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
  • Kindness and Respect Part of Core Curriculum at Green Mountain Elementary, Teacher Awarded Golden Apple

    GREEN MOUNTAIN, Iowa  —  Expectations are high in Rajeen Tonner’s elementary classroom. A colorful sign on her door that reads “work hard and have a little fun every day” greets fourth graders as they enter her room. “There’s not a lot of fluff, this is what it is,” Tonner smiles. The basics are covered in the classroom with added daily lessons in kindness and respect. “We really need to get back to teaching students about humanity and how important it […]

  • Ankeny Brothers Back from Grueling South American Charity Ride

    ANKENY, Iowa — Eleven countries, over the course of five and half months, paired with a couple of near death experiences it safe to say the Naylor brothers are glad to be back home. “There were some pretty poor times that you were ready to go home but there were also some experience that made the trip what it was,” says Seth Naylor. Naylor and his older brother Ross left from Ankeny for Agentina on motorcycles last November. They hoped […]

  • Local Mentorship Program Prepares to Break Ground on New and Improved Space

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Children and Family Urban Movement organization has stayed at its same location for five decades, but that will soon change. At the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue, a century-old church stands tall, but its basement is too cramped for growth. “It’s time for the kids to move out of the basement. And we’re growing up and it’s time to move on,” says CFUM’s executive director Jim Swanstorm. “We’ve needed to do something for […]

  • WDM Firefighters Face Challenges Battling House Fire, Investigation Underway

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Fire investigators in West Des Moines say it will likely be a while before they learn what sparked a fire at home over the weekend. On Sunday, firefighters were continued to put out hot spots at a home in the 2400 block of Ridgeview Drive. This was the first time investigators had a chance to survey the damage from Saturday night’s fire, and officials say the home is a total loss. “Once we start getting […]

  • Johnston Couple Gains Social Media Fame as Royal Lookalikes

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Voted best couple in high school, a Johnston couple never knew they had royal ties until now. Engaged couple Spencer Clock and Simmone Doswell became social media famous after someone compared them to the royal newlyweds, Prince  Harry and Meghan Markle. “It’s kind of unavoidable at this point because you see them and people tag us in stuff all the time saying, ‘oh you guys are on TV again,'” says Doswell.  “And we’re like, no, it’s […]

  • Four Other County Jails join Hardin to House ICE Detainees, All Under Different Contracts

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Where ICE detainees can be housed in the state can be a bit confusing. The state offers two different types of detention spaces in its jails. Channel 13 aired a story on Monday stating the Hardin County Jail was the sole ICE detention facility in the state. After inaccuracy concerns by viewers, we sought clarification. An ICE spokesperson says the Hardin County Jail is the only facility in the state to have a contract with ICE […]

  • Prairie Meadows Calls Supreme Court Ruling ‘Perfect Timing’

    ALTOONA, Iowa  —  The buzz continues around the possibility of legalized sports betting in Iowa. It follows the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to wipe out a federal law allowing states to regulate the betting if they choose. Iowa lawmakers say they plan to revisit the bill during the next legislative session. “It’s an amenity that we’d like to have,” says Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino CEO Gary Palmer. Palmer says sports betting will attract more people to the casino […]

  • Hardin County Jail Serves as Sole ICE Detention Facility in Iowa

    ELDORA, Iowa  —  The small town of Eldora is home to a big county jail that is different from any others in the state. The Hardin County Law Enforcement Center houses the county jail and serves as a detention facility for the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. According to federal officials, it is the only one in the state to do so. The jail can only hold a maximum of 107 inmates, and officials say almost three-fourths of that […]

  • Metro Pharmacies Seeing Shortage of EpiPens; What you should do Next

    URBANDALE, Iowa — The Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday there are temporary shortages of EpiPens, they contain the drug used to treat severe allergic reactions to things like peanuts and bee stings. At the Medicap Pharmacy in Urbandale, only one EpiPen is available. Pharmacists received a shipment of only three on Tuesday after searching for the past three weeks. There is currently a waiting list for those who have been turned away. “We checked again today to see […]

  • State Still Seeing Financial Benefit From ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  It was a social media challenge that took the internet by storm. People across the state and country dumped buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness about an incurable disease. In 2014, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised enough money to triple the amount of year funding for national ALS research. As a  result, last year the FDA approved ALS treatment in the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years. […]

  • Closing the Critical Care Gap: Lawmakers Fail to Advance Stroke Care Bill

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Almost 10 years after a severe brain stem stroke, Jackie Petersen-Blake is almost fully recovered. The incident happened in July of 2009 as she and her husband were driving from their home in Elk Horn to visit family. “Just as she’s driving along the interstate, she said she couldn’t see,” her husband Ross says. “She said, ‘you need to call an ambulance.'” EMS responders took Jackie to the nearest county hospital, but released her a few […]

  • Des Moines Father Says Son’s Prison Sentence is Too Harsh for Involvement

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Terrance Cheeks Sr. fears the worst for his son, who now faces first degree murder charges on top of his convicted first degree robbery charges. The additional charges come after autopsy results show Mike Wasike died from the injuries sustained in the 2013 assault. Terrence Jr. is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. “I don’t condone anything that happened, but I just thought that his involvement should have resulted in a […]