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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    Black Hawk College students will see another tuition hike

    Students at Black Hawk College will need more money in the fall. Tuition will go up again for the second year in a row. Black Hawk College has already seen hard times, from staff reductions, to cuts in their athletic programs. However, those cuts are still not enough. Thursday, the board approved a tuition hike. It will be increased by $12, which means $147 per credit hour. For a normal full-time student, that adds up to be $180 per semester. […]

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    Morrison’s video game club helps students succeed on and off the computer

    There’s a new sport at Morrison High School that doesn’t require much physical activity. It’s joining the already growing popularity in electronic sports. The new club is giving students the motivation to succeed on and off the computer. The halls are normally quiet after class at Morrison High School, but twice a week you can hear some unfamiliar sounds. This is the first year for Morrison’s new eSports Club, where students can play electronic video games. The students practice for […]

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    Galesburg school board approves staff layoffs and cuts

    It was an emotional night at the Galesburg’s school board meeting as board members approved all 76 items on their agenda which included layoffs and eliminating school clubs. It’s the largest cuts the school district has ever had to make. The cuts included 49 full-time and part-time staff. 16 of those positions were teachers and 33 are support staff. There were also 27 full-time staff that were reduced to part-time. The board also approved to eliminate 10 school clubs, some […]

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    Plans to redevelop Garfield are still alive

    Plans to redevelop the former Garfield Elementary School are still alive, including a proposal to turn the building into affordable housing for seniors.

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    Rock Island decides not to sell Hauberg Mansion

    The council vote to declare Hauberg mansion a surplus property was removed from the agenda before the Rock Island City Council could consider the measure.

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    Watch: Girls grateful for Muscatine Co. deputy’s act of true kindness

    A deputy went above and beyond expectations to help a group of girls when their car overheated, stranding them on the side of the road.

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    WIU marches for MAP grant funding

    South of the Quad Cities people marched for their future, asking the governor to sign a bill that would fund MAP grants. Tuesday afternoon a crowd formed on Western Illinois University’s campus. Among them were faculty, students and community members, all coming together for the same fight. They’re asking Governor Rauner to sign a bill that would secure MAP grants for students to attend public universities. If signed by the Governor, roughly 125,000 eligible students would receive MAP grant aid. […]

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    Augie students create revival plan for historic Rock Island neighborhood

    A new grass-roots effort seeks to redevelop a historic Irish neighborhood in Rock Island. On Monday evening, February 15, 2016, the city heard what can be done and what neighbors want to see. It’s getting the push from some Augustana College students. Shane Synder moved to his home in the Greenbush neighborhood 12 years ago. Synder says it’s a bad perception that has kept people away. The neighborhood sits between 24th Street through 30th Street in Rock island. The neighborhood […]

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    New line of vehicles comes with new generation

    Some of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs are on display this week at the River Center. The Iowa/Illinois Regional Auto Show opens to the public tomorrow, but tonight it was about giving back. It’s the kickoff event for the auto show 11 high school students are awarded scholarships every year. This year among them was Bettendorf High School senior Bailey Pribyl. “I love cars, everyday its part of my life,” said Pribyl. Pribyl plans on going to school mechanical […]

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    Plans to renovate old Zimmerman Honda building move forward

    Plans are moving forward tonight for a large development outside of downtown Rock Island. It’s a project that will once again bring life to the old Zimmerman Honda building in Rock Island. The idea is to keep the building the same but add-on. “We’d like to maintain as much of the original integrity of the building as possible we want the Zimmerman legacy to be maintained,” said Amy Clark, from Renaissance Rock Island. A design can now be placed with […]

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    Iowa business pitches proposal to purchase Hauberg Mansion

    An area catering company presented its proposal to Rock Island city council tonight to move its business inside the historic Hauberg Mansion. While some say it’s a good idea on paper, others are worried about losing the historical value. Bridges Catering out of Princeton, Iowa wants to buy the historic Haurberg Mansion in Rocks Island. Monday night business owners pitched their plan to the city. “The city is using considerable finance resources on it and we know that moving into […]

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    Local mothers push to legalize life-saving drug in Iowa

    A bill in the Iowa legislature could make it legal for anyone to possess an antidote that can reverse a heroin overdose.

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