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
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    Rock Island/Milan School District adopts new math program

    Rock Island, Illinois – It’s a new school year with a new way to learn math at the Rock Island/Milan School District. They’ve adopted a new program for grades K-5. Not only does it align with Common Core standards but it’s helping students get a true understanding of Math. This is the first year the Rock Island/Milan School District adopted a program called Eureka Math. Its previous curriculum wasn’t working and didn’t really align with Common Core standards. “We needed […]

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    Development plans underway for Kahl and Capitol Theater in Davenport

    Eastern Iowa Community College's plan to consolidate its campus and move into two former banks on Third Street will leave an empty space in the Kahl building.

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    Rock Island man accused of using little girl to shoplift

    A Rock Island man is under arrest after he was accused of shoplifting from a store in Davenport, but how he did it, shocked one store owner.

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    Eastern Iowa Community College moves forward with Urban Campus

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Eastern Iowa Community Colleges have taken a step that will create an urban campus, transforming two empty bank buildings into new college classrooms. The heart of Davenport is about to get a jolt. “This is a fast changing world and you got to keep up moving ahead or you fall behind and so we`re moving ahead,” said Chancellor, Don Doucette. EICC will create a new urban campus at the corner of Third Street between Main and Brady […]

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    Two Quad City natives compete in Olympics

    Madison Keys and Aisha Praught both are in Rio for the Olympics.

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    Department of Veterans Affairs officially reviewing circumstances of Davenport vet’s suicide

    Grassley stressed the importance of independent review.

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    “Lock Your Doors” campaign started after recent vehicle burglaries

    ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS – Police Departments in our area have a simple reminder to people, lock your doors. While it may seem like common sense, police say too many people are making themselves easy targets. “If it’s unlocked they’re going to get in and see what they can get and sometimes they get lucky,” said Lieutenant Tim McCloud from the Rock Island Police Department. The Quad Cities has seen a recent increase in car burglaries. In Rock Island there have […]

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    Moline’s Sylvan Island set to reopen by 2018

    MOLINE, Illinois – Moline’s Sylvan Island will remain off-limits for two more years. The only access to the island is a bridge, which was condemned three years ago. A locked gate has grown to be a normal sight for bikers who ride pass the Sylvan Island bridge. Becky Bernard is a member of the Quad Cities Friends Of Off Road Cycling group and Sylvan Island used to be one of the their favorite places to bike. “People who go fishing […]

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    Davenport Police build community relationship one scoop at a time

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – Tonight, the community got a chance to hang out and talk with Davenport Police officers. It was the second annual Cops and Cones event at Vander Veer Park. It was the perfect day to grab something cold to eat because who doesn’t love ice cream, especially when it’s free. “This year we bought 60 gallons if we run out of that I don`t know what we`ll do. Last year we ran out and had to go on […]

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    Return of East Moline festival aims to bring more people downtown

    EAST MOLINE, Illinois – It’s been ten years since East Moline has had a festival and this weekend Freedom Fest returns. It’s set up time for business owner Michelle Horton, “We would have festivals and we would have the lighted Christmas parades and it would be filled with people.” She’s hoping to bring back good times for downtown East Moline. “Right now there’s times you’ll have tumbleweeds and I just think people don’t realize how much there is to offer […]

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    Amidst Illinois budget crisis Princeton family finds security with homeschooling

    PRINCETON, Illinois – School districts across Illinois have been forced to cut programs and lay off staff. For weeks, some needed to figure out how they’d keep their doors open.  Our ongoing look at building better schools has some parents looking at an alternative, homeschooling. Students are heading back to school, but Terran, Jaydan and Jonathan Polhemus won’t leave their home. Their parents Terry and Jaime decided to homeschool their sons last year after Jaime got sick. “I was having […]

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    Monmouth College graduate and MTV co-founder talks about success after 35 years on air

    MTV turns 35 years old thanks to a Monmouth College graduate