Ryan Jenkins is a digital content producer for WQAD News 8.
Bringing you stories both online and on-air, Jenkins uses a variety of storytelling tools and methods to keep you updated on what’s happening in our community. Helping to hold leaders accountable, and sharing stories on multiple platforms to help make sure the voices of the Quad Cities are heard.
He currently hosts “News 8 in 80 Seconds”, and is the voice of the WQAD Quad Cities Flash Briefing on Amazon Alexa in the evenings.
Jenkins joined the WQAD family as an intern in 2016, during his sophomore year in college. Six months after the end of his internship, he joined the team as a part-time editor for the evening newscasts.
He also interned with CBS News at the national level, helping to cover stories such as the 2017 Texas church massacre, the Las Vegas music festival shooting, and hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. He was also working with the show CBS This Morning during the uncovering of the Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, which eventually lead to a national discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace and to the advancement of the #MeToo movement on social media.
Jenkins is a member of the Augustana College class of 2018. During his time in college, he covered many stories, both locally and nationally, as editor in chief of the college’s newspaper, The Augustana Observer. In 2017, he was on the ground in Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President Donald Trump and covered both the ceremony and the concurrent protests taking place there. He also covered state funding of education during the state of Illinois budget battle in 2016.
Naturally curious, Jenkins is always excited about telling new stories. If you see him around town, say hi!
Connect with Ryan:
Facebook: WQAD Ryan Jenkins
Twitter and Instagram: @RyanJenkins_TV