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
  • EXCLUSIVE: Governor Reynold’s Details Thoughts of Dix Resignation, Gun Control

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s official, Governor Kim Reynolds’ name is on the ballot as she seeks a gubernatorial election. Reynolds turned in more than 9 – thousand petitions to the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday after launching her campaign to run last week. Channel 13 spoke with Governor Reynolds following her filing in an exclusive interview. When asked about her response to thousand of students nationwide taking part in National School Walkout Day to demand changes to current […]

  • Metro Dunkin’ Donuts Blames Glitch for Unwanted Customer Card Charges

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A metro donut shop is working to refund dozens of customers whose credit cards were charged without their knowledge. The Dunkin’ Donuts store on SE University Avenue in West Des Moines says a computer glitch in its credit card processing system charged customers’ card on days they didn’t purchase anything. The store’s franchisee insists the charges are not fraudulent. Currently, 30 customer cases are under investigation. Officials were made aware of the issue on Monday. […]

  • State Fair Officials Squash Rumors of Property Use

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  Officials at the Iowa State Fairgrounds are working to put a rumor to rest. A social media post went viral over the weekend claiming people are not allowed to be on fairground property unless there’s a scheduled event there. Commander Doug Phillips with the State Fair Police Department says the fairgrounds are open to the public all day, everyday but the more than 400 acres are not public property. Phillips says the property is paid for […]

  • Sera Alexander Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for Shooting Death of Her Stepfather

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Sera Alexander is pleading guilty to lesser charges for the shooting death of her estranged stepfather, Anthony Hartmann. Alexander and prosecutors agreed to a deal on Wednesday afternoon that will have her plead guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Use of a Firearm.  A charge of Second Degree Murder will be dropped. Alexander admits she shot and killed Hartmann in her home in 2017.  Alexander contended that she acted in self-defense and didn’t know that a […]

  • Sera Alexander’s Mother Testifies About Abuse She Suffered at Hands of Husband

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The defense began bringing witnesses to the stand Wednesday morning in day three of the Sera Alexander murder trial. Alexander is charged with second degree murder after admitting to killing her stepfather Anthony Hartmann at the family’s home last May. Her attorneys are trying to prove it was in self-defense. Alexander’s mother Susan Hartmann testified Wednesday morning, saying before she married Anthony she knew he had a drug and alcohol problem and described his behavior as […]

  • Sera Alexander: “My Only Option was to Shoot Him”

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The state rested its case on Tuesday in the murder trial of  Sera Alexander. The 29-year-old is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of her stepfather, Anthony Hartmann last May. Prosecutors showed the court video of Alexander’s first interview with police after the shooting.  She told detectives she arrived to the family’s south side home after a weekend away and noticed a car she didn’t recognize in the driveway.  She continued up to […]

  • Des Moines Actor with ‘Big’ Heart, Awaits Transplant

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Khalil Adams dreams of being a famous model and actor someday. “It’s a childhood dream. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” says the 22 – year – old. That dream was sidelined last spring when he left work and headed for the emergency room thinking he was having an asthma attack. However, doctors quickly determined he was in heart failure. He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes an enlarged and weakened heart. “I […]

  • Iowa Law Allows Teachers to Carry Guns at School, Law Comes as a Surprise to Teachers Union

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Under Iowa law, teachers are allowed to carry weapons at school. According to Iowa Code 724.4B, the school must specifically authorize the person bring the weapon onto school grounds. Otherwise if not specified, any weapon brought on to school property would be considered a felony. According to the Iowa Department of Education, the law has been in place since 2011. Lawmakers amended the Iowa Code allowing for educators to be armed in the classroom but some […]

  • Tale of Two States: New Iowa Ranking Highlighting Disparities

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Another list, a new ranking. A recent study lists Iowa as the best place in the country to live, which is a recognition economic developers say matters, as it helps bring new people and new economic development to the state. “There’s all these great things that are happening here in this region, in this state, and this helps build on that story, and that story we can tell across the state, across the country, and across […]

  • Iowa Hawkeye Basketball Player Misses Free Throw to Protect Late Athlete’s Record

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Every point matters in the fast-paced game of basketball, but a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes gave up a point in order to preserve a legacy. Hawkeye sophomore point guard Jordan Bohannon intentionally missed a free throw so he would not outshine a former Hawkeye basketball star. “It’s not my record to have. Obviously that record deserves to stay in his name,” he says. Bohannon is referring to Chris Street, an Iowa Hawkeye basketball standout who […]

  • Iowans Take the Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa

    WARREN COUNTY, Iowa — Saturday afternoon’s temperature–34 degrees–was the same as the water temperature of Lake Ahquabi in Indianola. Dozens of Iowans sprinted into the water as a part of the Special Olympics Iowa Polar Plunge. The annual event is the organization’s leading fundraiser. Money raised will help go towards supporting athletes with cognitive and physical needs. Athlete John Fitten says the organization helped him to believe in himself. “I was told that I would never have a job. I […]

  • Iowa Native, Former Olympian Shares Winter Olympic Experience

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  West Des Moines native and the first Iowan to compete in the Winter Olympics games is recounting his Olympic experience. Channel 13’s Jodi Whitworth sat down with bobsledder Karlos Kirby to talk about the sport and team USA’s chances of making the medal podium in the 4 – man bobsledding event.