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
  • Ames Woman Dies in House Fire

    AMES, Iowa — An Ames family lost a wife, mother and grandmother as well as their home of 40 years in one morning. Firefighters were called to the home in the 1200 block of Orchard Drive around 10 AM Monday. “Crews started to make entry into the home and found thick, black smoke banked down into the floor,” said Deputy Fire Chief Rich Higgins. They rescued 72-year-old Joanna Alexander and rushed her to the hospital, but it was too late. […]

  • ATM Customers Alerted to Skimming Activity at Three Metro Hy-Vee Stores

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A fraud alert is out for people who withdrew cash from ATM’S at some local Hy-Vee stores. Police are investigating after skimmers were found at three machines over the weekend. Don Duff and his wife used the ATM Saturday at the Southridge Hy-Vee on Army Post Road. He says they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. “Nope, just used the card,” said Duff. Authorities found a skimming device there as well as at the ATM’s […]

  • Trump Win No Surprise For Iowa Supporters

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The election of Donald Trump will go down in the history books as an upset. Yet to his most faithful supporters, the White House win came as no surprise. “I had a bet with all of my classmates. I was the only one that thought Iowa was going to win, to go red,” said Drake student Damian Thompson. Thompson watched Iowa and state after state turned red for Trump. “I was not surprised at all,” said […]

  • Election Night Republican Preview from Party’s Iowa Headquarters

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Jannay Towne is following the Donald Trump camp on Election Night and reported live from the Republican Party Election Night headquarters during the Channel 13 News at 5 to provide the latest updates on Trump’s chances.

  • Community, Law Enforcement Pay Respects to Fallen Des Moines Police Officer at Glendale Cemetery

    DES MOINES, Iowa — People lined up outside Glendale Cemetery Monday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to fallen Des Moines Police Officer Tony Beminio hours before he was laid to rest. It could only be described as heartwarming welcome as family and friends prepared to say a heartbreaking goodbye. The motorcade stretched for as far as the eye could see down University Avenue. Police from across the country, from coast to coast and everything in between, came to Des […]

  • Pups in Prison Program Gives Inmates a Second Chance

    CLARINDA, Iowa — An Iowa prison is teaming up with the Animal Rescue League. Inmates at the Clarinda Correctional Facility are training rescue dogs to be companion animals for veterans. “We choose some little rougher dogs who have no manners or very little manners, that`s jumpy, mouthy or maybe they just need to refine some of their skills,” said Cassandra Johnson from the Animal Rescue League. Some may see them as hardened criminals, but the men chosen for the program have […]

  • Urbandale Officer’s 7-Year-Old Son Writes Touching Letter to Father Following Fellow Officer’s Death

    URBANDALE, Iowa — The Urbandale Police Station is running out of room for the all the thank you`s, prayers, and condolences from the community. One of the largest and latest additions came from students at Des Moines Christian. They dropped off a banner, some cards and their prayers for the family of Officer Justin Martin and the men and women he served with. One of the most touching notes came from a 7-year-old boy. This is what he wrote to […]

  • Remembering Des Moines Police Sgt. Tony Beminio and Urbandale Officer Justin Martin

    The metro community, fellow officers and friends of the two officers killed in ambush-style attacks Wednesday morning are honoring them by building memorials and sharing fond memories in the midst of heartbreak. Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department and Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale Police Department were killed in the shootings. The suspect in the case, Scott Michael Greene, 46, of Urbandale, was taken into custody in Dallas County around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Urbandale Officer Justin Martin […]

  • Request of Sheriff’s Drone to Search For Cattle Questioned

    BOONE, Iowa — A Boone County Supervisor is defending claims he used county property for personal use. Last month, Chet Hollingshead asked the Sheriff’s Office to deploy its drone to track down some loose cattle north of Ogden. “I requested that in the name of public safety. We’re near a busy road, I don’t want my cattle hit and I don’t think someone driving down the road wants to hit a calf. That could cause significant damage to a vehicle […]

  • Iowa Veterans, Voters with Disabilities Targeted by Get Out The Vote Campaign

    DES MOINES, Iowa– The latest numbers show nearly 286,000 Iowans have already cast their ballots. From now until Election Day, a new campaign is targeting two groups of voters in the state, veterans and people with disabilities. “We’ve been partnering with them to elevate awareness about the challenges, the barrier that voters with disability face,” said Rik Shannon from Iowans with Disabilities in Action. The group is teaming up with the Secretary of State’s Office to engage veteran and disabled […]

  • Trump Supporter Says Campaign Sign Torched in Colfax

    COLFAX, Iowa — During a presidential campaign full of personal attacks, supporters on one side of the ticket are now accusing the others of following suit. “A lot of personal attacks are going on and really quite frankly, I think it turns people off to being involved and showing support,” said Dave Wolf. About a month before Election Day, Wolf decided to put a Trump-Pence sign in his front yard in Colfax. Tuesday morning, his son called and told him […]

  • Second “Intentionally Set” Fire at Bakken Oil Pipeline Site

    REASNOR, Iowa– Three bulldozers and an excavator were torched over the weekend in Jasper County. The equipment sat at the construction site of the Bakken Oil Pipeline near Reasnor where suspected arsonists have struck there before. “My neighbor told me there was a huge fire out in my field and my first thought was, it was a stalk fire of some sort,” said Chris Merten. A closer look proved him wrong. The intentionally set fire cause an estimated $2 million […]