Weather-Related Announcements
Iowa Road Conditions

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
  • promo272333863

    Snow Routes, Ordinances, Trackers: What You Need to Know

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The first snowfall of the season brings a crash course in reminders. Odd and Even Parking Zones: This applies to five neighborhoods: Carpenter, Drake, Drake Park, River Bend and Sherman Hill. In these areas vehicles are to park on the side of the street with street addresses ending in an even number on even numbered days and vice versa. Snowplowing operation will occur from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Vehicles must be on the correct side of the […]

  • promo272248750

    West Des Moines Daycare Announces Sudden Closure

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A popular daycare is closing its doors short notice, leaving parents scrambling to find care for their children. Kingdom Kids Academy announced to parents late Tuesday night it would be closing eight days later on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The owners, whom are based out of Nebraska, would not comment on the nature of the closure however employees tell Channel 13 the closure came after a new director was slated to start but backed out at […]

  • promo272157399

    Des Moines Fire Department Denied Federal Grant for More Staffing

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The city’s fire department will not be receiving a grant that would have added more than dozen firefighters. In a rejection letter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said of the department “Your application was generally good and above average however, after awarding departments with scores higher than the scores assigned to your application, we regrettably do not have enough funding to offer you an award.” The grant would have allowed for the department to add 15 […]

  • Capture2112

    Hundreds Rally at Central Iowa Democratic BBQ Event

    AMES, Iowa — Former Maryland Governor Martin O’ Malley and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headlined the Central Iowa Democrat Fall Barbecue Sunday afternoon. Both candidates touched on similar issues as Saturday night’s debate but supporters say they don’t mind. “There are a lot of likenesses but there are still a lot of differences so you really need to get in front of people and be visible,” said Sandy Opstvedt. Of the nearly 600 people in attendance, many of […]

  • promo271732217

    Nightclub Shooting Victim Laid to Rest, Family Pleads for Suspect to Come Forward

    DES MOINES, Iowa — DaShawn Smith’s family says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time at the time of his death. The 20–year–old was father of two, a friend to many and peacemaker to all which is why his sister cannot come to terms with his death at his funeral on Friday. “He never held a grudge with nobody, he wasn`t that type of person. He would always let it go,” said TaShae Bell. Last Sunday, Smith […]

  • promo271641488

    Martensdale-St. Mary School District Apologizes for Busing Students Home during Tornado Warning

    MARTENSDALE, Iowa — Chloe Husted and her twin brother, Kobe said their bus ride on Wednesday was like none other. “Lots of kids were saying they were gonna die or something,” she said. Despite Wednesday’s tornado warning, the twins along with about 150 other Martensdale–St. Mary elementary and junior high students were dismissed early and told to ride the bus home. “It was really frightening. I didn`t know what was gonna happen,” said Kobe. Meanwhile he heard his sister trying […]

  • promo271433468

    Norwalk Teacher Goes Above and Beyond, Earns Golden Apple Award

    NORWALK, Iowa — After more than a decade’s worth of teaching, there’s one major thing Julie Brincks has learned. “It’s not always easy. It’s fun but it’s not always predictable,” she laughed. There is a constant need for adjustment inside her kindergarten and first grade classroom at Oviatt Elementary School in Norwalk; not just with day-to-day activities but also for students’ learning styles. “Each kid is different  and they all need different things and that`s what I go by. Some […]

  • Capture``

    Jeriann’s Story: Coping With Type 1 Diabetes

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Centers for Disease Control say that 29.1 million Americans have diabetes. Only five percent have type 1 diabetes, something that doctors call a medical mystery. Living with the disease is life changing and it’s affecting a member of the Channel 13 News family. “We’re used to forecasting highs and lows but these unexpected highs and lows are not fun.” Meteorologist Jeriann Ritter and her husband, Rob, never thought they would be excited about a special sensor. A […]

  • promo271123830

    Republican Presidential Hopefuls Weigh in at Religious Liberity Conference

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Three presidential candidates discussed the issue of religious freedom to hundreds of conservative voters on Friday. Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz, as well as several other religious leaders spoke at the two – day National Religious Liberties Conference. All the republicans echoed saying people’s religious beliefs are under attack due to the government’s control. “The hope in America is not to grow up and have the government take care of you. The […]

  • promo270960314

    Man says Des Moines Auto Shop is Responsible for Car Theft

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man says his car was stolen and the auto repair shop it was sitting at should be held responsible. Da jour Robinson says he dropped his car off at Sargent’s Garage on Friday to be serviced. However, mechanics said the car could not be fixed that day due to extreme wheel damage and it was agreed the car would be picked up by the end of the day. According to Robinson, he says […]

  • Donor Recipient Group

    Woman Starts Local Kidney Donor Chain, Encourages Others to Get Involved

    ADEL, Iowa — Two weeks post operation and Janet Hircock has no regrets. In late October, Hircock volunteered to be the primary donor in Mercy Hospital’s kidney donor chain which ultimately helped three people receive kidneys. She says her choice to donate was simple. She felt called to do it. “All throughout this process, I have thought if I have the ability to help somebody live a longer or a better life, why wouldn`t I do it?” said Hircock. Shortly […]

  • promo270524557

    Johnston School District May Change Policies After Bus Driver Accused of Assaulting Student

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Johnston School District says it’s considering changing its policies after a bus driver was accused of assaulting a student. On Thursday, 61–year-old Robert Scarbrough was charged with assault causing injury and child endangerment after a student on his bus video recorded him allegedly hitting a special needs student in the head and forcing him to the ground. Officials said Scarbrough and other drivers within the district are required to complete 17 hours of annual training by […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,414 other followers