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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.

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    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Animal Control is on the lookout for the owner of a pit bull that attacked and killed another dog over the weekend. On August 31st, officers were called to 29th and Rutland for a dog attack.  The reporting pet owner told Animal Control that as she was taking out her two dogs — a Yorkshire terrier and a dachshund — an unleashed white pit bull ran over and attacked. The woman managed to scoop […]

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    Mother Who Faked Daughter’s Cancer Faces Even More Charges

      ATLANTIC, Iowa — Formal charges have been filed against the Atlantic mother who police say claimed her daughter was suffering from terminal cancer for financial gain, including a trip for her family to Disney World. Leatha Slauson, 30, claimed her 5-year-old daughter was dying from colorectal cancer. Officials found out the girl wasn’t sick when she was registered for school. Slauson is facing a total of 19 charges. They include two counts of child endangerment, distribution of drugs to […]

  • Campers Take Cover During Sunday Night Storms

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Strong storms raged across the state Sunday night. Parts of western and northern Iowa saw the worst of it. In Crawford County, the wind topped 60-mile-per-hour and more than 3.5 inches of rain fell. Campers at Yellowsmoke Park near Denison took shelter as the wind uprooted trees and knocked over their RV’s. “You couldn’t even see outside. It was just wind and hail and rain,” said Katie McIntyre of Norwalk. The family of four just happened to be in […]

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    Special Win for Hy-Vee Elite Triathlete

    DES MOINES, Iowa — After coming in second for the last three years running, an elite Hy-Vee triathlete finally crossed the finish line first at Gray’s Lake. “To be the first one to lift up that tape, very , very special. I lost last year by 11 seconds and I got confetti rained down on me. Yeah, that’s how close it,” says Hunter Kemper of Colorado Springs, CO. The Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Champion completed a one mile swim, nearly 25 […]

  • Legislative Oversight Hearing about Iowa Workforce Development overpayment glitch. (WHO-HD)

    Hearings into Iowa Workforce Development Continue

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The second day of government oversight hearings into favoritism and glitches within Iowa Workforce Development began with a stark comparison to Tuesday’s testimony. On Tuesday, administrative law judges at IWD described an unfair and often hostile work environment.  Wednesday morning, a clerk said office morale improved under director Teresa Wahlert. Joni Benson told the Senate Oversight Committee that she felt no pressure to assign certain cases to specific judges.  Benson also denied any knowledge of favoritism […]

  • Police investigate a crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of 40th Street at Hickman Road in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, August 25, 2014. (WHO-HD)

    Woman Dies After Being Struck by Van in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman was killed after being hit by a van Monday night. Emergency crews responded to the intersection of 40th Street at Hickman Road shortly before 9 p.m. According to police, a Chevy Astro van driven by 26-year-old Logan Volz was traveling westbound on Hickman Road. Volz told police he didn’t see 57-year-old Cynthia Moore crossing the road until it was too late. “It didn’t appear as though the driver was speeding. He wasn’t […]

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    Man Charged with Murder After Body Found Along Trail in Clive

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  • Church Members Grow Mustaches to Help Others Grow Their Families

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Members at Walnut Creek Church are growing facial hair to help fund adoptions. More than 200 people signed up for the Mustaches that Matter campaign. “We want to help families cross the financial finish line in the adoption process,” says Pastor Luke Hukee. The group of men reached their goal of raising $25,000 in the first week. So far, the campaign has netted nearly $75,000. One of the first scholarships went to the Ekwall family. Lori […]

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    Boone Couple Celebrates Platinum Wedding Anniversary

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    New Habitat Home in Old Town Ames

    AMES, Iowa — A new home under construction in Old Town Ames is giving two people a first chance at home ownership. Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa has built dozens of homes, but this project is unlike any other. Volunteers broke ground on the first wheelchair accessible build back in May. The duplexes will be home to Jason Cantonwine and Shelley Jaspering. The two friends pitched their idea to Habitat about a year and a half ago. “We both […]

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    City of Des Moines Begins Homeless Camp Evictions

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The City of Des Moines said it gave about 50 homeless people living in camps along the river fair warning.  On Monday, city crews went from site to site making sure the campers had packed up and moved. “Today they’re going to come down and take everybody’s stuff and throw it in the dump,” said Don Welch. Welch was kicked out of a camp site under the George Washington Carver Bridge. The city brought in a […]

  • State Fair Memories Passed on From One Generation to Another

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A Creston couple will be inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the State Fair. Verna Bailey and her late husband, Paul, served as longtime 4-H leaders in Union County. This year, one of the H’s almost kept Bailey from attending the Iowa State Fair. After surviving lymphoma nine years ago, her health took a turn for the worse. “You go day by day. So I’m going day by day, coming to the state fair,” […]


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