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

  • ROOF COLLAPSE: ‘I Thought I Was Going To Die’

    Posted on: 11:54 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:58pm, April 4, 2014

    It has been almost a week since the historic Younkers building downtown caught fire. Today we’re hearing from the first...
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  • FIVE YEARS: Legalized Gay Marriage Milestone

    Posted on: 6:07 pm, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 06:44pm, April 3, 2014

    Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize...
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  • CHAOTIC COMMUTE: Workers Affected By Fire

    Posted on: 7:17 pm, March 30, 2014, by , updated on: 10:56pm, March 30, 2014

    For the thousands that work in downtown Saturday morning’s fire and Sunday’s cleanup will likely cause Monday mornings’ stress. “I...
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  • YOUNKERS FIRE: Onlookers React To Destruction

    Posted on: 1:58 pm, March 30, 2014, by , updated on: 02:02pm, March 30, 2014

    Hundreds of people stood in amazement at the site of the destruction in downtown Des Moines. They stood in the...
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  • STRONGER SECURITY: Courthouse Gun Scare Prompts Reviews

    Posted on: 5:48 pm, March 28, 2014, by

    The Madison County Board of Supervisors is looking for ways to beef up security at the courthouse. Safety concerns were...
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  • GOLDEN APPLE: March 2014 Award Winner

    Posted on: 10:27 am, March 28, 2014, by

    Just being inside Sunset Heights Elementary School in Webster City, you can tell it’s a special place. The smiles, the...
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  • ELECTRICAL FIRES: Flames Spark Theory As To Why

    Posted on: 5:56 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 06:06pm, March 27, 2014

    It’s been a busy week for firefighters. In Des Moines crews have battled six fires since Tuesday and more than...
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  • FIELDS OF HOPE: Farmers Look Ahead To Spring Planting

    Posted on: 6:56 pm, March 20, 2014, by

    Spring time sets the tone for farmers’ entire farming season. Dave Struthers has his planting machines washed and ready for...
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  • LIFESAVING STRANGER: ‘Dead’ Man Brought Back To Life

    Posted on: 9:42 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 09:33am, March 20, 2014

    Don Roese is 83 years young; an active, die-hard Hawkeye fan and light on his feet. That’s what he was...
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    Posted on: 10:54 pm, March 16, 2014, by , updated on: 09:29am, March 17, 2014

    Sunday was a big day for the Iowa State men’s basketball team. They learned they’ll travel to San Antonio, Texas...
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  • MININUM WAGE: Bill Fails To Make It Through

    Posted on: 2:04 pm, March 16, 2014, by , updated on: 11:43pm, March 16, 2014

    It’s been one of the most talked about political issues across the country; raising the minimum wage, but the effort...
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  • SKIN IRRITANT: Chlorine Levels High In DM Water

    Posted on: 7:20 pm, March 14, 2014, by

    Has your shower been smelling like a swimming pool? For the last month, Des Moines Water Works has been treating...
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