13 fascinating facts about Jerad Giottonini:

1. I worked in Shenzhen, China for a year teaching English to primary school students.
2. I can speak “survival” Mandarin Chinese.
3. I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China.
4. I spent the day riding a bike around Angkor Watt in Cambodia (think Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie).
5. I have also ridden an elephant.
6. I’ve played with baby tigers.
7. I have backpacked through most of Southeast Asia.
8. I can’t whistle.
9. I’ve never missed a flight.
10. I went skydiving on my 21st birthday.
11. I ate a scorpion in Thailand, it tasted like bacon.
12. I’ve seen both Elton John and Stevie Wonder in concert.
13. I’ve watched a world series baseball game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Before calling Central Iowa home Jerad was a one-man-band reporter for the NBC affiliate in Missoula, Montana. He wore multiple hats in Montana — reporting, weather anchoring and producing.

In Western Montana Jerad covered wildfires, active-shooter situations and added to the station’s live coverage when Democratic Presidential Nominee Bernie Sanders visited Missoula.

Prior to that, Jerad was a technical recruiter in the heart of Silicon Valley. He was born and raised in Northern California and received his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. He graduated from San Francisco State University in the fall of 2012.

While attending SFSU, Jerad reported, anchored and produced the university’s broadcast, “State of Events.” He also interned at ABC 7 News and KTVU Fox 2 News in the SF Bay Area.

In his free time Jerad likes to go on hikes, cook and travel to new places.

If you have any story ideas or must-see places in Iowa, send them his way.

Recent Articles
  • Law Doesn’t Stop Texting And Driving Violators

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State Patrol recently said it has issued a high number of texting and driving related tickets. In order to see firsthand how troopers are enforcing the law, Channel 13’s Jerad Giottonini rode along with Trooper Brian Moses. Moses was checking drivers’ speed and watching to make sure they were wearing a seatbelt as well as not texting and driving. In a matter of minutes after Jerad started traveling with him, Moses pulled over someone breaking […]

  • Central Iowa Farmer Fears Soybean Tariff

    INDIANOLA, Iowa  —  Farmers are finally gearing up to plant corn and soybeans after a weekend warm-up gave them the green light, but this comes as the U.S. and China continue to threaten tariffs. The soil temperatures read about 50 degrees over the weekend, which was the perfect temperature for Iowa farmer Corey Goodhue to start planting. “My dad is working to get our cover crops terminated, so we’ll go ahead and start planting corn probably later this afternoon,” farmer Corey […]

  • Missouri Vigilante Faces Charges After Attempting to Catch Amber Alert Suspect in Iowa

    ALTOONA, Iowa  —  A Missouri man is now facing charges after being accused of opening fire on a man he thought was a suspect in an Amber Alert. Police say Matthew Golden was traveling east on Interstate 80 when the Amber Alert was issued early Tuesday morning. The notification was for two missing children from Toronto, Iowa. “There’s nothing about this vehicle that would make you think it was the Amber Alert vehicle,” said Altoona Police Chief Greg Stallman. The […]

  • The End of Younkers Chain Won’t Have Major Impact on State says Economist

    AMES, Iowa–  A Delaware Bankruptcy judge approved the liquidation on Wednesday of Bon-Ton Franchise Younkers; as a result 18 Younkers stores across Iowa are scheduled to close in June. The company is already moving closer to shutting down. “You can’t use your Younkers card anymore its obsolete”, Ames resident Martin Tonsfeldt said. The Ames location at North Grand Mall along with four in the Des Moines metro, and one in Fort Dodge are among the 18 stores state wide scheduled […]

  • Police Say Metro Motel Relax Sees Increase in Calls for Service

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  On Monday, 33-year-old Latyia Johnson was arrested and charged with one count of child endangerment resulting in death after police were called to an extended stay motel in Urbandale on a report of a child not breathing on January 24th. The baby later died in the hospital. Johnson’s criminal complaint says the baby was given two doses of Benadryl, which was too much for a child his size. Johnson was also spotted in another room at Motel Relax, but […]

  • Former Mr. Massage Client Wants Money Back

    CLIVE, Iowa–  There are more legal questions for the owner of a Clive massage parlor who was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually abusing at least one client. Gage Bauer is charged with Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree and Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Assault.  He’s accused of performing a sex act on a 17-year-old client and attempting to perform a sex act on another female client. Emma Williams is a former client.  She says the news of Bauer’s arrest has […]

  • Des Moines Woman Remembers Time Spent Working for Barbara Bush

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  An outpouring of support is being shared for former first lady Barbara Bush. After a series of recent hospitalizations, Bush has decided against additional treatment. Her family says they are now focusing on “comfort care.” Mrs. Bush is the only woman since Abigail Adams to be a wife of one president and the mother of another. She married George H.W. Bush while he was a naval aviator in World War II, and they are the longest-married couple in presidential […]

  • Unusual Weather Causes Problems for Metro Landscapers

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The recent changing weather conditions have metro landscaping companies taking a hit. Employees can’t work in the snow, which means they don’t make money. Marissa Lindberg has been working for Capital Landscaping in Des Moines for a year. “This week, with the weather from it being in the 50s and then back down to the 40s and the rain, we can’t go from one job and start it and stop and then go back to it, we […]

  • Too Many Jobs And Not Enough Workers- State Wide Worker Shortage

    DES MOINES, Iowa–  Iowa has come under a national spotlight recently for our unique unemployment problem. Earlier this month the wall street journal questioned how Iowa’s unemployment rate could be so low, yet we still have so many job openings. Iowa has the 6th lowest unemployment rate in the nation as of February. However, even if all those people found jobs there would still be job openings in the state. The manager at Liberty Ready Mix says recent legislation like […]

  • Fate of Iowa Traffic Cameras in the Hands of State Supreme Court

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday that could impact the use of automated traffic enforcement cameras in the state. Des Moines, Muscatine, and Cedar Rapids are suing the Iowa Department of Transportation over the cameras. The lawsuit stems from the DOT ordering nine traffic cameras be shut off across the state in 2017. The affected cities say the DOT does not have that power, but the department disagrees, saying it does especially when working […]

  • Lincoln High Students Mourn the Loss of Classmate Killed in Car Accident

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Iowa State Patrol officials say icy conditions led to a crash on Sunday night that claimed the life of a Lincoln High School senior. The crash happened southwest of the Des Moines Airport on Highway 5 on the bridge over Highway 28. The Iowa State Patrol says 46-year-old Famous Rucker lost control of the vehicle, which eventually rolled several times and entered a ditch. Malik Rucker, 18, died in the crash. “I broke down. I didn’t know what […]

  • Carla Bousman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in Death of Sabrina Ray

    ADEL, Iowa  —  Sabrina Ray’s adoptive grandmother has entered a guilty plea in connection to the abuse of the 16-year-old before her death. Carla Bousman, 63, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was found guilty of two counts of false imprisonment, one count of neglect of a dependent person, one count of obstruction of prosecution, one count of accessory after the fact, and two counts of child endangerment. Bousman was very emotional in court when state prosecutors read […]