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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
  • Volunteers groom trails for skiers

    It’s an outdoor adventure that has cross-country skiing gaining popularity in the Quad Cities. Volunteers areĀ putting in a lot of ground work to make that happen. During the winter, you can find Steve Becks at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf. “We knew there were opportunities here in the quad cities,” said Becks Hidden in the woods are trails and when the first snowfall hits, Becks grooms the trails for free. Beck along with a group of friends approached the city […]

  • Campaign launched to legalize fireworks in Iowa

    Legislation approving fireworks sales in the state will likely be reintroduced by Iowa lawmakers in 2015.

  • Monmouth-Roseville considers cutting sports

    A local school district is facing a financial crunch. They’re trying to decide whether or not to save money by getting rid of sports. There’s no I in team and soon there may be fewer teams in the Monmouth-Roseville school district. “Each year we’ve talked about the possibility making cuts to some co-curricular programs and here we are again, really not knowing what the state of Illinois could do,” said superintendent Ed Fletcher. Up for discussion, cuts to all freshmen […]

  • Officer swears in at a time of scrutiny

    A new generation was sworn in for the Davenport Police Department, but it’s at a time when law enforcement is facing scrutiny. Texas native Brenton Joyce stands in a crowded room waiting for his turn. “I’m feeling very good. I’m glad to be in this city,” said Joyce. However, that turn means taking on a lot of responsibility. As he takes the oath to become a police officer, his duty will start. Officer Joyce is the newest member of the […]

  • Shelters offer warm place to stay during chilly weather

    As the QC could see negative wind chills most will stay inside, but for others they have no choice. Many shelters are offering a hot meal and a warm place to stay. More than ten years ago Kenny Anderson’s life wasn’t where he wanted it to be. “Was just having a really hard time coping with life at the time and I came here,” said Anderson. Christian Care in Rock Island was able to get Anderson back on his feet […]

  • After losing by one vote, Blue Grass man gets second chance to be mayor

    A Blue Grass, Iowa man is getting a second chance at running for mayor after the town's mayor recently stepped down.

  • Challenges Illinois faces in 2015

    It’s a new year that brings familiar problems for the state of Illinois. With a new Republican Governor, Illinois lawmakers will tackle the state’s financial issues. Lawmakers will have to figure out how to deal with a $35.7 billion budget that doesn’t provide enough money to cover state expenses, leaving tough decisions like how to keep schools and social services funded. “Its getting to be a dire situation for many districts across the state,” said United Township Superintendent, Jay Morrow. […]

  • New greenhouse facility gives WIU growing opportunities

      Western Illinois University unveiled it’s newest edition to the School of Agriculture. On Friday, December 19, 2014, Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture had a ribbon cutting for their two new greenhouses. They’re a first for the school of Ag and an upgrade in size and resources. Before, students would have to work in a small room that restricted the number of people that could be in there, but also the type of projects students could do. “I was […]

  • Local educator develops app to help track student behavior

    A first-of-its-kind app is getting its first test run at an elementary school in Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Iowa family creates program to help hungry students

    An Iowa family has made it their mission to help fight hunger in their hometown. They’re making sure no student goes hungry. Six years ago J.J Caston and her family decided they wanted to do something to help others. At the time they were living in Indiana. “We tried to adopt a couple of times and it just didn’t work out. I said well maybe we’re not supposed to have more than one in our family, maybe we’re supposed to […]

  • Ban on gay blood donors may end

    It's been an issue for many years, that now has a group in Congress considering changing the law, to allow gay men to donate blood in the U.S.

  • Prosecutors charge an unknown DNA profile in 1992 murder of Baby April

    Twenty-two years after her death, Baby April is still a mystery.


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