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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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  • AIDS Researchers Among Dead In Malaysian Flight, Iowans Call It a “Medical Setback”

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  • Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against State

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    Undecided Voters Will Sway Outcome of Deadlocked U.S. Senate Race

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  • ‘Imagine a Rocket Being Deliberately Launched at You,’ Local Man Caught in Israel Violence

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    Possible Horse Neglect Cases in Lucus County Being Investigated

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  • Mom of Teen who Overdosed Relieved About Arrest in Case

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  • Social Movement Urges Des Moines Youth To Stop Violence

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