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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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  • Police Investigate Home Invasion, Shooting Connection

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  • Veterans Thank Others Who Served with Thanksgiving Meal

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    Mother Accused of Faking Daughter’s Cancer Pleads Guilty

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    Des Moines Police Continue to Investigate Neighborhood Shootout

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A home invasion turned into a shootout in a Des Moines neighborhood Tuesday night. Police said three armed men let themselves in through an unlocked back door of a home in the 100 block of SE 33rd Street. It happened at about 7 p.m. while a couple was inside the home, watching TV. “One of the suspects strikes him (the male resident) in the head with a pistol while the other two start going through rooms […]

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    Chemical Fire Explosion Destroys Businesses, Injures Worker

    SAYLOR TOWNSHIP, Iowa– Monday’s explosion at an industrial building in Saylor Township sent one man to the hospital. Officials are not releasing his name or condition, but witnesses on scene say he suffered severe burns. “His clothes were blown up and you could just tell he was pretty burned up,” said Joel McDowell at Central Iowa Dirtworks. Eight metro fire departments were called to 2123 NE 46th Ave just after 3 PM Monday. Fire officials say the chemical fire created […]

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    Learning to Control Your Anger

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  • Fishermen from Capsized Boat Seek Help at Homes Miles Apart

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  • Grinnell Man Accused of Beating Neighbor with Stick

    GRINNELL, Iowa — A dispute between two neighbors this weekend almost turned deadly. Police say the fight happened in the 1100 block of Reed Street in Grinnell Saturday. “Upon arrival, they found the male lying on the ground with a several head wound. The investigation revealed that the male had been struck in the head with what appears to be a larger stick,” Sgt. Christopher Wray said. Authorities say the two neighbors argued over another neighbor, a woman. One man […]

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    Super Surrogate and Attack Ad Effect

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    Waukee Sets School Start Date for First Day of State Fair

    WAUKEE, Iowa – On Monday night, the Waukee School Board voted to start the 2015-2016 school year on Thursday, August 13th. The district’s 8,700 students headed back to the classroom on the same day this year. Waukee school officials said the community is split on whether K-12 students should start school during the second week of August or closer to Labor Day. “Not surprised. It’s the issue that never seems to go away,” said Superintendent Dave Wilkerson. Wilkerson said semester […]

  • New Ruling in Des Moines East’s Football Forfeit Controversy

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced that Des Moines East High School forfeit in their football game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. “It wasn’t our first choice, but we think it’s a fair second choice to just simply erase the game from the books. Make it a ‘no contest’. It doesn’t […]


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