Jenna Rae Gaertner was born in Pittsburgh, raised in New York, and went to college in California. That makes her a hardcore Steelers fan, New Yorker, and beach girl all in one.

Jenna joined Spectrum News 1 as a coastal-region reporter in November 2020, and she’s enjoyed getting to know her community and the Spectrum team.

She graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She interned with Spectrum News in Albany, N.Y. and with NBC in New York City. Jenna is passionate about connecting with people and considers it a privilege to tell their personal stories.

Jenna is not afraid of adventure and loves becoming completely immersed and jumping into every assignment. Journalism is more than a job for Jenna, it’s an opportunity to experience a slice of someone else’s life every day.

When she’s not out covering a story, Jenna enjoys waterfall hikes, spontaneous camping trips, beach days and hanging out with friends any chance she gets.