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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
  • Rock Island school receives $4.5 million in grant money

    After a long process of applying and waiting, a Quad City school was approved for the federally funded School Improvement Grant just in time for this school year. The grant is going to help one of the state’s lowest performing schools. It’s a new year, with new students and a new attitude at Rock Island Academy. “It’s not so much yet teaching them differently, it’s the teachers themselves looking at things differently,” said kindergarten teacher, Anna Lorenz. You can see […]

  • North Henderson trustee resigns amid fight over water bills

    A village leader in North Henderson, Illinois is off the board of trustees, resigning in the middle of a fight over water bills. People in town say their own leaders are breaking the law. Four out of the six trustees on the North Henderson board are under fire after making late water payments. “I’ve never had any problems you know and I can’t understand why people can’t do what they’re suppose to do,” said resident Shirley Watson. Documents show that […]

  • Where’s summer?

    The start of the school year elsewhere across our area means the end of summer for thousands, but for many thanks to Mother Nature, summer never really started. It’s been the perfect weather to take a jog or just do some sight-seeing along the river. It’s the middle of August, but some would say it feels like October. “It’s just been a little chilly,” said Tom Olson. This summer so far the Quad Cities hasn’t seen triple digits and only […]

  • Despite court ruling, Rock Island will continue to push for Jumer’s Crossing

    It's back to the drawing board for the city of Rock Island after a judge dealt their Jumer's Crossing development plans a blow.

  • Robin Williams, 1951-2014, found dead at his home

    (CNN) — Comedic actor Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63. Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff’s office. “Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they […]

  • Galesburg high school student receives diploma 55 years later

    It’s been 55 years for justice to be served as a former Galesburg High School student was denied his high school diploma. On Friday, August 8, 2014 the school awarded him with his diploma, but it’s about more than just a piece of paper. As you get older people change, for Galesburg High School class of 1959 you can see just that. It’s their 55 year reunion. For Alva Earley there’s a memory he can’t join in on, graduation day. […]

  • ISU president cancels 92-year-old tradition for good

    Grads of Iowa State living in the Quad Cities say they’re shocked and saddened by a move ISU’s president made. It brings to the end 92 years of tradition in Ames, Iowa. For one week in the spring Iowa State University would hold an event called Veishea. It was a way for the university to showcase the different colleges, clubs and recruit students. “The true purpose of the celebration has been completely overshadowed by this new culture,” said the university’s […]

  • Taxpayers demand trustees’ removal after late water payments

    Just South of the Quad Cities some people in the village of North Henderson, Illinois are demanding board members get the boot. It all comes down to unpaid or late water payments. Former North Henderson village president Jim Tucker claims problems started after he left office when new trustees came into the picture.  After attending some board meetings he and some other tax payers say they realized something wasn’t right. “Why would we lose 600 dollars in water consumption over […]

  • More attractions at Modern Woodmen has some asking if it’s too much

    Several weeks after the Ferris Wheel started spinning on Davenport’s riverfront, the Quad City River Bandits unveiled a new attraction. However, some city leaders claim they have concerns about how much is going on off the field. Food, jerseys, and beer are all ways ballparks can make some money, but at Modern Woodmen Ballpark they’re all about paving the way for new ideas, big ones. “We’re always trying to find ways to keep fans entertained,” said Andrew Chesser, general manager […]

  • Jason Maulden

    Galesburg mourns loss of student athlete

    An area community is mourning the loss of a teenager who was about to start his senior year of high school. He died after being in an car accident over the weekend and although he was young, he left a lasting impact behind. The baseball field at Galesburg High School is quiet with only a few days of summer vacation left. However, when it’s time to play ball here again and noise fills the bleachers from cheering fans someone will […]

  • Community comes together after preschooler gets hit by car

    A  community is coming together for one of their own as a Quad City preschooler and her mother were involved in a car accident earlier this week. Now family, friends and even complete strangers are showing their support. At St.Pius X in Rock Island the mood is somber. They’re praying for 4-year-old Maddi Boultinghouse. “She touches the heart of every individual she’s ever met. She’s got a beautiful heart and she’s just a beautiful little girl,” said Maddi’s great uncle, […]

  • Rock Island Arsenal bridge closed temporarily

    Drivers will have to work their way around the Rock Island Arsenal bridge while repairs are being done. The Rock Island Integrated Services, a contractor for the Rock Island Arsenal says the government bridge and the Rock Island viaduct will be closed through 6 p.m. on Saturday August 2, 2014. The bridge will be shut down to perform annual concrete sealing. The Moline bridge to Rock Island Arsenal will have the same treatment done from 6 a.m. to 6.pm. on […]

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