just a day after News 8 told you Joe Duncan was denied a business license from the city of Colona another city is welcoming him with open arms. “Who knows that might be a better spot over there,” says Duncan. Silvis says it’s working quickly to find a spot for Duncan and his business Lazy Dog BarBQ. “They were excited about having me come over there […]

  • City denies license for well-known Colona BBQ vendor

    COLONA, Illinois – After 12 years in business a well-known BBQ vendor won’t be able to sell food off the streets in Colona anymore. Joe Duncan runs Lazy Dog BarBQ, but he doesn’t work out of a restaurant. He cooks out of the smoker pulled by his truck that he parks outside of a garage. Duncan operates his business six months out of the year. “This is my life, really is. I enjoy getting up in the morning,” said Duncan. […]

  • Colona community fighting to keep food pantry open

    COLONA, Illinois – A community is fighting to keep a food pantry open. The city of Colona just had properties appraised as a way to generate money. One property is home to the building that houses the food pantry It’s something that’s near and dear to Janice Miller’s heart, “I just don`t want to go down there someday and be locked out of that building, these people need that food pantry.” Miller, who’s director of the food pantry, along with […]

  • Moline J.C. Penney celebrates 100 years as retail industry declines

    MOLINE – The retail business couldn’t be more cut throat than it is right now. Nine companies have filed for bankruptcy just this year, at a pace we haven’t seen since the great recession in 2009. However, a bright spot for one company is in Moline. It’s a celebration that’s very rare these days when it comes to the retail industry. J.C. Penney opened its first Illinois store in downtown Moline in 1917 and now its celebrating 100 years in […]

  • New chapter for Rock Island library as it finds a new home

    ROCK ISLAND – There’s a possible new location for Rock Island’s main library. The library board is moving ahead with plans to keep some branches open, but move the library headquarters to the Tri City Jewish Center. Last year the Rock Island Library Board couldn’t afford to keep all of its locations open, the board looked at closing its 30/31 branch and its Southwest branch while improving its downtown library. “At that time there were no other options for building […]

  • County removing levee, concerns grow in Barstow

    BARSTOW, Illinois – A levee that’s being removed by the county is causing a lot of concern for people living in Barstow. “Ever since I`ve lived there because of that pile of dirt, levee, whatever you want to call it, we`ve not had a drop of water in our house or in the yard until 2013,” said Deb Fuller, a Barstow resident. However, that levee in Barstow, built years ago by a property owner will be removed by the county. […]

  • What Davenport Schools would do if superintendent Tate loses his license

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – The Davenport school board started the discussion on what to do if superintendent Dr Art Tate loses his license. Right now superintendent Tate is being investigated by the state board of education for illegally dipping into the district’s reserves. The board is no longer confident lawmakers will be able to fix the district’s problem. One of the bills which was voted unanimously out of the Senate would fix the funding formula over the next ten years. The […]

  • Police release victim’s identity in Stockton officer-involved shooting

    STOCKTON, Illinois – The Illinois State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. It happened Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm. The incident occurred in the intersection of West Front Ave at Blackhawk Drive in Stockton, Illinois. The Stockton Police Department received a call of three suspicious adult subjects coming and going from a vehicle stopped on Blackhawk Drive. The owner of the vehicle, 41-year-old Troy J. Boyle was observed setting his car on fire just before police arrived. An […]

  • Viking Cruises Mississippi tour in Davenport delayed by federal law

    A federal law passed decades ago could stop the cruise from coming.

  • High School student gets leg amputated, mom calls surgery a ‘blessing in disguise’

    The Pleasant Valley community is showing support for one of its own. At just 15 years old Parker Kress made the difficult decision to amputate his leg.

  • New Davenport juvenile program is giving teens a second chance

    It's helping to lower the number of juveniles who re-offend.