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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    Wilton community honors victims and heroes of 9/11

      People across the country remembered 9/11 today. 14 years ago terrorist hijacked four passenger planes. Two of them crashing into New York’s World Trade center. The community if Wilton, Iowa found a special way to honored the victim’s and the heroes of that day. If you ask someone what they were doing on this day 14 years ago, they could tell you where they were when they heard the news.14 years later, Dennis Hetzler wants people to keep on […]

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    Davenport gives first approval for rezoning of land for housing development

    Neighbors have some concerns about a plan for a housing development in Northeast Davenport. Wednesday night, city alderman gave their first approval to rezone the land near the 4800 block of Jersey Ridge Road. Legacy Baptists Church is selling about 14 acres of their land to a local builder, who wants to put up 66 unites of attached and detached single family homes. “I think it’s a pretty good compromise by self I mean you look at some of the […]

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    WIU third in the state to add ‘Queer Studies’ minor

    It’s a new course of study for Western Illinois University students, dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity struggles. This is the first year that Western Illinois University is offering a minor in queer studies. That’s the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Professor Merrill Cole, along with staff and students pushed for the minor. “We respect many kinds of diversity at WIU but for many kinds of diversities like ethnic diversity there are actually programs. […]

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    Clinton pitches pro-union to voters on Labor Day

    Thousands gathered in Hampton, Illinois to celebrate Labor Day but also to listen to Hillary Clinton speak. Clinton’s focus on Monday was helping the middle class. She said she wants to raise minimum wage but also create equal pay. “Women who are working hard are not getting paid equally. This is not a women`s issue but a family issue,” said Clinton. She also pitched pro-union. Most of the people in the crowd belongs to a union. Clinton says she’ll protect […]

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    Retired Navy K9 welcomed home to former handler ready to adopt him

    A serviceman from Knoxville, Illinois has reunited with his K-9. The last time they saw each other was four years ago when they were both serving overseas. Nine-year-old Rossi, a Czech Shepard,  is enjoying his first day of retirement. Like any retiree you can expect a party. Police and fire fighters escorted Rossi down the streets of Galesburg to a dog park where they met a crowd of people. A special ceremony was held Friday, September 5, 2015.  A local VFW made Rossi […]

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    Construction workers find human remains at Clinton site

    It was a shocking discovery Thursday morning, September 3 for workers in Clinton, Iowa after human remains were found on the grounds of the county’s administrative building. The county says a hill outside the building was starting to slide, so they wanted to build a retaining wall to protect it. Crews were digging when they found the human remains. John Staszewski, Chairman for the Clinton County Board of Supervisors says it was a shock to everyone. It wasn’t until after he got […]

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    Davenport neighborhood cracking down on crime

    Some Davenport residents say you won’t hear about shootings near their homes anymore. The neighborhood once notorious for crime is cracking down on violence. Cathy Wilson-Longoria finally feels safe in her own neighborhood. “For some years it was not good. There were the burglaries, there were the shootings, there were the stabbings,” said Wilson-Longoria. She moved to the Goose Creek neighborhood back in 1988. The neighborhood that sits in the north end of Davenport had a reputation for crime. “If […]

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    Officer shootings have Quad City law enforcement on alert

    Local officers are on alert after several shootings over the last few weeks. Quad City officers are given a warning, “Lets hope that it’s not open season for officers in case that it is. As always look sharp act sharp be sharp,” said one officer. That’s the message in East Moline, but its in the back of the minds of officers throughout the area. Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Mendoza has worked for Rock Island County for 15 years and he’ll tell […]

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    Veterans Choice Act creates a travel burden for local Vet in need of care

    It’s a law put into place last year to make healthcare easier for Veterans, by giving them the option to use a doctor outside the VA. While it has done that for some, others say there is a flaw in the system. They say its making Veterans travel long distance just to get care. Back on August 2nd, 2015, Connie  ‘s son Bill was involved in a hit and run accident. Bill an Iraqi War Veteran has medical insurance through […]

  • Rash of Bettendorf car burglaries could have been prevented

    Police say a recent rash of car break-ins could have been prevented if owners had simply locked the doors.

  • Bettendorf’s Lodge Hotel closing for several weeks

    Bettendorf's iconic Lodge Hotel will be closing for several weeks to prepare for a pending sale and redevelopment.

  • Clinton promotes rural proposal in Iowa

    Hillary Clinton is focusing on farmers and boosting the economies of rural areas. In Baldwin, Iowa close to 200 people grabbed a seat to hear what Hillary Clinton had to say, but more importantly what she’ll do for them. Her agenda this trip rural America. On Wednesday Clinton announced her newest proposal. “I think we got all the ingredients but we just need to put the package together,” said Clinton. She’s proposing more money for programs that help new farmers […]


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