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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.

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    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s nothing new but doctors continue to advise snow shovelers to take it easy. Since Saturday evening, Mercy and Mercy West Lakes Hospitals have treated close to a dozen patients complaining of chest pains or who have suffered heart attacks. “A lot of people go out there and try to overdo it and the snow has been really heavy and really wet. So they are at greater risk for doing too much,” said emergency room doctor Meredith […]

  • Winter Storms Tests Iowans Who Prepared and Those Who Didn’t

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Central Iowans had time to get ready for this snow but as always, some were more ready than others. Around 6pm Saturday evening, the city’s 100 snow removal trucks hit the streets. Des Moines Public Works Director, Jonathan Gano, says the city began treating the streets with salt on Thursday and continued to do so during the first phase of the storm. “We’ll be putting down salt within that first hour while the payment is freezing […]

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    Downtown Wedding Venue Closes, No Refund For Brides

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    GRIMES, Iowa — After a controversial lawsuit, the owners of Gortz Haus will no longer host weddings at their venue. “We are definitely making a sacrifice for our convictions. It affects the value of our business,” says Richard Odegaard. In Decemeber of last year, Betty and Richard Odgaard agreed on a settlement based on a lawsuit filed by a gay couple wanting to get married at the historic church turned bistro and art gallery. However, the Odgaards would not agree […]

  • “Now Is The Right Time,” Ft. Dodge Welcomes RAGBRAI

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  • First Annual Iowa Freedom Summit Brings Along Opposition

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    Marshalltown Woman Set on Fire Says Suspect has a Violent Past

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  • Family of Marshalltown Shooting Victim Says ‘the Violence Needs to Stop’

    MARSHALLTOWN,Iowa — A crowd of family and friends gathered Sunday night to remember a young man who was murdered. Late Saturday night police responded to 1203 West Church Street where they found 20-year-old Dedrikk Fisher shot. Fisher died early Sunday morning from his injuries. Witnesses identified Jose Morales as the suspect. Authorities have been looking for him ever since. Police say once found, he will be charged with first degree murder and going armed with intent. “This person has changed […]

  • DM Christian Teacher Receives 600+ Nominations For Golden Apple Award

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  • Video Captures Bullying at Ft. Dodge Middle School

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    Police Locate Driver Connected with Hit and Run, Woman in Critical Condition

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have located the vehicle and driver they believe are connected with a hit and run that left a woman in critical condition. Police say Samuel Kascoutas, 19, of Des Moines was driving a 2002 beige Mitsubishi Montero east bound on Ingersoll Avenue when he struck Roberta Schulte, 49, also of Des Moines. Police say Schulte was walking in the travel portion of east bound traffic when she was hit at about 8 p.m. Sunday evening […]

  • Police Search for 2 Suspects Who Broke into Home

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Two suspects forced their way into the home on the 1800 block of Glenwood Circle on Des Moines’ south side on Friday night. At 12:50 p.m. on Friday, Des Moines police responded to a break-in.  A resident of the home was there during the time of the incident.  The resident was able to call for the police then hide from the suspects. According to Des Moines PD, the suspects forced open the door of the room where the […]


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