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

  • FIRST COUNTY: Home Base Iowa Rolls Out

    Posted on: 6:39 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    Governor Branstad launched “Home Base Iowa” last November. It serves as a stepping stone to help service members’ transition back...
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  • BUDGET CUTS: Johnston Schools Proposes Layoffs

    Posted on: 8:53 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 09:03am, March 13, 2014

    For the second time this week, school leaders are forced to make difficult budget decisions. West Des Moines’ board voted...
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  • TAX DEADLINE: Experts Warn Of Misconception

    Posted on: 9:31 pm, March 9, 2014, by

    From January until April, H&R Block tax consultant, Deb Eyestone, says it’s all hands on deck. “There’s kind of a...
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  • SCAM ARTISTS: Pretending To Be Police Officers

    Posted on: 11:50 pm, March 8, 2014, by

    Police say they’re one of the hardest types of suspects to catch; scam artists who are after your money. Local...
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  • CRIMEA STRUGGLE: Ukrainian ISU Students Worried

    Posted on: 6:00 pm, March 7, 2014, by

    Home is where the heart is. Home is also the epicenter of a growing conflict between Ukraine and Russia for...
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  • JEFFERSON CASINO: License Being Considered

    Posted on: 5:59 pm, March 6, 2014, by

    The process to build a $40-million casino in Jefferson started last summer with a referendum and more than 75 percent...
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  • COLD JUSTICE: Cold Case TV Show Raises Concern

    Posted on: 5:59 pm, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 07:34pm, March 5, 2014

    A crime drama managed to do what the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office worked on for 31-years, make an arrest in...
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  • ACADEMY AWARDS: Iowa Documentary Nominated

    Posted on: 2:08 am, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 02:09am, March 3, 2014

    Only 20 films have been filmed in Iowa, add one more to the list. Independent film maker Edgar Barens was...
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  • UKRAINIAN CONFLICT: Warnings Issued To Russia

    Posted on: 12:09 am, March 2, 2014, by , updated on: 12:14am, March 2, 2014

    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both issued warning to Russia after that country’s reportedly sent thousands...
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  • FULL CAPACITY: Cold Packs Metro Homeless Shelter

    Posted on: 9:39 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 10:22pm, February 28, 2014

    The unforgiving winter temperatures are posing problems for homeless shelters in the metro. Central Iowa Shelter and Services is struggling...
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  • TOWER TRAINING: New Heights For DM Firefighters

    Posted on: 5:28 pm, February 27, 2014, by

    It can be especially challenging for firefighters to respond to calls in harsh weather conditions but that doesn’t stop them...
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  • IOWA TO AFRICA: A Fire Truck’s Journey

    Posted on: 10:40 pm, February 26, 2014, by

    You never know what someone is going through until you take a walk in their shoes or in this case,...
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