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

  • COUNCIL CONTROVERSY: Johnston Principal Makes Unwanted Decision

    Posted on: 11:01 pm, February 19, 2014, by

    Last December, a photo of a Johnston High School student council member was posted to social media. The photo showed...
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  • HIT & RUN: Euclid Avenue Raising City’s Concern

    Posted on: 11:21 pm, February 16, 2014, by

    One Des Moines city leader is questioning the safety of a street after two hit and run crashes in the...
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  • CELEBRATING CULTURE: Iowa Festival Honors Black Community

    Posted on: 12:56 am, February 16, 2014, by , updated on: 12:59am, February 16, 2014

    In honor of black history month, a popular Des Moines event is back for its 16th year. Held at Hy-Vee...
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  • KNOXVILLE ACCUSATION: Student ‘Sexually Abused’

    Posted on: 6:23 pm, February 14, 2014, by

    On Wednesday, allegations of sexual misconduct between a Knoxville School District employee and student surfaced. The alleged victim and her...
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  • SUSPECT ARREST: Man Charged In Hit-And-Run

    Posted on: 2:45 pm, February 13, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:17pm, February 13, 2014

    A Des Moines man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night....
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  • ON LEAVE: Knoxville School Employee Investigated

    Posted on: 10:33 am, February 12, 2014, by and , updated on: 01:59pm, February 12, 2014

    A Knoxville School District employee is on paid administrative leave while police investigate an alleged act of misconduct involving a...
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  • LEGAL RIGHTS: Mom Talks On Police’s Racial Profiling

    Posted on: 12:24 am, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 12:28am, February 10, 2014

    One mother who believes her son was racially profiled last month by Des Moines Police said she hopes to educate...
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  • CYBER DEFENSE: Computer Data Security Competition

    Posted on: 12:01 am, February 9, 2014, by , updated on: 12:04am, February 9, 2014

    Ever since cyber crooks stole massive amounts of customer’s private data from Target, people have become increasingly concerned about their...
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  • EAST VILLAGE: Plans For $45M Development

    Posted on: 6:32 pm, February 7, 2014, by , updated on: 06:35pm, February 7, 2014

    City planners are calling it the one of the best places in downtown to invest in. Des Moines’ East Village...
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  • FROZEN TUNDRA: Frost At Record Depth

    Posted on: 6:23 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    The Des Moines metro is standing on two and half feet of frozen dirt — a record measurement. That number...
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  • AGING PARENTS: Helping Parents Take The Next Step For Care

    Posted on: 12:57 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    Married for 54 years, Leonard and Dixie Vidmar stick to their routine. Every morning, Dixie watches her game show. It’s...
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  • MAD MEATBALL: Metro Restaurant Hosts Super Bowl Party

    Posted on: 12:10 am, February 3, 2014, by

    The restaurant has only been open for five months but Mad Meatball Italian Restaurant in the East Village is already...
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