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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
  • Missing boater’s body found

    More than a week after a boat and five passengers went through rollers at Lock & Dam 14, the body of the man that went missing during the incident was found. It was confirmed by the Rock Island County Coroner that the body found near Sunset Marina Friday afternoon, May 16 belonged to Charles Slocum. Someone had seen the body near Sunset Marina around 4 p.m. Crews from the Arsenal recovered the body near the I-280 Bridge. Charles Slocum, 42, […]


    Reading program created by QC teacher expands

    News 8 first told you last year about a reading program unlike any other, created by a Quad City teacher. Now in its third year, they’ve seen great success and their test results are proof. It’s a year later and things are a little different at Lourdes Catholic School. There’s still a lot of singing and dancing but now more mentoring. The brains behind it all is first grade teacher Jane Volden.  She created a Voweletics. It’s a reading program […]

  • Mediapolis faces another rash of car burglaries

    For the second time in two months, police in Mediapolis, Iowa say cars and garages were burglarized in the latest rash of such crimes reported there.

  • U.S. number one for wine market

    For the first time ever the United States is now the number one wine market in the World. Some local companies are getting a taste of that growing popularity. John Tadlock and Marty Sievers say they both just kind of stumbled into making wine. “I never really thought about it, I ended up out here,” said Tadlock. The U.S. is now the number one wine market in the world, beating France. That’s not a surprise to local wineries like Lavender […]

  • Community rallies around three-year-old who needs heart transplant

    A Quad City community is rallying around one of their own after learning that a three-year-old will need a heart transplant. Family and friends are stepping in to help. Sometimes in life you have to deal with the cards you are dealt. “I wouldn’t say it’s been easy, but it is what it is and as a person, as a mom, you just do what you have to do,” said mom Meghan Kohn. Even when those cards aren’t always the […]

  • Local grads aim to fill nursing demand

    It was a very busy weekend across the Quad Cities as hundreds of college students graduate. St. Ambrose University will graduate it’s largest nursing class ever, just in time for the rest of us. It’s the end of one chapter and the start to another one. “It’ a great accomplishment. It’s something I’ve worked on for a few years,” said graduating student Kim Cusic. On May 9, 2014, there was a pinning ceremony for future nurses. “It just signifies that […]

  • Search for lost boater continues, instructor provides safety tips

    The search continues for the body of a local husband and father whose boat capsized and went through the lock and dam at Le Claire. It’s the type of tragedy that happens too often on our river, even those very familiar with the Mississippi’s power and strength know there’s only so much anyone can do out there. Judy and Jack Tumbleson have been teaching boating courses for more than 30 years. “The main idea of our courses is to come […]

  • Communication is key for river rescues

    Multiple agencies, dozens of first responders, all jump into action together when it comes to a river search. Communication between them can become a challenge as they organize their search. Fire and rescue crews from Hampton, East Moline and Coal Valley, all coming together for one mission. “When you have something like this, everybody responds,” said conservation officer for the Illinois DNR, Steve Fransiko. It’s great to have all the extra helping hands, but there comes a challenge keeping crews […]

  • Wife of missing boater calls husband a hero

    The search for Charles Slocum continued after the other passengers from a capsized boat say he saved their lives.

  • legislative paper overload

    Why your lawmakers don’t read every bill before they vote

    Lawmakers in Illinois and Iowa say it's impossible for them to carefully read the thousands of bills, and hundreds of thousands of pages of paper, they are presented with each session.

  • Plunging for charity takes off in Mercer County

    It’s an act of kindness that’s gone viral, requiring people to take a plunge into water. The Mercer County varsity softball team is taking a break from the field to take a dip in a pool. That pool water is 51 degrees. “It was freezing,” said softball player, Jessica Brooks. You might think they’re crazy, but it’s trending in Mercer County. They’re calling it the polar plunge and once you’ve been challenged, its your turn to take a dive. “Before […]

  • Knox College on list of 55 under investigation for sexual violence complaints

    Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois is one of 55 colleges and universities under investigation over handling of sexual violence complaints.