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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
  • New Iowa law helps abuse victims keep their address hidden

    It’s a new law in Iowa that will help victims stay hidden from their abusers. “It`s exhausting for some of them and you know sometimes it`s easier for them to go back because it takes so much time and energy,” said Nicole Cisne Durbin, director for SafePath Survivor Resources at Family Resources. The staff and programs at Family Resources serve more than 28,000 victims in the Quad City Area. They can now offer another bit of security, a way to […]

  • Victim service programs could lose $1 million in funding

    There could less money to spend helping those who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Iowa House of Representatives passed its version of the budget. If the budget were to pass $1 million would be cut from programs serving victims. The staff at Family Resources in the Quad Cities says that would mean more 200 people wouldn’t have access to the programs. The cut would come at a time when more people need help. “Serving fewer victims […]

  • Blue Grass Mayor wants to bring high school to his community

    Just west of the Quad Cities a small town mayor has a bold idea to keep students closer to home. The communities of Blue Grass, Buffalo and Walcott are all part of the Davenport School District. The closest campus is Davenport West. Blue Grass Mayor Tim Brandenburg wants Blue Grass to leave the Davenport School District and form a new one just for those communities. However, it wont be easy to do so. Iowa state law has a long list […]

  • Motorcyclists are asking drivers to look twice

      A frightening reminder to all drivers tonight to take extra care watching out for motorcycles on the road as more bikers are hitting the streets. On the corner of 9th and Division street in Davenport a motorcycle and car collided. The accident is just one reason why May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Jerry West, A.B.A.T.E president for the Illinois chapter has had his own close encounters and say drivers just aren’t paying attention. “Look all around you. Look twice […]

  • New R.I aldermen hope to end Jumer’s Crossing legal battle

    It could be the end of the road for a big potential project in Rock Island. New city council members may already be leading the discussion in a different direction. Virgil Mayberry and Joshua Schipp are the newest faces of the Rock Island city council. Both say their election wins are a sign that people in Rock Island want to see change. “We have got to get better,” said Mayberry. Change is what they plan to bring, from better communication […]

  • Memorial on the move to make way for I-74 bridge

    It’s a piece of hidden history that many people never notice, but thanks to the I-74 bridge project it’s getting a new home. The Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge monument tells a piece of Quad City history. It’s been around since 1935 when the first span of the bridge was built. The monument was a dedication to the bridge and those who have served in the military. The monument has already moved locations once and it will have to move again to […]

  • WIU proposes new textbook fee

      College students will have a say on a new plan that could change the way they buy books. There are mixed feelings on the new fee across campus. Jude Kiah is trying to change the way Western Illinois University students buy textbooks. “They’re spending an enormous amount of time looking for them at the best price, but more than that struggling to pay for these books,” said Kiah, director of the University Union Bookstore. Kiah proposed a non-binding referendum. […]

  • QC Nepalese student wins scholarship, plans to give back to Nepal

    The last few days have been a roller coaster ride for a Nepalese student at Davenport Central High School, but today she got great news as she was awarded a $20,000 scholarship. The news couldn’t come at a better time. Senior Ahilya Khadka was born and raised in Nepal. She came to the United States just two years ago. She received the 2015 Dooley Memorial Scholarship. Its awarded to a senior that’s in the upper 10 percent of their class […]

  • Burned by budget deficits, Moline slashes fire department funding

    Opponents say trying to save money, by limiting the availability of firefighters, is a strategy that could hurt the city of Moline, Illinois, but the city administrator says they have no choice.

  • Davenport woman warns of “snatch and dash” at Aldi store

    A Quad Cities woman has a warning tonight after her wallet was stolen during a simple trip to the grocery store. It was a normal trip to Aldi for Marilyn Lehman. She stopped by the store on Brady Street Wednesday afternoon to pick up a few groceries for dinner. “I was loading those groceries into my car when all of a sudden there were swarm of three kids that just descended around my car,” said Lehman. She says two of […]

  • Former hospital site could be turned into senior living facility

    The site of the former Lutheran Hospital in Moline could be replaced with a $51 million project. The city says the vacant lot is in the need of some redevelopment. Russell Construction is proposing a development called The Point, a senior living facility. The facility would have 135 units and would offer independent living, assisted living and a memory care unit. Right now the city of Moline owns the property. According to the agreement, Russell Construction would buy the land […]

  • Bettendorf proposes “safe room” for natural disasters

    An expansion could be coming to a local high school and while some student athletes are definitely on board with the plan it could come down to improved safety for everyone. Bettendorf High School’s wrestling practice room needs a little updating. “That room is what we call like the dungeon. It’s pretty dark and stuff and it gets hot in there as well,” said wrestler, Fredy Stroker. Not to mention the room needs to be bigger. Right now the team […]


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