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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
  • 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 […]

  • Search for Man in Des Moines River Called Off

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Search and rescue crews headed back out on the Des Moines River on Tuesday morning. The Metro Star Water Search/Rescue team spent three hours looking for a man who was last seen in the water yelling for help near the 4300 block of Morning Star Drive. Today’s search turned up empty. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received three 911 calls from nearby fisherman around 8:30 p.m. Monday night. “They had seen a white male in the middle […]

  • Two Men Shot in Drive-By, Police Looking for Suspect

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say two men were shot in a drive-by shooting on the city’s southeast side. Officers responded to the 1500 block of East Bell Ave. around 4:30 a.m. Twila Noring was startled awake after hearing three “bangs.” Soon after, police swarmed her neighborhood of more than 50 years. “I see all those flashing lights around, looked out the window and saw all the police cars and police men walking all over,” Noring said. The gunfire hit 33-year-old […]

  • Family, Senator Waiting Months For Answers in Veteran’s Death

    DES MOINES, Iowa– On Wednesday, Governor Branstad signed a proclamation to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms and treatment of PTSD. “I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of June, 2015 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month,” he said a signing ceremony at the state capitol. The Governor says Iowans who are suffering in silence after defending our freedom deserve our respect. Iowans like Richard Miles. “I think it’s awesome that there’s […]

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    Driver Who Killed Six-Year-Old Goes From Hospital to Jail

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police arrested 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman for the death of a 6-year-old boy. Villa-Guzman is in the Polk County Jail charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, reckless driving causing serious injury and driving while suspended. Irving Aguilar-Gonzalez was playing with a friend on a trampoline around 12:30 p.m. Monday when police say a white truck came barreling through a fence and hit the boys in the backyard near the 2600 block of Hickman. “The truck pushed […]

  • Iowans Mourn Loss of Beau Biden

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The death of Beau Biden came as a shock to Iowans who knew the Vice President’s oldest son. The 46-year-old lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday night. “It was a shock when I found out last night that he had passed away. Saddened a little bit. A tear fell,” said Des Moines Rep. Bruce Hunter. Hunter, a Biden family friend, says there was a lot to admire about Beau. “I’ve never met anyone, with […]

  • Community Rallies Around Critically Burned Newton Man

    NEWTON, Iowa — Four fire departments responded to a house fire early Memorial Day morning. The last of the five family members to escape the home in the 1200 block of West 68th St. South in rural Jasper County is facing months in the Iowa City Burn Unit. 38-year-old Aaron Henning suffered burns to about 70 percent of his body. He and his wife, Genevieve, lived in the basement of her parent’s house. The couple became trapped inside when the […]

  • Indianola’s ‘Favorite Son’ Remembered

    INDIANOLA, Iowa– The death of a man who helped mold great players and young men has his community in shock. 65-year-old Joe Blake was killed around 8 p.m. on Memorial Day when he lost control of his pickup on a curve at G36 and 150th Avenue in Indianola “I ran out there and saw that the truck was running and it was on its side,” Jeff Bolton said. Bolton called 911 after his wife heard the crash. Blake was thrown […]

  • Iowa World War II Veterans Receive French Medals

    PERRY, Iowa — Two Iowa soldiers received top honors from the French government for their service during World War II. 92-year-old Mahlon Conaway of Perry and 93-year-old Mancel King of Des Moines were awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor. The medal is France’s highest military distinction. “They fought bravely battle after battle across France and witnessed the worst of the war. Many did not return but they are in our heart. Fortunately, Mr. Conaway and Mr. King, […]

  • Clean Water Ads Hit TV Airwaves

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Water Works filed a federal complaint against three Iowa counties over claims of water pollution. Now, a new group of Iowa leaders is striking back in the court of public opinion. The Iowa Partnership for Clean Water paid for the 30 second advertisement running in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities. “I’m shocked that the Des Moines Water Works is suing us,” said a voice in the political-style spot. Des Moines Water […]

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    Police Identify Body Found Near Des Moines Garden

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  Sam Riccelli made a disturbing discovery while tending to his family’s garden on the city’s southeast side this morning.  His family grows vegetables for the farmer’s market in a field the 400 block of E. Kenyon Ave. “I happened to catch something in the corner of my eye in the trees there and walked over and it was a guy and I hollered at him twice,” Riccelli said. The man lying face down in a clump […]

  • Family of Murdered Girl Helps Form New Child Abduction Response Team

    DES MOINES, Iowa– The family of Elizabeth Collins pushed for the state to form a new Child Abduction Response Team or CART. The 8-year-old girl was abducted with her 10-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook, in Evansdale in July 2012. Hunters found their bodies in December of that year. “Drew and Heather Collins have taken their tragedy and really turned it into sharing information to make sure it doesn’t happen to another family,” said Waterloo Police Investigator Stacy Hesse. Hesse is one […]


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