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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
  • Former hospital site could be turned into senior living facility

    The site of the former Lutheran Hospital in Moline could be replaced with a $51 million project. The city says the vacant lot is in the need of some redevelopment. Russell Construction is proposing a development called The Point, a senior living facility. The facility would have 135 units and would offer independent living, assisted living and a memory care unit. Right now the city of Moline owns the property. According to the agreement, Russell Construction would buy the land […]

  • Bettendorf proposes “safe room” for natural disasters

    An expansion could be coming to a local high school and while some student athletes are definitely on board with the plan it could come down to improved safety for everyone. Bettendorf High School’s wrestling practice room needs a little updating. “That room is what we call like the dungeon. It’s pretty dark and stuff and it gets hot in there as well,” said wrestler, Fredy Stroker. Not to mention the room needs to be bigger. Right now the team […]

  • RiCo Republicans hopeful for presidential seat in 2016

    Area Republicans are hopeful their party will come out on top for the presidential race in 2016. The Rock Island County Board picked up two Republican seats, Illinois elected a Republican Govenor and Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson beat Democrat Mike Jacobs who served for nine years. “I think we’ve been with one party for a while and I think the people are probably ready to do something else,” said Drue Mielke, a Rock Island County board member. The Rock […]

  • Kai Miller guilty in fatal Davenport drunk driving crash

    A week-long trial ended with a local man found guilty of killing two people in a drunk driving crash.

  • School district seeks community input for new policies

    A local school district is working to install some new anti-bullying policies. Putting them in place is a community wide effort. It was an intimate conversation between parents, board members and district officials Thursday night at Longfellow Elementary School. “Everything is changing just as academics are changing, global society is changing in every aspect,” said Kathy Ruggeberg, Director of teaching and learning. This is just one of the many Listening and Learning sessions the Rock Island/Milan school district is holding […]

  • Business owners express concerns over new mandatory lockboxes

    A new fire safety plan in two Illinois communities isn’t going over well with business owners. They’re being forced to buy what’s called a Knox Box. Kevin Verslius owns East Moline Feed and Pet Supply. He moved his store to Carbon Cliff nine years ago. “Time for change, time for bigger building and better parking,” said Verslius. However, there’s one change he’s not willing to make.  Most business owners in Carbon Cliff and Barstow got a letter from the fire […]

  • Bettendorf reveals plan to revitalize city

    We’re getting a better idea of what Bettendorf could like once the new I-74 bridge is done. K&K True Value Hardware is one of the oldest businesses still around in downtown Bettendorf. It opened back in 1940. However, since that time there’s been a lot of change. About 40 businesses had to move to make way for the I-74 bridge project. For a year the city had been working on a plan for how they want the future of Bettendorf […]

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    Knoxville hardware store provides a community hangout

    Just south of the Quad Cities, a long time hardware store is celebrating one year back in business. It’s been offering a slew of additions to benefit the entire community. Knoxville Mercantile is the new hot spot in the small town of Knoxville, Illinois. Around three o’clock, when school’s out the customers start rolling in. It’s easy to see why, all the candy you could want, not to mention ice cream. “I like the ice cream and the candy because […]

  • Gov. Rauner stops by the QC to promote “turnaround” plan

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped in the Quad Cities as part of his week-long tour to promote his plan to get Illinois back on track.

  • Early childhood education programs express budget concerns

    Local child care providers say they’re worried they don’t have enough support to keep helping Quad City families. Proposed funding cuts to early childhood education programs on the Illinois side of the river could have a negative impact in more ways than one. Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson got a first-hand look at what early child care services look like in the Quad Cities and tried to answer questions about state cuts likely coming to services like Skip-A-Long. 73 percent […]


    Human Soccer Ball hits the Quad Cities

    Human Soccer Ball is the new sport that everyone in the Quad Cities wants to try. Morris and Company Entertainment has been around for 28 years. Over the years they’ve expanded their company by offering new things, and now they’re the first to offer Human Soccer Ball. “A good way to crash into each other as fast as possible and play soccer with actual contact,” said Justin Morris, manager at Morris and Company Entertainment. Human Soccer Ball has already sparked interest. The company […]

  • Iowa’s education department proposes a fix to funding formula

    It was just last month when Davenport’s superintendent Dr. Art Tate stood before the school board saying he would break the law to avoid millions of dollars in budget cuts. The state must have been listening, because Iowa’s Department of Education is now proposing three options to fix the funding formula for education. “I think Dr. Tate’s actions and his speech on March 9th did instigate a lot of additional attention,” said school board president Ralph Johanson. The 40-year-old formula […]


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