Jodi Whitworth

13 Fascinating Facts about Jodi Whitworth:
•I've never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Call me un-American.
•I have a pretty cool family. Both my brother and I are adopted. He's adopted from Seoul, Korea. I'm adopted from Chicago. And my parents’ names are Dick and Jayne.
•I was a cheerleader all four years in high school. Yes, cheerleading is a sport.
•Favorite movie: What About Bob. I still laugh at all the same parts and can quote every line.
•I am notorious for making funny faces.
•I love to dance.
•Dream vacation destination: Tokyo, Beijing or Seoul. I have a recent love of Asian culture. I blame the "Gangnam Style" song.
•I ran track for over 10 years. I hold several records at my high school and college. Oddly enough, I don't even like running but I thrive on competition!
•I'm a true Midwestern girl. I've lived in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota and I still hate the winters.
•I am a die - hard Fighting Illini fan. ILL - INI!
•I'm deathly afraid of spiders. I can hardly even read the book Charlotte's Web.
•I was Ankeny High School's first African American homecoming queen in 2008.
•Only two professions run in my family: broadcasting and the funeral home business. I contemplated studying mortuary science in college.

Multimedia Journalist, Jodi Whitworth, joined the Channel 13 news team in January of 2013 after graduating from Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Electronic Media Communications. While in college she had valuable experiences interning with news teams at WCIA in Champaign, IL, KSTP in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her first internship experience was at WHO-HD. It was here where she learned she had a passion for journalism.

Jodi served in an active role on her campus TV station, Eagle 7 News for several semesters. She also was the 2012 recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media: Diamond Award Diversity Scholarship and is a member of the National Communication Association Honor’s Society: Lambda Phi Eta. She's even taken her journalism skills overseas. In 2012 she traveled to Belize to teach a media seminar to local television and radio stations.

Having gone to Ankeny High School, Jodi is no stranger to Des Moines. She and her family moved to the Twin Cities after her high school graduation, but is excited to be back amongst the friendly folks of Iowa. Jodi covers a wide variety of stories and would love to hear from viewers. You can contact her by email at, “Like” her on Facebook or, follow her on Twitter @jlwhit09.

Recent Articles

  • SPECIAL DELIVERY: Pony Express Visits Camp Sunnyside

    Posted on: 9:41 pm, April 19, 2014, by

    Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp and a group of Iowans...
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  • MORE ARRESTS: VEISHEA Task Force Assembled

    Posted on: 4:11 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 07:10pm, April 17, 2014

    Ames police are reporting three more arrests in last week’s VEISHEA vandalism. Twenty-two-year-old Tucker Henderson, 19-year-old Austin Burbridge, and 20-year-old...
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  • VEISHEA’S FUTURE: Leath Appoints Task Force

    Posted on: 9:52 am, April 17, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:29am, April 17, 2014

    Iowa State University President Steven Leath has named the members of a task force that will look into VEISHEA’s role...
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  • INGERSOLL RESTORATION: Investments ‘Paying Off’

    Posted on: 5:33 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 06:26pm, April 16, 2014

    The saying used to be “it’s all on Ingersoll” and the team working to revive the street says it’s working...
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  • ALICE’S CORRIDOR: Name Change For Waukee Development

    Posted on: 5:49 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 06:57pm, April 15, 2014

    We will learn more Wednesday about a big development project in Waukee. It’s currently known as the Alice’s Corridor Project...
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  • EGG HUNT: Special Event For Special Kids

    Posted on: 9:57 pm, April 13, 2014, by

    An Easter tradition in the metro is catering to a special group of kids. The Special Egg Event was held...
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  • UNSAFE BRIDGES: “The State’s Greatest Concern”

    Posted on: 9:50 pm, April 13, 2014, by

    The head of the Iowa House Transportation Committee says one of the state’s greatest concerns is bridge infrastructure. A bridge...
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  • BRIDGE COLLAPSE: Driver Crossing Bridge Falls Into Creek

    Posted on: 10:44 pm, April 12, 2014, by

    A bridge in Guthrie Center collapsed Friday night into “Brushy Creek” as a farmer drove his tractor across it. The...
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  • MORE ARRESTS: Social Media Aiding Ames Police

    Posted on: 5:31 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    Ames Police say videos and photos posted to social media helped them make three arrests in relation to the mob...
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  • HEARING CANCELED: Governor Speaks Out

    Posted on: 11:32 am, April 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:01pm, April 9, 2014

    The scandal over confidential settlement agreements and allegations of hush money for ex-state employees continues. Tuesday night, Mike Carroll, the...
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  • WATER WORKS: ‘Dangerous’ Chemical Discovered

    Posted on: 10:19 pm, April 6, 2014, by

    Des Moines Water Works has notified some customers that their water contained a potentially dangerous chemical that people drank for...
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  • MOVING FORWARD: ATF Wrapping Up, City Cleaning Up

    Posted on: 9:00 pm, April 5, 2014, by , updated on: 09:08pm, April 5, 2014

    Foot traffic is still stop and go downtown; curiosity still getting the best of those who want stop and stare...
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