Jenna Hanchard joined 41 Action News in June 2012 as a multimedia journalist for 41 Action News Today. She is very excited to call Kansas City home.
Jenna comes to 41 Action News from WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York. While there, she anchored the weekday 5:00 p.m. newscast and reported for the evening newscasts.
Jenna covered the historic flood of September 2011. When the torrent swept through parts of southern New York and northern Pennsylvania, Jenna was there to tell the stories of those whose lives changed forever by the rushing water. In her mud covered boots, Jenna hopped in a small plane with her camera and took an aerial tour of the affected areas.
She was recognized for her trip in the sky in June 2012. The New York State Broadcasters Association awarded WBNG with the Best Locally Originated Newscast, which featured Jenna's story.
Jenna is passionate about telling stories that empower local communities. Following the 2011 flood, Jenna's investigation into a local town’s finances revealed the Town of Maine, New York paid local contractors who volunteered for road work following September's flood. Jenna's story encouraged volunteers to hand back money they received from the Town behind closed doors. Her investigative work also helped to uncover how one Greater Binghamton healthcare provider violated a patient's rights.
Jenna also produced several series for Black History Month and Women's History Month, which honored and celebrated the success of local women and African Americans who made a difference in the Greater Binghamton community.
Jenna graduated from Syracuse University in but her passion for news began in high school when she was selected to be part of the Emma Bowen Foundation. Through the foundation, Jenna was able to work for WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Chicago. Jenna broadened her television experience with NBC through internships at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and with NBC Sports in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. After graduation, Jenna headed home to Chicago to work as a production assistant for WMAQ-TV.
Jenna is happy to return to the country’s heartland is excited to be in the “Show Me” state to tell the stories that matter most to people in the Kansas City area. Jenna is proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
When she's not reporting, Jenna enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and eating. The fabulous foodie loves trying new restaurants and can't get enough of Kansas City Barbecue! Follow her on Twitter @JennaHanchard or send her an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .