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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 – A man who was assaulted outside a bar early Sunday morning has died from his injuries. Andrew Purcell, 50, was assaulted outside Gerri’s Place in Des Moines at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Police found him unresponsive in the parking lot and bleeding from the head. His death is now being classified as a homicide by the Des Moines Police Department. “The head injury is what the issue was. I don’t know what the official cause of death […]

  • Police Continue Search for Assault Suspect

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A 50-year-old Des Moines man was burned out of his apartment and beaten at a local bar in the same day. Police found Andrew Purcell unconscious in the parking lot of Gerri’s Bar and Grill on East 30th Street just before 1 a.m. Sunday. His condition was described as critical. Officers say he was bleeding from the head and had some teeth knocked out. His attacker is still on the loose. Des Moines Police Sergeant Jason Halifax says […]

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  • Price Chopper Opens for Business

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A new grocery store opened for business for the first time in Des Moines. The Kansas City-based Price Chopper bought five of the bankrupt Dahl’s Foods stores. The Price Chopper signs are going up at the first location to open its doors on Merle Hay Road. This morning, shoppers came out in droves to stroll through the aisles and stock up on groceries. A few longtime Dahl’s customers said they stopped by out of curiosity. “I started […]

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    ARL Searching for Owner of Dog that Jumped Off Two-Story Viaduct

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A lucky dog survived after jumping off a two-story viaduct. The ARL says Animal Control officers were called on Sunday, March 15th after a witness phoned dispatch about a Rottweiler on top of the Guthrie Street viaduct. She said she tried to call the dog over, but he panicked and jumped over the side, landing on the railroad tracks below. “That’s a long ways. Not only that, to land on rocks and railroad tracks and everything […]

  • One Killed, Two Injured in Ames House Fire

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  • Vertical Race Raises Top Dollar for American Lung Association

    DES MOINES, Iowa– Climbers tackled four of Des Moines’ tallest buildings today. The Fight For Air Climb benefits the American Lung Association. “It is you versus the stairs. You go at your own pace,” said Julia McCarville, Special Events Manager with the American Lung Association. Twelve-hundred people signed for the vertical race. It includes part or all of the EMC building, the Hub Tower, Ruan Center and downtown Marriott for a total of 1801 stairs. “It’s the biggest climb we’ve […]

  • Altoona Mom Returns Home After 5-month Hospital Stay

    ALTOONA, Iowa– Healthy one day, 34-year-old Stephanie Keen was fighting for her life the next. “They’d never seen a case like me before,” said Keen, a mother of two from Altoona. She went to the hospital in Des Moines last fall after experiencing shortness of breath and was later rushed to Iowa City in full respiratory failure. “They weren’t expecting me to even live through the helicopter ride over to Iowa City,” she said. Keen spent five long months in […]


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