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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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    Driver Crashes Stolen Van with Passenger Trapped Inside

    RUNNELLS, Iowa– A Runnells man was arrested after crashing the vehicle he’s accused of carjacking from three women Tuesday afternoon. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Xayapheth Thongsakounh stole the van from a group of volunteers at a local church. The women had stopped by a group home operated by Optamaie Life Services in the 9900 block of SE Vandalia. “As they were walking up to the residence, the suspect ran out and jumped into the driver’s seat […]

  • Is Uber Really Cheaper, Faster Than A Normal Taxi?

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The new way to get a ride in Des Moines claims to be faster and cheaper than a traditional taxi. We wanted to know if the app based transportation service could deliver on those promises so we enlisted the help of two Drake University students, Ethan Turner and Lindsay Smith. Our week long fare compare starts on the weekend with a run to the airport. While Smith dialed a cab, Turner punched up the app on […]

  • Construction of New Johnston High School Takes Shape

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — The massive concrete walls of the auditorium are going up at the new high school in Johnston. Crews are hauling tons of concrete to erect the 68-foot-tall walls. “The rumor is, these are some of the tallest pre-cast panels in the state of Iowa,” said John Petersen, Stahl Construction Project Manager. Each panel weighs about 60-thousand pounds. Two cranes are used to install the massive slabs of concrete and the cold weather is making for ideal conditions. […]

  • Memorial for Victims and Survivors of Deadly Fire

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — A makeshift memorial sits in front of the home where three people lost their lives Sunday afternoon. The three crosses are for 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her 6-month-old son, Bryce and another little boy, 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy. They died after being trapped in a house fire at 703 4th Avenue North. “I’m just sorry for Amy and my other grandson, Joseph, and her baby, Bryce,” said Bonita Urich. Urich’s daughter, Ashley, almost didn’t make it out alive […]

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    Community Shows Support for Family of Nicole Guenther

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    Iowa National Guard Unit Fights Threats of Terrorism on the Homefront

      DES MOINES, Iowa– When first responders need help containing chemical and other deadly agents, their first call is often to this team of specialists. The 71st Civil Support Team is a mobile unit made up of 22 soldiers and airmen with the Iowa National Guard. The group has the equipment and the expertise to detect and identify hazardous materials. “We specialize in weapons of mass destruction which include chemical, biological, nuclear radiological and high-yield explosives,” said 71st CST Commander […]

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    Sex Offender Forces Way into Knoxville Home, Attempts Sexual Abuse

      KNOXVILLE, Iowa — A Knoxville man with two sexual abuse convictions was arrested for a third time over the weekend. Fifty-four-year-old Fred Smith is charged with First Degree Robbery and Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse.  According to court documents, Smith posed as a salesman and forced his way into a 65-year-old woman’s home Saturday night.  Once inside, the victim told police that he pushed her to the ground, groped her and demanded money. “She had a medical […]

  • Changes Proposed to Dangerous Dog Ordinance

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  • Remembering Centerville Firefighter ‘Coop’

    CENTERVILLE, Iowa– The Centerville Fire Department lost its longest serving member over the weekend. Wednesday for the first time, friends are sharing their memories of 61-year-old Assistant Fire Chief Mike Cooper. “He was a firefighter, he died in the line of duty, but I think the biggest thing to remember about Coop is also had a son and the son meant the world to him,” said fellow firefighter Nick Hindley. Coop’s boots and firefighting gear still hang next to those […]

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    Missing ACT Answer Sheets Mean Retests for Students

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — Nearly 200 high school students will need to retake their college entrance exams. The students took the ACT at Johnston High School on December 13th, but their tests were never scored.  They got lost in the mail on the way to Iowa City. “It throws everybody off when then you say, we’re not sure what happened to that test, we’re still working on it, but in the meantime, you can retake the test in a few days,” […]


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