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13 fascinating facts about Jannay Towne:
• I have been to 47 of the 50 states. The only ones I haven't visited are Kentucky, Vermont and Alaska.
• I have my 9 G pin from flying in an F 16 with the US Air Force Thunderbirds.
• I was born in Seoul, Korea.
• I used to sing in talent shows. My favorite songs were "The Rose" by Bette Midler and Frank Sinatra's " New York, New York".
• In college, I was president of my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.
• In high school, I qualified for the National Forensic League's speech competition.
• I took piano lessons for more than 10 years, but can't play much more than "Chopsticks".
• I am addicted to caffeine. I need at least a cup every morning to feel awake.
• My first pet was a fish named Sylvia.
• I could live on pizza, french fries and sushi.
• Je parle francais. Translation: I studied French in high school and college.
• My first car was a huge station wagon that seated 9 comfortably.
• I am hooked on Food Network and Bravo (and NBC of course).

Jannay Towne came to Channel 13 in April of 2005 as a reporter for Channel 13 News at 5, 6, & 10pm. In January 2012, she was promoted to co-anchor to Today in Iowa Saturday and Sunday.

She came to Iowa by way of Great Falls, Montana where she was the main anchor. While there, Jannay was recognized with a journalism award for a special report she field anchored during a visit by President Bush. She earned her Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Montana and still cheers for the Grizzlies.

Jannay is very connected with central Iowa. She currently reads to kids each Thursday through the Everybody Wins mentoring program at Monroe Elementary School, is involved in The Pet Project Midwest which helps Iowans keep their beloved pets at home and out of local shelters through its Pet Pantry and volunteers with Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage.

Jannay is a newlywed. She and her husband have a mini dachshund dog (Haley) and two cats. For vacations, She frequently visits her family in Las Vegas.

Recent Articles
  • Little Lobbyists Ask for Increased School Funding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Today is the deadline for Iowa schools to set their budgets for the next year. Until state lawmakers can agree, districts won’t know how much money they have to spend. There was no movement in the stalemate over school funding at the statehouse. Today, lawmakers got a visit from some first-time lobbyists. “It’s a very new experience,” said fourth grade student Cheyenne Wallace. She and her classmates brought signs and lined the rotunda inside the Capitol. […]

  • Newton Couple Facing Charges after Child Tests Positive for Meth

    NEWTON, Iowa — A couple is facing charges of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. 22-year-old Vanessa Trotter and 27-year-old Cody Sanders were arrested over the weekend after Trotter and her one year old son tested positive for methamphetamine. “The case began primarily by the public drawing attention to suspicious activity at the residence,” said Newton Police Lt. Wes Breckenridge. Neighbors contacted the Department of Human Services and a drug test was given to Trotter and the little boy […]

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    Polk County Jailer Spends the Night on Wrong Side of the Bars

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Polk County jailer found himself on the other side of the bars over the weekend. 39-year-old Ryan Scrivner is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Scrivner is a Sergeant at the Polk County Jail and has worked there since 2008. The woman called Des Moines Police to report that he was harassing her. She found a GPS tracking device in her car under the driver’s seat and claims her ex-boyfriend put it there. She says he […]

  • Sexual assault prevention training for ROTC Cadets

    CAMP DODGE, Iowa– The next generation of leaders in the U.S Army are learning more than just tactical skills. Close to 300 ROTC cadets received training on how to prevent sexual assault and harassment. It was part of the Combined Leadership Training Exercise at Camp Dodge this weekend. “I want them to come out of here confident and I want them to take their leadership abilities and intervene,” said University of Northern Iowa Army ROTC LTC Glen Keith. The Mentors […]

  • Urbandale Firefighters Get Green Light on Emergency Calls

    URBANDALE, Iowa — The Urbandale Fire Department is using next-generation technology to cut down on emergency response times and improve public safety. Crews often have to fight traffic and congested intersections just to get to the fire or medical emergency. “If we can’t get there safely, how are we going to help the people when we get there?” Lt. Kyle Bissell asks,  the Urbandale Fire Department’s Public Information Officer. Fourteen rigs are now equipped with an Emergency Vehicle Preemption system. […]

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    Gerri’s Place Assault Victim Dies, Photos of Suspect Released

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A man who was assaulted outside a bar early Sunday morning has died from his injuries. Andrew Purcell, 50, was assaulted outside Gerri’s Place in Des Moines at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Police found him unresponsive in the parking lot and bleeding from the head. His death is now being classified as a homicide by the Des Moines Police Department. “The head injury is what the issue was. I don’t know what the official cause of death […]

  • Police Continue Search for Assault Suspect

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A 50-year-old Des Moines man was burned out of his apartment and beaten at a local bar in the same day. Police found Andrew Purcell unconscious in the parking lot of Gerri’s Bar and Grill on East 30th Street just before 1 a.m. Sunday. His condition was described as critical. Officers say he was bleeding from the head and had some teeth knocked out. His attacker is still on the loose. Des Moines Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says […]

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    House Committee Gives Senate ‘Another Shot’ at Gun Bill

    DES MOINES, Iowa– State representatives are sending much of the original bill to change Iowa gun laws back to a House floor. The House Judiciary Committee met to discuss the bill passed by the Senate yesterday. The Senate version of the bill only focused on legalizing suppressors. Current law classifies them as offensive weapons. After a two-hour caucus, lawmakers regrouped and House Republicans added an amendment to SF 427. It includes extend gun permits from one to five years and […]

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    Bed Bugs Causing Headaches for Urbandale Firefighters

    URBANDALE, Iowa – Urbandale firefighters are dealing with another hazard that comes with the job. After responding to a call last week Fire Chief Jerry Holt said firefighters brought bed bugs back to the station at 7100 Douglas Ave. A firefighter complained about a bite and a closer look at his bed revealed the presence of a “few bugs”. “We go to a lot of places that aren’t necessarily the cleanest places that may have bed bugs on them and […]

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    State Lawmakers Debate New Rules for Ride-for-Hire Companies

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Uber is changing the way people get around town. Instead of calling for a taxi, riders use an app on their cell phone and drivers pick them up in their personal cars. Cities are coming up with new rules for the new way to ride and now so is the state. Monday, the Senate Transportation subcommittee met to discuss a bill that cleared the House 95-5. It would require companies like Uber to conduct background checks, safety […]

  • Price Chopper Opens for Business

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A new grocery store opened for business for the first time in Des Moines. The Kansas City-based Price Chopper bought five of the bankrupt Dahl’s Foods stores. The Price Chopper signs are going up at the first location to open its doors on Merle Hay Road. This morning, shoppers came out in droves to stroll through the aisles and stock up on groceries. A few longtime Dahl’s customers said they stopped by out of curiosity. “I started […]

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    Teen Dad Sentenced in Killing of Baby Son

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines teen was sentenced Wednesday for second degree murder in the death of his baby son. Eighteen-year-old Drew Weehler-Smith was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison and must serve 17.5 years before he can become eligible for parole. “You’re going to spend about the amount of time that you’ve currently lived on the planet Earth in prison as a mandatory minimum. At that point of time, depending on what you’ve proved in […]


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