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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
  • Downpour Causes Flooding in Dallas Center

    DALLAS CENTER, Iowa — Monday morning’s downpour flooded streets and homes in Dallas Center. Anywhere from three and a half to four inches of rain fell in about two hours and overwhelmed the city’s sewer system. “It came down too quick and lasted a little bit too long and it got up to where it got up the last time,” Dan Raitt said. His street and home flooded for the second time in as many weeks. Raitt and his neighbors […]

  • Three Arrested In Des Moines Standoff

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A ten hour standoff in Des Moines ended peacefully this morning. It began when U.S. Marshals went to a home at 2318 East 39th Street around 8PM Tuesday. When they went to arrest 40-year-old Bobby Palmer on two outstanding warrants, they say he refused to come out and barricaded himself inside the home. “They had information that he may be armed as well as a history of violent behavior,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax. Authorities […]

  • Little Animal Lover Sets Up Lemonade Stand

    OSCEOLA, Iowa– A 4-year-old girl learned at an early age that it’s better to give than receive. For her last two birthdays, Jovee Blakely has asked that instead of gifts, people give food to the animal shelter. To date, she has donated more than 1,000 pounds of food to the Clarke County Animal Shelter. This week, she decided to try something new. “Lemonade! Help the animal shelter!” she yells to passing cars in Osceola. Jovee set up a lemonade stand […]

  • Des Moines Woman Cited for Illegal Swimming

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Two metro fire departments searched for a woman spotted on the Des Moines River Sunday afternoon. Authorities received several 911 calls from people who thought she had been swept away by the strong current. When water rescue teams found 39-year-old Jennifer Freeman, she was fine. She told police that she had gone for a swim. It didn’t look that way to Kenny Sutter. “When I first seen her, I thought this person is drowning. I mean, […]

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    House Party Ends in Possible Gang Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A loud house party spilled over into a nearby parking lot overnight and ended in the shooting of a Des Moines teenager. Police are now investigating whether the crime has ties to local gangs. Officers were called to a house in the 3500 block of 27th Street around 1:30 a.m. after a neighbor called to complain about the noise. Police found about 50 people inside including some known gang members. After breaking up the party, the […]

  • Storm Levels Home in Monroe County

    The National Weather Services confirms that an EF 3 tornado tore through Monore County near Lovilia Monday evening. The storm packed winds of 142 miles per hour when it leveled Cecil and Sandy Showers’ home of the last 37 years. “It happened so fast. It just happened so fast,” Sandy Showers said. She had just returned home from work. The couple barely made it to the basement when the twister touched down. The Showers say if they had waited a […]

  • Neighbors in Shock over Shooting Death of ‘Good Grandmother’

    MARION COUNTY, Iowa — Neighbors are sharing their shock and sadness over the death of a 68-year-old grandmother. Shirley Carter was found shot to death inside her home in rural Lacona on Friday. “Shirley Carter was the nicest person you’d ever want to meet,” neighbor Kyle Phillips said. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating her death. About half a dozen other agencies, including DCI, are assisting. Authorities have yet to name a suspect or make an arrest in the […]

  • Unity On and Off the Soccer Fields

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Soccer teams from across the state and around the country are competing in West Des Moines this weekend. The Genesis Midwestern Conference Cup Soccer Tournament draws players from the immigrant and refugee community. “That’s my sport. It’s the only sport I can play,” Mohamed Bass said, who grew up in Liberia. Teams traveled from Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona to play at Hidden Valley Soccer Complex. The tournament is sponsored by the organization Genesis […]

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    Fun Learning to Prevent ‘Summer Slide’

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Children and Family Urban Movement or CFUM supports low-income students in the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. The summer camp is designed to keep kids learning until they head back to school in the fall. “My Mom calls it school, but I say, Mom it’s not school. It’s fun learning,” said student Liberty Velazquez. About 75 students from Moulton Elementary are part of the Awesome Summer Days. While there are fun field trips and class projects, the students […]

  • Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence in Race Identity Controversy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — One day after stepping down from her post with the NAACP in Spokane, Rachel Dolezal broke her silence. Dolezal addressed the controversy over her appearance and racial identity on the Today Show Tuesday morning. “I identify as black,” Dolezal said. Dolezal called the issue as “complex,” not black or white. “I don’t see why they’re in such a hurry to ‘white wash’ some of the work that I have done and who I am and how I have […]

  • Operation Engage America

    DES MOINES, Iowa– An Iowa family that lost a soldier to post-traumatic stress is on a mission to help others in the fight of their lives. “It’s an injury of war. It’s not a disorder,” explains Lisa Naslund. The Ida County mother says dropping the D from PTSD lessens the stigma. Her son, US Army SGT Dillion Naslund, was diagnosed with PTS in 2012. “We really had expected him to come back different from war, but there was no way […]

  • Mother Heartbroken Over Losing Logan

    URBANDALE, Iowa– A heartbreaking end to an Amber Alert for an Urbandale mother who says her nine-month-old baby, Logan, was found dead across state lines. “He was here yesterday and he’s gone and I’ll never hold him again, I’ll never see him again,” said Missy Zeimet. She reported her son missing around 8PM Tuesday after the baby’s father failed to bring him home. “He was a happy baby. He laughed, he smiled, he was a joy to be around. Everybody […]


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