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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    High lead levels hit close to home for Galesburg family

    One Galesburg family found out their four children have tested positive for high lead levels. Jonathan Peel and his family moved to their home four years ago and while they love it, it’s caused more harm than good. “We should not have bought this house if we knew we had a lot of lead levels,” said Peel. Their two daughters had to be tested for lead as a requirement to attend school, both tested positive for high lead levels. Then, two […]

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    One year after deadly tornado, Fairdale rebuilds

    This weekend marks the one year anniversary that an EF-4 tornado killed two people and destroyed close to 70 buildings in Fairdale, Illinois. The community is slowly starting to rebuild. A year later, you can still see damage left behind. For Bearnice Jacobs the storm feels like yesterday. “Been through enough storms to know it don`t just stop like it did. I didn`t have time to think after that, grab a child and run,” said Jacobs. 20 lots now sit […]

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    Moline coach asking for help to find stolen softball equipment

    MOLINE, Illinois – A Quad City coach is asking for the public’s help in finding stolen softball equipment. The Quad City Heat Fastpitch team is warming up for the season, but before the first game, players have been thrown a bad pitch. “I didn`t expect somebody to stoop so low,” said player, Kelsey Freeman. Three weeks ago coach Chad Marshall headed for practice, but saw his truck was broken into and all of the team’s softball equipment gone. “The immediate […]

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    Bettendorf High School student charged in stabbing of classmate

    A 15-year-old student is facing charges after she reportedly stabbed a 16-year-old classmate at Bettendorf High School.

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    6th grade teacher puts a face to Galesburg’s cuts

    GALESBURG, Illinois – Teachers are learning a hard fact, with districts cutting back, many teaching jobs may be in jeopardy. The Galesburg School District plans to cut 17 teachers, many just starting their careers. It wasn’t easy for Dean Kamps to find a job right after college. “I applied to like I don`t even know like 50 jobs, had a handful of interviews,” said Kamps. He finally landed his dream job as a 6th grade world history teacher at Churchill […]

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    Pepper spray sends students to hospital from Williams Intermediate School in Davenport

    Students were taken to the hospital by ambulance following complaints of respiratory issues after the pepper spray went off during the last lunch period.

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    Business owner braces for more construction on John Deere Road

    Drivers in the Quad Cities can expect more traffic tie-ups starting next week. Work will once again begin on John Deere Road. While it’s a headache to most people who use the road everyday, a nearby business owner says it’s cost him money. It’s been slow going for Orange Leaf in Moline. “We definitely have lost some revenue over people not knowing the traffic patterns, which way they can and can`t go,” said owner Charlie McGuire. The business started back […]

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    Hundreds rally to keep Kewanee juvenile center open

    KEWANEE,Illinois-Hundreds of people packed Kewanee’s High School gym at a last effort to try to save the juvenile center there. Illinois could close the center by this summer. The plan would save money and launch a new direction in the treatment of juvenile offenders. It was a sea of blue filling the stands inside Kewanee’s High School gym Wednesday night. They’re all fighting for the same reason. Back in February, Candice Jones, Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) […]

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    Coaches make second round of Galesburg cuts

    GALESBURG, Illinois – A second round of difficult cuts may be headed for the Galesburg school district. Last month the board voted to lay off almost 50 full-time and part-time staff, now athletic programs found out who may be let go before the next season starts. It’s part of the district’s plan to trim $3.2 million from next year’s budget. Monday night, March 28, 2016 the school board approved to lay off seven coaches and one teacher, now making the […]

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    Mock interview aims to help people land a job

    The Iowa Workforce Development Center offers free services to the public in order to help unemployed residents to find jobs.

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    The safe places to take shelter when a storm hits

    When a tornado hits, we’ve all been taught to take shelter in the basement or an interior room. What’s left in East Moline after last week’s tornado paints a clear picture why. Knowing your home’s safe place could be the difference between life and death. Tom Reedy works to gather remaining items in his brother’s home or at least what’s left of it. “I didn`t realize how my brother and sister-in-law lived through it you know, I mean there`s no […]

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    Business owner put together hundreds of Easter baskets for QC families in need

    A local auto body shop is making sure kids in our area have an Easter basket on Sunday. They've made more than 600 Easter baskets to hand out to families in the Quad Cities.


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