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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
  • Judge to Rule on Casey Frederiksen Murder Trial Testimony

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — A northern Iowa man is awaiting trial for the 2005 murder and sexual abuse of Evelyn Miller, 5. But first, a judge must decide whether to allow testimony of Casey Frederiksen’s history of child pornography. “The defendant admitted to viewing child pornography in the same room hours before Evelyn was reported missing,” testified DCI Agent Chris Callaway. At a hearing Tuesday, the state argued the images he had of little girls the same age as Evelyn engaged […]

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    Bounty Hunter Defends ‘Split Second Decision’

    WEST DES MONIES, Iowa– A licensed bail enforcement officer says he made a split second decision to shoot at a suspect who was trying to run him over. “I’m either getting ran over or I’m disabling the vehicle and I disabled the vehicle,” he says. We agreed to conceal the bounty hunter’s identity due to the dangerous nature of his job. He and his partner tracked 26-year-old Eldar Krijestorac to the Motel 6 off Jordan Creek Parkway Saturday afternoon. Krijestorac […]

  • Man Held at Gunpoint Escapes From Bounty Hunters

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines police are looking for a man who escaped after being held at gun point by bounty hunters Saturday afternoon. “We started to get phone calls from area motels and other businesses that some kind of wild event was going on,” says West Des Moines Police Sgt. Ken O’Brien. It started in the Motel 6 parking lot on Jordan Creek Parkway just after 3 p.m. Police say two bounty hunters from A-2-Z Bail […]

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    Des Moines is a ‘Food Paradise’

      DES MOINES, Iowa– Des Moines is getting more rave reviews. Women’s Health and Yelp ranked the Capital City the best up and coming city for foodies. “We beat out all the cities. They eliminated New York and LA right away and then they picked Des Moines as the #1 foodie city in the country,” says Patrick Tape Fleming with Yelp Des Moines. The city has savvy chefs and award-winning restaurants, but the magazine says something else really sets Des […]

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    I-35 Reopens After Semi Hits Bridge

    CUMMING, Iowa – Interstate-35 southbound was closed for more than five hours after a semi hit an overpass near the Cumming exit Tuesday morning. The accident happened shortly before 11 a.m. “There was a large cement mixer which was lying in the middle of the road which is something you don’t see everyday,” said Iowa State Trooper Jon Thorup. The State Patrol says the cement mixer hit the bridge, flew off the truck bed and crashed into the front of […]

  • Police: Pit Bull Used in Alleged Hate Crime

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man is charged with a hate crime after police say he commanded his pitbull to bite another man. Police were called to the 2200 block of East 41st on a fight Sunday shortly after 5:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found 24-year-old Kanin Pierce with multiple bite wounds. Pierce told police that his brother was walking to his car, parked in the street, when another vehicle came speeding past him, slammed on the […]

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    Pit Bull Attacks & Kills Other Dog, Animal Control Seeking Owner

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Animal Control is on the lookout for the owner of a pit bull that attacked and killed another dog over the weekend. On August 31st, officers were called to 29th and Rutland for a dog attack.  The reporting pet owner told Animal Control that as she was taking out her two dogs — a Yorkshire terrier and a dachshund — an unleashed white pit bull ran over and attacked. The woman managed to scoop […]

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    Mother Who Faked Daughter’s Cancer Faces Even More Charges

      ATLANTIC, Iowa — Formal charges have been filed against the Atlantic mother who police say claimed her daughter was suffering from terminal cancer for financial gain, including a trip for her family to Disney World. Leatha Slauson, 30, claimed her 5-year-old daughter was dying from colorectal cancer. Officials found out the girl wasn’t sick when she was registered for school. Slauson is facing a total of 19 charges. They include two counts of child endangerment, distribution of drugs to […]

  • Campers Take Cover During Sunday Night Storms

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Strong storms raged across the state Sunday night. Parts of western and northern Iowa saw the worst of it. In Crawford County, the wind topped 60-mile-per-hour and more than 3.5 inches of rain fell. Campers at Yellowsmoke Park near Denison took shelter as the wind uprooted trees and knocked over their RV’s. “You couldn’t even see outside. It was just wind and hail and rain,” said Katie McIntyre of Norwalk. The family of four just happened to be in […]

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    Special Win for Hy-Vee Elite Triathlete

    DES MOINES, Iowa — After coming in second for the last three years running, an elite Hy-Vee triathlete finally crossed the finish line first at Gray’s Lake. “To be the first one to lift up that tape, very , very special. I lost last year by 11 seconds and I got confetti rained down on me. Yeah, that’s how close it,” says Hunter Kemper of Colorado Springs, CO. The Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Champion completed a one mile swim, nearly 25 […]

  • Legislative Oversight Hearing about Iowa Workforce Development overpayment glitch. (WHO-HD)

    Hearings into Iowa Workforce Development Continue

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The second day of government oversight hearings into favoritism and glitches within Iowa Workforce Development began with a stark comparison to Tuesday’s testimony. On Tuesday, administrative law judges at IWD described an unfair and often hostile work environment.  Wednesday morning, a clerk said office morale improved under director Teresa Wahlert. Joni Benson told the Senate Oversight Committee that she felt no pressure to assign certain cases to specific judges.  Benson also denied any knowledge of favoritism […]

  • Police investigate a crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of 40th Street at Hickman Road in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, August 25, 2014. (WHO-HD)

    Woman Dies After Being Struck by Van in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman was killed after being hit by a van Monday night. Emergency crews responded to the intersection of 40th Street at Hickman Road shortly before 9 p.m. According to police, a Chevy Astro van driven by 26-year-old Logan Volz was traveling westbound on Hickman Road. Volz told police he didn’t see 57-year-old Cynthia Moore crossing the road until it was too late. “It didn’t appear as though the driver was speeding. He wasn’t […]


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