McKenna was born and raised in Frederick - just up the road from Bethesda. She wrote for her school newspaper in high school during her junior and senior years, which led her to choose journalism as her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will graduate in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
Over the past four years, McKenna has had several editorial and digital communications internships. She spent this past summer in New York City as an editorial intern for Woman's Day magazine with Hearst Magazines, and as a digital communications intern for a non-profit called Jewelers of America. McKenna enjoys both editorial and digital duties, as well as social media.
McKenna is looking forward to a great semester with Patch U and is excited to cover a variety of stories in Bethesda.