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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, “Like” her on Facebook or, follow her on Twitter @jlwhit09.

Recent Articles
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    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A Central Iowa man claims he was racially profiled at a popular metro clothing store. James Conley III says he was accused of not paying for a jacket he was wearing when he walked into the Old Navy at the the Jordan Creek Town Center Tuesday. Conley who is African – American says the jacket he was wearing was an Old Navy brand. According to Conley, the store’s manager told him, “anytime someone wears Old […]

  • Saturated DSM Restaurant Scene Makes it Hard for Businesses to Stay and Succeed

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Over the weekend, two downtown restaurants abruptly closed their doors for business, leaving their customers and employees with little explanation. Restaurant critics say it’s difficult for new restaurants to start and stay in Des Moines’ saturated market. On Friday, +39 Market and Cantina suddenly closed its doors. General manager Derek Messenger says the owners had plans to temporarily close to re-brand, but instead closed citing financial troubles, and announced plans relocate to a resort in The Bahamas. […]

  • Downtown Eatery Suddenly Closes, Leaving Several Without Jobs

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Nearly two dozen staff members at a downtown restaurant are out of job after the business’ owner suddenly decided to close it on Friday. +39 Market and Cantina’s former general manager Derek Messenger says the store was struggling financially. As a result, the owners were planning to temporarily shut down the restaurant in few months to re-brand, then eventually re-open a short time later. However, Messenger says he was shocked to learn of the sudden and […]

  • Dodgeball Competition Raises Money for Charity

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  • “It’s Been A Long and Frustrating Journey”, Widow of Carjacking Victim Speaks Out

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  • Tips on Lessening the Severity of the Flu Virus

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  • Organization Aims to Bring Homeless Shelter to Warren County

    INDIANOLA, Iowa  —  A Warren County non-profit is doing something the county has never done before, in order to tackle a growing concern. Heal House of Iowa, a new organization, is working to establish a homeless shelter in Indianola. It’s an effort to better serve the homeless people of Warren county, as organizers say the area does not currently have a shelter. On Sunday, volunteers put together care packages that will be handed out when the group takes a county-wide […]

  • State Officials Review Emergency Alert System Following Hawaii Mishap

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A false missile alert in Hawaii has prompted a refresher course of Iowa’s emergency alert system. This week, Governor Kim Reynolds asked to review the Alert Iowa system with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security. The department’s officials are the ones who would issue the alert, pending a real and credible threat. “I’m extremely conscientious when sending out a message,” said Iowa Department of Homeland Security spokesperson John Benson. Benson says Alert Iowa allows the state’s […]

  • Newton Mother Dies from Flu-Related Illness

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  A young wife and mother has died due to complications of the flu. Family members say 34-year-old Nikki Burtlow passed away on Friday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Burtlow’s oldest sister, Amanda Reavis, says Nikki put off going to the doctor for several days despite feeling ill. She eventually went, but it was already too late. “They ended up treating her for a chest cold and it turned out to be much worse than what that […]

  • Ankeny Brothers Learning Valuable Lesson on Cross-Continental Charity Ride

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  • Changes Coming to Downtown Parking Meters Starting Next Week

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —   Starting next week, parking meters in downtown’s Court Avenue District will begin charging on weeknights and Saturdays. Starting on Wednesday, meters will charge for parking from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday instead of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the Park Downtown Des Moines Program. The change is a welcomed relief for businesses like Vivian’s Diner and Drinks, whose owner, Jeff Duncan, says a lack of parking has impacted foot traffic. […]

  • Body Camera Video Released in Roberts Trial

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The trial continued Tuesday for the Johnston man accused of killing his girlfriend last spring. Abraham Roberts is charged with first degree murder. The defense is arguing Abraham Roberts shot and killed Agnes Yarlee out of drunkenness and rage. Defense attorney’s are asking for a lesser charge to be handed down. On Tuesday, state prosecutors ordered several witnesses and first responders to the stand detailing what they heard and saw the night of the shooting. Body […]