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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 jodi.whitworth@whotv.com, “Like” her on Facebook or, follow her on Twitter @jlwhit09.

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    Branstad’s Request for Bird Flu Federal Disaster Relief Denied

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The governor’s request for a federal disaster declaration to respond to the avian flu outbreak has been denied. In June, Governor Terry Branstad asked President Barack Obama for relief aid for the for the counties most affected: Buena Vista, Sioux, Webster and Wright. On Tuesday, a letter from federal authorities rejected the request. The virus has infected more than 31.5 million birds however according to the letter it said the damage done to local farms  was […]

  • Lack of Sleep Possible Factor in Ambulance Rollover Crash

    NEWTON, Iowa — Two paramedics suffered minor injuries after the ambulance they were in crashed and rolled into a ditch early Wednesday morning. The driver of the vehicle told Iowa State Patrol troopers the wind blew the ambulance off the road. However, officials believe otherwise. “I didn’t think it was that windy out. It looked like the vehicle slowly drifted towards the road and went down into the ditch,” Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said. “I guess your guess is as good […]

  • Man Sent to Hospital after Firework Explodes in Hands

    WINTERSET, Iowa – An accident involving fireworks sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries on Saturday. Authorities say a mortar-type firework exploded in the hands of 28-year-old Jimmy Saenogaroun of Des Moines around 10:30 p.m. The incident occurred at a private residence in the 2200 block of 152nd Street, just outside the town of Winterset. Saenogaroun sustained injuries to his face, neck, and arm after the explosive blew up near his face, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s […]

  • Crowd at Big Creek Marina Puts Strain on Safety Crews

    POLK CITY, Iowa — Fourth of July weekend is always a busy time at Big Creek Marina but this years crowd could be record-breaking. With weather in the 80’s, Marina Operator Mark Crawford says he isn’t surprised. “When they call for nice weather like this people come out in droves,” Crawford said. Crawford estimates more than 300 people visited the lake on Saturday, the marina’s first big turn out of the year. However, a large turn out is also putting […]

  • Trapped Trench Worker Dies, Experts Say Death Was Preventable

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The OSHA investigation into the death of trapped trench worker is ongoing but a certified trench instructor says the death could have easily been avoided. On Wedesnday, 31-year-old, Brian Powell, died at Methodist Hospital. The Polk County Medical Examiners Office said he died from multiple blunt force trauma and traumatic asphyxiation. Powell was working in a trench on the site of the retirement facility last Friday when the trench caved in, trapping him. The accident occurred […]

  • City Proposes to Move Bike Trail onto Johnston Residents Properties

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — A popular trail has a the city and some of its residents divided. As a part of a road reconstruction project, Johnston city leaders are requesting for a portion of the Interurban trail to be moved from the north-side of NW 60th Street to the south-side of the street. The relocation also would require the city to acquire 10 feet of land from residential property. “The property owners are going to be asked to sell ten feet […]

  • Church Members Grow a “Stache” to Raise Money for Adoption

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — For the second year in a row, a local church is urging it’s congregation members to grow facial hair in the name of charity. On Sunday, Walnut Creek Church launched its “Mustaches that Matter” campaign to raise money to help financially support families who are going through the adoption process. For several church members, the “growing season” is well underway. “I was super proud. I ordered some mustache wax a couple weeks ago on Amazon […]

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    Iowa State Fair Unveils New Foods for 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The countdown to the Iowa State Fair is underway. The fair is still a little less than two months away but on Wednesday fair officials announced some of the new food you’ll see at this year’s fair. 16 new items will be available for fairgoers to enjoy this year, including: • Apple Pie On-a-Stick – sliced apples dipped in a funnel cake batter and apple pie spice, deep fried and topped with cinnamon sugar. Served with a side […]

  • Self-Defense to be Considered in Ames Fatal Shooting

    AMES, Iowa — Ames Police along with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate a shooting that left one man dead on Saturday. No arrests have been made in the case but investigators say there is no threat to the public. According the Des Moines Register, Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle said the incident may be considered as self–defense. He said the man was shot outside of the duplex as the result of an argument. Around 1 a.m., […]

  • No Plans for Tighter Security at Des Moines Church Following Charleston Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa — “We serve a God who protects us. We don’t have to live in fear.” Reverend Fredrick Gaddy of St. Paul AME Church said that before dozens of people at prayer vigil on Friday to remember the victims of the Charleston church shooting. Around 100 people attended the vigil at the church, some of them hesitant to attend the event. “I started not to come. I was very bitter and angry at the person,” said Sandi Fowler. […]

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    Local Churches Holding Prayer Vigils Friday in Wake of S.C. Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa — On Friday, three local churches will host prayer vigils and services to remember the lives lost in the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting. On Wednesday, 21-year-old, Dylann Roof, shot and killed nine church members including the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during an evening bible study. Roof admitted to the killings and is charged with nine counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. […]

  • Residents Asking For Speed Monitoring on Street where Man Died Thursday Morning

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say speed was likely a factor in single car accident that killed a Des Moines man early Thursday morning. Tyler Luna, 29, was ejected and killed after driving up a curb and hitting a tree in the 1500 block of 19th Street around 4:30 a.m. Resident, Virgil Bright, lives in the home nextdoor to where Luna crashed. He’s calling it a blessing the tree stopped the car from traveling into his house. “It was pretty […]


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