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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.

Recent Articles
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    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Parents of students who attend Lenihan Intermediate School fear their child’s teacher may have been drunk in the classroom before. On Wednesday, 33 – year -old, Carissa Bryant, was arrested at the school and charged with public intoxication. Breathalyzer results from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office show Bryant’s blood alcohol concentration was .19 – percent. Parents say they generally knew the 6th grade teacher as being a good teacher but as of lately they say their impressions […]

  • Lawmakers Propose Bill to Ban Racial Profiling

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  • Woman Who Nearly Died From Flu, Talks About Her Road to Recovery

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  • Richard Miles’ Family Speaks On PTSD, Sen. Ernst Waiting on VA Evaluation

    AMES, Iowa — Senator Joni Ernst is still awaiting answers from the Veterans Affairs regarding her requested evaluation of veteran Richard Miles’ mental care. Last Friday, Miles was found partially frozen in Water Works Park. Ernst requested the evaluation report last week and despite the Friday deadline, she told reporters she had yet to hear from the VA. “As someone who was deployed in the Iraq War, it’s one of my top priorities to ensure our veterans are receiving the […]

  • No Compromise On School Funding, Special Committee Formed

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa school districts are in limbo because lawmakers can’t agree on how much education funding should increase next year but lawmakers are taking steps to speed up the process. A special conference committee was formed Thursday to reach a compromise on allowable growth. House republicans want a 1.25 – percent increase. Senate democrats are requesting 4 – percent. Republicans say an increase that large isn’t reasonable. House speaker, Kraig Paulsen, says “every single one of them […]

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  • Wrestler Who Collapsed at State Wrestling Tournament Released from Hospital

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Sunday evening Mercy Medical Center announced Creston/Orient Macksburg wrestler, Tayler Pettit was released from the hospital. Wednesday, the senior collapsed after his match during the State Dual Team Championships. Medics on scene say Pettit had a seizure then became unresponsive. They used an AED several times shock Pettit’s heart into beating again. Pettit’s parents, Scott and Melissa released a statement expressing their gratitude for support and explained what happened. “Tayler’s heart did not fibrillate from a […]

  • Metro Couple Killed In Motorcycle Accident

    Norwalk, Iowa — Two people were killed in a motorcycle accident in Warren County Saturday evening around 5:15. The Iowa State Patrol reports the motorcycle was heading southbound on Highway 28 just south of the Highway 5 bypass before the driver lost control on a curve and crashed into a cable barrier. The report states both riders and the motorcycle came rest on the side of the road. The two were taken to Mercy Hospital but later died of their […]

  • Friends Question If Veteran’s Death Could Have Been Prevented

    DES MOINES, Iowa –Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death Richard Miles but they also question whether his death would have been prevented. On Friday, police discovered the 41 – year – old’s body partially frozen in Water Works Park. Authorities say his death is not considered suspicious but according to his friends, Miles was suffering from issues that likely led to him taking his own life. Miles was in the Army and deployed to the Middle East three […]

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    AIB College Hosts First Student-Athlete Recruiting Day

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Due to AIB College of Business announcing its closure and discontinuation of all athletic programs at the end of the 2015 season, the school hosted the first of three student-athlete recruiting days Friday. Athletes are calling it a second chance. “For all of us, the athletes, we thought it was over. We were worried about not being able to do what we love anymore but coming here and looking at these coaches who are gonna give […]

  • Doctor Talks About Possible Heart Issues After Wrestler Collapses

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Cardiologists say they may have an idea of what caused a teenage wrestler to collapse minutes after match. Senior wrestler, Tayler Pettit, collapsed Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena during the dual finals. Pettit is an athlete for Creston/Orient-Macksburg. Officials say Pettit had a seizure. Paramedics used an AED to shock his heart back into rhythm. According the Des Moines Register, Pettit’s coach says his athletes heart began to beat irregularly after he was hit during the […]


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