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
  • Davenport family offering cash reward after bullets hit their house

    DAVENPORT – Police say around 4 a.m. officers responded to shots fired call in the 2100 block of Dixwell on Tuesday, August 23rd. When they arrived they found one home was damaged. That house belongs to Amber Davis. Davis tells News 8 that she woke up to a loud sound. When she walked into her living she noticed four bullet holes, three in their living room wall and the other one went through her window. Davis says she’s thankful none […]

  • Bench dedicated in memory of R.I shooting victim

    A Rock Island man is being remembered in a special way after he lost his life to gun violence.

  • Recent uptick of shots fired in Davenport could be a result of retaliation

    DAVENPORT – There have been three shootings in three days. However, unlike the other two, the most recent shooting ended with the death of one man. Police say gunfire was reported in the 500 block of West 14th Street just after 9 a.m., Friday, August 18th. “It’s petrifying. Makes you afraid to even go out of your house,” said one neighbor who asked not to be identified. In the past week, there have been eight shots fired incidents. Four in […]

  • Davenport pop-up shows giving people a glimpse of the bigger festival to come

    DAVENPORT –  Tonight was a preview of a bigger show to come next weekend in Davenport. It was the first of four pop up shows leading up to the Alternating Current Festival. The two-day festival will be the first of its kind in downtown Davenport.  It will have more than 100 performances, acts, and screenings in 16 different venues to give people a variety of art to enjoy. “We have you know a lot of people who are doing handmade […]

  • How to capture the Solar Eclipse with a camera

    A solar lens is needed to keep your eyes and equipment safe.

  • QC superintendent fed up with school funding being tied up by lawmakers

    SILVIS, Illinois – There’s very little optimism in Silvis about what might happen hours from now in Springfield. Tomorrow the Illinois House will head back to Springfield to try and get an education bill passed. “I don`t think it will even be brought to the house to be voted on. If it does I will be one surprised superintendent,” said Andy Richmond, Superintendent for the Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District. The head of one of the poorest Quad City school districts […]

  • A major Illinois school funding vote scheduled for tomorrow may not actually happen

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan tells News 8 there may not be an actual up or down vote on the Governor’s veto when lawmakers meet Wednesday in Springfield. The State Senate was able to override the Governor’s veto on Sunday, but it’s not certain Democrats will get Republican help in the house to do the same thing tomorrow. Madigan’s press secretary Steve Brown says lawmakers could actually vote on an altered bill that includes some […]

  • Tugfest thief steals donations for injured boy

    Someone stole money being collected for a badly injured child.

  • For the first time ever Illinois misses scheduled payments for schools

    Some school districts will now have to go to extreme lengths to keep schools open.

  • How to avoid buying fake solar eclipse glasses

    Local doctor warns people to investigate before buying a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

  • “I don’t trust him,” Albany mother worries how long daughter’s killer will stay behind bars

    ALBANY, Illinois –  A mother is relieved tonight after learning her daughter’s killer will remain behind bars, but she’s worried about how long he’ll stay there. It should be a happier day for Jessie McWilliams, but instead, it only brings more worries. Now, nearly 30 years after her daughter Karen Hill was murdered. “I don`t trust him. I feel that he could tomorrow say hey I`ll do it now,” said McWilliams. McWilliams was supposed to be on a plane to […]

  • Moscow Mules can no longer be served in a solid copper mug in Iowa

    The popular Moscow Mule drink is known for its signature copper mugs, but a new state law says the mugs must go.