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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
  • Wife of Ames Crash Survivor Recounts Horrifying Phone Call From Scene

    AMES, Iowa  —  On Tuesday afternoon, the Iowa State Patrol released the video of a massive pileup on I-35 near Ames that happened Monday afternoon. The pileup started when an accident further south on I-35 had slowed traffic, and one by one cars and trucks driving too fast for the conditions began slamming into the parked vehicles in front of them. One person was killed in the crash. Fifty-three-year-old Dana Easter of Independence, Missouri, was driving a bus that crashed into […]

  • Authorities Working to Put Admitted Sexual Abuser Back Into Custody

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Authorities and the Newton family of a child sexually abused by Shawn Cooper are asking why Cooper was allowed to be released from custody. Cooper admitted to sexually abusing a minor 16 times, but was then deemed intellectually incompetent to stand trial. A criminal complaint from 2017 states Cooper, a Newton resident, admitted to performing the acts on a minor in his home. A statement from the Jasper County Attorney says Cooper suffers from a mental disorder. […]

  • Warren County Waits on Board for Next Jail Decision

    INDIANOLA, Iowa–  The Warren County Board of supervisors is scrambling. The county jail closes tomorrow and there is no solution to the problem. The temporary fix comes out of the Warren County Sheriff’s 2019 fiscal budget, so until a solution is found a budget cannot be approved. There were multiple temporary options discussed. House inmates in trailers over night until their initial court appearance. Do nothing and leave it up to police and deputies to find inmate housing, that includes […]

  • Warren County Jail Closing With No Stop-Gap In Sight

    INDIANOLA, Iowa–  People packed a room at the Warren County Administration building Thursday morning for a meeting to decide what to do about the county jail. Warren County Board of Supervisors met with the sheriff to discuss next fiscal year’s budget. The Warren County attorney says this is important because the jail closes Friday, and a temporary stop-gap on what to do next, comes out of that budget. The meeting discussed two issues. The permanent solutions which include building a […]

  • Warren County Jail Prepares for Exodus

    INDIANOLA, Iowa–  Employees at the Warren County Jail are getting ready for the facility to shut down. The Department of Corrections ordered it closed earlier this month. The department cited health and safety hazards. The department found issues with mold, sewer smells and security. On February 2nd, 2018 The Department of Correction ordered the jail to shut down. “It should have been cleaned then when they had the rest of the building restored,” Triplett said. But that did not happen, […]

  • Fighting Conversion Therapy Top Priority For LGBTQ Lobbyists

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Iowans gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday as One Iowa hosted its annual LGBTQ Day on the Hill. Activists lobbied against conversion therapy and for expanding protection against hate crimes. The day is very important to people like Sophia Stone. “This is my community, this is my family, and I am going to fight as hard as I possibly can for them,” she said. Stone demonstrated support by lobbying against conversion therapy, which has already been […]

  • Newton Police Looking for Suspect in Drive-By Shooting

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  Newton Police are looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting. The shooting happened on Sunday night in the 1100 block of W. 15th Street on the west side of town. Neighbors are now shaken, saying this is a safe area. Police say this is the first drive by shooting in Newton in nearly 20 years. “I lock my doors at night just out of habit, but that’s just not normal for this part of town, it’s […]

  • Des Moines Family Survives Rollover Crash Thanks to Stranger

    DES MOINES, Iowa–  A Des Moines family amazingly escaped this rollover crash Wednesday without injury, thanks in part to a bystander. The family’s vehicle was slammed into by a speeding, stolen car. The driver was able to make it safely on her own but, her children were stuck. 16-year-old Ayden Thompson’s stepped into help. “I was just getting ready for bed and it sounded like an explosion like literally what you would hear from the movies and I looked, and […]

  • Waukee Residents Spot Coyote

    WAUKEE- Iowa–  A coyote was sighted earlier Wednesday by a Waukee homeowner, and residents in the area say it happens weekly. Just this afternoon Waukee City Councilwoman Anna Bergman saw a coyote on a stretch of Grand Prairie Parkway. “From far distance it looked like a lost dog so then, so I slowed down to see, and it was a coyote just in the tall grass just ten feet away from the trail just sauntering like it was no body’s […]

  • Owner Looking for Missing Cat After West Des Moines Apartment Fire

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The West Des Moines Fire Department remained on the scene at the Old English Village Apartments on Tuesday after a fire ripped through a building on Monday afternoon. Tyler White, one of the building’s residents, flipped through his phone to look at the last picture he took of his cat, Ringo. White says it’s bad enough he lost everything, but now he’s worried about finding his pet. “I love my cat. It would be nice to replace […]

  • Nicole Finn Requests New Trial

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Nicole Finn, the woman convicted of first degree murder after starving her 16-year-old daughter Natalie Finn to death, is now requesting a new trial. Court records show Finn motioned for a change of venue, as is documented in her handwritten letter to Judge Karen Romano. In Iowa, a first degree murder sentence is automatically granted an appeal. The judge is expected to address the motion on Friday.

  • Hundreds of Iowa National Guard Members Furloughed

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The government shutdown over the weekend forced 900 Iowa National Guard members on to unpaid furlough. “Regardless, if they’re on furlough or not they need to be paid because they are always on standby,” said Indianola resident Mindie Dumas. No one was on standby to guard a federally managed road next to the Iowa National Guard headquarters in Johnston, so it was closed. “When you have to put half your workforce on furlough it makes everything […]