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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 – 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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    Family Seeks Justice in ‘Suspicious’ Death

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A Newton family says the 2011 death of their loved one in Dallas County was no accident. Gregg Nimmo, 44, was found with severe head injuries on a gravel road in Dexter more than three years ago. His family says authorities don’t have enough evidence in the case to charge anyone with a crime. “I feel like somebody got away with something,” said Linda Cook, Nimmo’s older sister. The family is turning to well-known forensic pathologist, Dr. […]

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    Des Moines Garbage Truck Ignites Destroying Parked Car

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A fire left behind a big, smelly mess in Des Moines Wednesday morning. At about 10:30 a.m., firefighters were called to Southeast 23rd and Philip Street after a garbage truck caught fire. Officials said a mechanical problem on the truck is to blame. “There was a hydraulic hose that may have failed and put the fluid on the hot engine or exhaust and then the oil started the truck on fire,” said Des Moines Fire Lt. Bryan […]

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    Speeding Driver Had Good Reason for Not Stopping for Police

    FORT DODGE, Iowa– Police started to pursue a speeding SUV on Highway 7 near the town of Manson in Calhoun County, but the car’s occupants had a good reason for going over the speed limit. Ben and Rachel Kohnen were heading to the hospital in Fort Dodge at about 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. He admits that he was going about 30 miles over the speed limit when they passed the officer. “He starts following me and he turns on his […]

  • Ebola Focus at World Food Prize Symposium

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines is welcoming visitors from dozens of countries this week. The leaders in food and agriculture are here for the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. Some of the speakers and guests are from parts of western Africa at the center of the Ebola outbreak. “We are going to have one of the very first, focused discussions anywhere in the world about what is the impact of this on food production and agriculture both […]

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    Driver Hits Girl Then Takes Off

    DES MOINES, Iowa– An 8-year-old girl was hit by a car while crossing the street on her way home from church Monday evening. Now, Des Moines police are looking for the driver involved in the hit and run. Jada Johnson-Wright was walking home from the Freedom Youth Center with her older sister, Jasmine. The hit and run happened just after 7 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hickman Road and MLK Parkway. “As we were crossing the car had a […]

  • Ankeny Police Investigate Complaint Against Teacher

    ANKENY, Iowa– An Ankeny mother claims a teacher went too far in disciplining her third grader for horsing around in the hallway. Last month, the Ankeny School District launched an investigation into claims an elementary school teacher assaulted a student. When the district dismissed the complaint, the student’s family turned to police. On September 24th, Erin Canfield says a teacher grabbed her son by the arm so hard that it left a red mark. “It was a red mark from […]

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    Revitalization of SW 9th Planned

    DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the main routes into downtown Des Moines is about to get a new look.  The group, Friends of SW 9th, announced plans to revitalize the five-mile stretch of road. The coalition of two dozen community organizations identified 15 blighted buildings that need to be demolished or rehabilitated. “Southside folks, we’re like a family and we take a lot of pride in what we do here and the way that SW 9th looks, I don’t think […]

  • Old Craft Gains New Popularity Stitch by Stitch

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This old craft isn’t just for grandmothers anymore. New tools are attracting people of all ages to quilting. “The best part is the fabric, the textures, the color,” explained quilter Trina Kirkvold. She picked up the hobby 13 years ago. Now she runs Woodside Quilting in Des Moines. “Quilting is definitely growing in popularity. I think people are really reconnecting with their creative side,” said Katherine Rupp with the American Quilter’s Society. QuiltWeek, a four-day show […]

  • Marshalltown School Employee on Adminstrative Leave

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Marshalltown police are investigating a complaint about a high school teaching assistant. “On Friday we received a complaint related to a non-licensed employee at Marshalltown High School. We take all complaints seriously, so the employee was placed on leave and the Marshalltown Police Department began an investigation,” said Jason Staker, a spokesperson for the Marshalltown School District. The female employee has not been charged. Students say she sent a nude photo of herself to a male student […]

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    Warren County Police Pursuit Ends in Fatal Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal fiery crash that started with someone breaking into vehicles Monday morning in Greenfield Plaza. The pursuit began around 9 a.m. Monday on County Line Road and ended less than two miles away just past Southeast 14th Street. Officials say he driver of the stolen car was going well over 100 mph. He lost control, went into a ditch, hit a culvert and became airborne for about 40 […]

  • I-80 Police Pursuit Ends in Fiery Crash

    JASPER COUNTY, Iowa — A police pursuit that started on Interstate-80 in Jasper County ended in a fiery crash Tuesday. It started at the 179 mile marker of I-80 westbound at about 5:15 p.m. The suspect, 37-year-old Demond Alfred, had stopped to help another driver who had broken down on the side of the road. Alfred appeared to be intoxicated. “I could smell a strong odor of some type of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” said State Trooper Chris […]


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