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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
  • Police ‘Fairly Confident’ Arrest to be Made in Terry Harris Murder Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa –Des Moines Police have a person of interest and possible motive in the killing of 16-year-old Terry Harris. Harris was shot in the mouth at this home on Tuesday afternoon and later died at Mercy hospital. After the shooting the suspect fled the scene. Harris’ mother along with several children were home at the time of the shooting. She was able to give police the man’s first name and a physical description. Along with that information, police […]

  • Medical Marijuana Activist Thinking of Leaving Iowa after No Legislative Progress

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  After more than a month behind schedule, the 2015 legislative session wrapped up on Friday and some Iowans say lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business. Senate File 484, a bill to expand medical marijuana uses, didn’t make the cut this session. In April, the Senate passed a bill allowing for Iowans with a wide range of health problems to have access to the drug. It also allowed for it to be produced and distributed […]

  • Thieves Take Off with Thousands at Local Horse Show

    DES MOINES, Iowa — About a half a dozen horse trainers at the Iowa Show Circuit claim thousand of dollars were stolen from their stalls this week. According to the Iowa State Fairground police reports, the thefts happened between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Anna Terry is just one of a handful of trainers who had thousands of dollars worth of furniture and horse supplies stolen. “We didn’t realize until we got here in the morning that normally, we […]

  • Proposal for Ignition Interlock Systems to be Installed in All Cars

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It could take years but The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing to eventually have all vehicles equipped with alcohol detection technology. On Thursday, it unveiled a first of it kind prototype that could help reduce the number of drunk drivers behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also known as NHTSA, describes two types of technology it is testing: a breath -based system and a touch based system. First, the breath – […]

  • Cyclone Fans Frustrated, Tired of Waiting on Hoiberg Conclusion

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The term “Hoiberg watch” has turned into “Hoiberg fatigue” for many Cyclone fans. Speculation has circulated for nearly two weeks about Iowa State head men’s basketball coach, Fred Hoiberg, possibly leaving and becoming the head coach for the Chicago Bulls. On Sunday, sources close to the situation told Channel 13 News that Hoiberg agreed to a five-year deal in principle with the Bulls. However, sources said money and paperwork have not yet been finalized. Without confirmation […]

  • Democrats Sanders and O’Malley Talk “Taking on Clinton”

    DES MOINES, Iowa — So much attention’s been focused on Hillary Clinton’s run for president, but two other democratic presidential candidates traveled to Iowa on Saturday. For both of the candidates, this is their first time in the state as official presidential candidates. Vermont native and current U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, officially entered the race Tuesday, and on Saturday afternoon, the Torrent Brewing Company in Ames overflowed with Sander’s supporters. Sanders spoke for about 40 minutes and took questions from […]

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    Why Was Thursday’s Amber Alert Emergency Notification Delayed?

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Amber Alert issued for a 12-year-old Clay County girl on Thursday afternoon ended with a positive outcome. However, the message was not transmitted to cell phone via emergency alerts until after the alert was cancelled. Local media, Iowa Department of Transportation digital signs and National Weather Service weather radios alerted the public that Bayli Jordan was taken by 16-year-old Jamie Panko at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday. The alert was cancelled around 3:20 p.m. when the two were found safe […]

  • Credit Card Theft “Trending” in Des Moines Metro

    CLIVE, Iowa — The Clive Police Department is asking the public to help identify a woman who used a stolen credit card at a convenience store, but officials say that is the latest case of what has become a growing trend of fraud cases. “It’s definitely an upward trend because as we become more and more dependent on credit, our thieves are going to follow along with us. Thieves are usually working on step ahead of what were doing,” Clive […]

  • Family Leader Gets Rid of “Pro Marriage Oath” for 2016 Candidates

    DES MOINES, Iowa — 2016 Republican presidential candidates will not be asked to sign the Family Leader’s “pro marriage and family pledge.” It announced it will do away with the pledge due to the distractions it caused in previous years. “People started nit-picking things that we thought doesn’t need to be nit-picked. So what we’re going to do, we’re going to  vet the candidates in regards to their own words, in our own settings,” said the conservative advocacy group’s chief […]

  • Local Landfill Potential Site For Avian Flu Disposal

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A central Iowa landfill could be the third site for the state to dispose birds affected by the avian flu. On Wednesday, Metro Waste Authority agreed it would dispose of roughly one million birds. “As the largest landfill in the state, it just made sense for us to help,” said Metro Waste Authority Executive Director Reo Menning. “This is going to impact all of Iowa and it’s important to us to make sure we provide the assistance […]

  • In His Final Year of Teaching, Baxter Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

    BAXTER, Iowa — It’s an honor most teachers don’t see coming but one they embrace when it’s here. This month, Baxter High School science teacher, Jason Aker, was awarded the Golden Apple award. “There is probably no greater award than a teacher can get, other than from a student, so I appreciate that,” Akre said. Aker has taught in the Baxter Community School District for 11 years. He says while learning content is important, making a connection with students is […]

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    Will Fred Hoiberg Stay or Will He Go? Fans, T.J. Otzelberger Weigh In

    HUMBOLDT, Iowa — The Cyclone Tailgate Tour made its seventh stop in Humboldt Wednesday afternoon. About 100 Iowa State fans attended the event, many of them worrying about the same thing; the men’s basketball coach’s future with the program. “The silence is absolutely killing us. We’re really nervous so at this point I’m not really feeling to good about it,” Joel Zeman said. The speculation continues to circle around Fred Hoiberg and whether he will take a job as a […]


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