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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
  • Federal Review of IWD, Former Director

    DES MOINES, Iowa– A federal review of Iowa Workforce Development and the actions of the former director uncovered complaints of intimidation and influence. The U.S Department of Labor says the state needs to address those concerns. State Senator Bill Dotzler contacted the agency a year ago this week after hearing complaints from Administrative Law Judges. They claim former IWD Director Teresa Wahlert pressured the ALJ’S to be “employer friendly” during unemployment dispute hearings. Wahlert abruptly retired from her post in […]

  • Casey Frederiksen Convicted of Murdering Evelyn Miller

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A Hamilton County jury has convicted Casey Frederiksen of first-degree murder in the 2005 death of Evelyn Miller. Jurors also found Frederiksen guilty of first-degree sexual abuse. WATCH: Verdict Read in Casey Frederiksen Murder Trial Deliberations began early Tuesday afternoon and lasted about five hours. Prosecutors said Frederiksen, who lived with the girl and her mother, sexually abused Evelyn and stabbed her to death in July 2005. The girl’s body was found in the Cedar River five […]

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    Verdict Reached in Casey Frederiksen Murder Trial

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A Hamilton County jury has reached a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Frederiksen. The verdict is expected to be read in the next few minutes. You can watch as it is read by clicking here. Prosecutors say Frederiksen, who lived with the girl and her mother, sexually abused Evelyn and stabbed her to death in July 2005. The girl’s body was found in the Cedar River five days after she disappeared from her […]

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    Defense in Frederiksen Murder Trial Rests Case

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The defense has rested its case in the murder and sexual abuse trial of Casey Frederiksen after a little more than an hour of testimony. The second week of Frederiksen’s trial resumed Monday morning in Hamilton County. The jury heard from three defense witnesses in an attempt to try to point the finger at another suspect in the case, Randy Patrie. Patrie was one of the last people to see five-year-old Evelyn Miller alive on July 1, 2005, but […]

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    Prosecution Rests in Casey Fredericksen Murder Trial

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Prosecutors in the Casey Fredericksen murder trial rested their case Friday after calling dozens of witnesses to the stand during the first week of testimony in Hamilton County. The 35-year-old defendant is charged with the 2005 murder and sexual abuse of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller. She was found stabbed to death in the Cedar River. Friday morning, the jury heard testimony from a dog handler involved in the search for evidence in Evelyn’s disappearance. A blood hound tracked […]

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    FBI Investigator Testifies About Frederiksen Interview

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The third day of testimony in the trial of the murder and sexual abuse of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller ended with the girl’s mother on the stand. Noel Miller began dating Casey Frederiksen when she was 15 and pregnant with Evelyn.  The couple had two children together and Frederiksen was caring for all three kids the night Evelyn disappeared. “I told him Evelyn’s not there, she’s not there and then I ran out the door and I […]

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    Jury Selected in Casey Frederiksen Murder Trial

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – It took a full day to seat a 12-person jury, plus two alternates, to hear the murder case of a 5-year-old girl. The panel for the Casey Frederiksen trial was selected from the 105 people who reported for jury duty in Webster City Monday. Frederiksen, 35, is charged with the 2005 sexual abuse and murder Evelyn Miller. The case was moved from Floyd County due to pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors say Frederiksen killed the little girl to […]

  • Jury Selection in 2005 Murder Begins Monday

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa– A 35-year-old Iowa man will stand trial for the nearly decade old murder of a little girl he helped raise. Casey Frederiksen is accused of sexually abusing, then killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in 2005. For six days, Miller’s family and the countless volunteers looking for her, held out hope for her safe return. On July 6th 2005, the massive search came to a tearful end when the little girl`s body was found in the Cedar River. “I […]

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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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