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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
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    DES MOINES, Iowa — Two athletes back from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games received a surprise welcome home. Family and friends met Lisa Spencer and Patrick Gulbranson at the Des Moines airport Monday afternoon. The pair, along with a coach, returned to Iowa after spending two weeks in Los Angeles. “It was a blast. It was so moving. I loved every moment of it,” said Spencer of Ankeny. She bowled her way to silver medals in both singles and team […]

  • Historic Win for Team PrISUm

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  • Proposed Tuition Increase at State Universities

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The two-year in-state tuition freeze at Iowa public universities could soon come to an end. The Iowa Board of Regents is proposing a 3 percent tuition increase for resident undergraduate students. “It’s not an easy decision to make and that’s why they’ll discuss it in August and have some time and make a decision in September,” said Board of Regents Communications Director Josh Lehman. For most students, the increase will amount to an extra $100. Some […]

  • Woman in Critical Condition after Pedestrian Versus Pickup Accident

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A 34-year-old woman is in critical condition Tuesday night after being hit by a pickup truck in Beaverdale. Police say Richelle Merrifield was struck while crossing the street at 44th and Urbandale Avenue around 3:30 a.m. The driver, 56-year-old Kenneth Fugate, stopped and called police. “The driver didn’t leave. There was nothing criminal on his part as far as that goes,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. Investigators are still trying to determine what happened. They […]

  • Waukee Family Loses Home to Fire

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  • Drake University Students Launching Startups

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  • Braving the Brutal Heat

    Braving the Brutal Heat

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  • Mental Health Advocate Says Patients Left in the Lurch

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