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Caroline joined the WQAD news team in February 2014 as a reporter.

Before her career brought her to the Quad Cities, Caroline grew up in Oak Park, IL. While she loved being so close to Chicago, her desire to experience a new atmosphere (and escape the awful winters) took her to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She reported and produced for her college news program, UT Today, and interned for the local TV station. While she worked as a waitress at local restaurants by night, and went to school during the day, Caroline also worked as a production assistant at WBIR-TV for their morning news during her last year of college.

After finishing classes, Caroline decided to change her surroundings again and completed her last college credit in the form of a second internship with KSDK News Channel Five in St. Louis, MO.

Caroline is excited to be starting her career in the Quad Cities and can’t wait to get to know the wonderful community she’s heard so much about. When she’s not in the newsroom or out on a story, Caroline enjoys running with her dog, practicing yoga, baking, going to baseball games, and spending time with her family.

If you have a story idea you would like to send Caroline, you can email her at caroline.reinwald@wqad.com or follow her on Twitter @WQADCaroline.


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    A group of student protesters gathered on Wednesday at the Knox College campus in Galesburg, Illinois calling out the school’s response to sexual assault cases. Last May, the Office of Civil Rights announced Knox College was one of 111 federally funded schools that was being investigated for alleged illegal handling of Title IX sexual assault cases. The student protesters on Wednesday said while the school has made some changes since then, the administration hasn’t done enough to help handle or […]

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  • Kewanee baseball tournament memorializes fallen soldier

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