• Follow me on:

1. I live off of junk food. Employees at Taco Bell know me on a first name basis. My body is so used to junk food that I often get sick from eating healthy food.

2. I’m obsessed with Star Wars and Jurassic Park. The only thing better would be if they combined the two into one epic movie!

3. I’m told I rely on GPS too much. I use it every day on my way to work.

4. When I was three-years-old my dad would have me recite the poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll to his friends. He was so proud!

5. I was the only girl in my neighborhood. I grew up playing every imaginable sport.

6. I was first runner-up for Miss Minnesota, but what I am most proud of is receiving the Miss Congeniality Award.

7. My dad once turned up the volume too high before playing the movie Fantasia. He came back a few minutes later to find me screaming and crying. I’ve been afraid of the movie ever since. I still have never watched the entire movie.

8. My sorority awarded me “Most Likely To Become A Reality TV Star.”

9. I’ve worked a variety of jobs including: busser, carhop, hostess, barista, manager, server, nanny, telemarketer, sales clerk, and bartender. Believe it or not, my least favorite job wasn’t telemarketing, it was working in retail.

10. One of my favorite places to hang out is the library. I love flipping through books, but I rarely finish a book from start to finish.

11. They drive me crazy; and I often can only handle them in small doses, but my parents are my best friends.

12. I can’t cook. My fridge is filled with TV dinners and frozen pizzas.

13. I’m a huge bargain hunter.

Multimedia journalist Courtney Johns joined Channel 13 in 2013. Before joining the WHO news team she spent a year working as a multimedia journalist for News 12 in Mankato, Minnesota.

In college Courtney studied broadcast journalism, communication studies, and acting at the University of Minnesota. Before graduating she had five internships under her belt. She was also very active on campus as the publications coordinator of her sorority and the president of the school’s broadcast club, U Broadcast. To get more comfortable with public speaking Courtney hosted various online shows, concerts, and two radio programs.

Courtney got her first taste of journalism when she was 10-year-old messing around with her dad’s video camera. She was instantly hooked on every aspect of putting together a story and made numerous shows with her friends. Ten-plus years later, she says she loves her job more every day.

It was hard for this pure-bred Minnesotan to leave her home state, but says she’s grateful to be in the Midwest and is proud to call Des Moines home. She looks forward to becoming part of the community and learning everything she can about the area.

Recent Articles
  • charity hackathon

    CHARITY HACKATHON: Software Developers To Help Non-Profits

    A unique Des Moines charity wants to help out other local charities in need of tech help. Next month, software devlopers will gather for the Des Moines Charity Hackathon to create something new. During the hackathon, organizers want to focus on helping charities that are dealing with tech problems ranging from website issues to apps, or even simple software updates. Organizers are also looking for more volunteers to help during the hackathon. They say this event gives developers a chance […]

  • camping

    CAMPING OUT: Great Weekend At Saylorville

    We saw a mixed bag of weather this holiday weekend, but that didn`t stop campers from enjoying their time at Saylorville Lake. “Absolutely didn`t make one bit of difference,” campground attendant Patrick Snook said of the weather. “People had a spot. They wanted a spot. They couldn`t wait to get here. They couldn`t wait to get checked in and start having a good time. And they certainly did that this weekend.” Crews booked all four campsites for Memorial weekend. A […]

  • FIGHTING TOGETHER: 515 Riding For The Tata’s

    Millions of dollars are raised every year for breast cancer organizations, but this weekend the 515 community got together to raise money for a few local woman battling breast cancer. Few can understand the relationship Missy Wimbler has with Tiffany Rhoades. “She’s the only one who knows exactly what I’m going through more so than anybody else. And it’s that mutual bond. And it just made us close instantly,” said Rhoades. Bonded by breast cancer, they couldn’t feel closer with […]

  • EXTREME HUNTRESS: Central Iowan Semifinalist

    A Des Moines woman hopes to share her passion for hunting by competing in the TV series, the Extreme Huntress. Kristie Wagner is a semifinalist in the hunting competition. She wants to be a part of this competition to encourage other women to give hunting a shot. Wagner is one of 20 women from around the world asking for fans online votes. The top 6 finalists compete in hunting and head-to-head skills competitions in Texas. Wagner says she`s more excited […]

  • LATE START: Water Parks Wait For Students

    It’s a perfect day to be at the pool, but finding one that’s open won’t be easy. Traditionally, area pools and water parks open Memorial Day weekend, some will meet that timeline, but it may be a while before they can adhere to a regular, Monday through Friday schedule. That’s because the majority of the people who work at the pools are students, and they’re still in school… making up snow days. “It would actually cost us more if we […]

  • Capture

    DREAMER ACADEMY: New Program At Findley

    For nearly 25 years the Des Moines “I Have A Dream” Foundation has helped students get from elementary school to high school graduation, but this year the foundation is trying something new. Instead of adopting a class of 50 students, it’s adopting a whole school. Starting this fall all students at Findley Elementary will be a part of the Dreamer Academy. So far the Academy has raised nearly $400,000 for the project and Thursday the Community Foundation of Greater Des […]


    This isn’t your typical gang on two wheels. It started as a whim, but now they’re unstoppable. Cathy Merritt and Wendy Hanson were born ready to ride. “We put our helmets on and just sat in a chair here and waited for the truck to drive up with the scooters,” said Wendy. Three years later, they now go by the name of BABs. “It’s just the name that we gave ourselves when we got our scooters, just for fun,” said […]

  • panorama

    TORNADO CLEANUP: Lake Preparing For Holiday Weekend

    The Memorial Day weekend usually kicks off the summer boating season at Lake Panorama. But officials say this weekend will be different thanks to a streak of bad weather. An EF-2 tornado blew through Lake Panorama a little more than a week ago. No one was seriously injured, but it destroyed several homes and left a mess of the golf course. Public areas like parks, beaches, and roads should be cleaned up by the holiday weekend. But it`s not just […]

  • STRONG START: Iowa Speedway Season

    The Iowa Speedway kicks off its first weekend of the season at the now NASCAR owned Iowa Speedway. The main event, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is tomorrow afternoon, but plenty of fans are already celebrating what they say is a promising future for racing in Iowa. “When I first heard NASCAR was going to purchase the track I thought this is great, because that means the track is not going to die. That means that someone is really interested in […]

  • Capture

    NEW PLAYGROUND: Rotary Riverwalk Park Breaks Ground

    The Riverwalk along the Des Moines River will soon have something it’s been missing – a playground. The playground will be on the west side of the Des Moines River, next to the Center Street Bridge. On May 5th the Des Moines City Council approved construction of the Rotary Riverwalk Park and today Rotary club members celebrated breaking ground. Nine local rotary clubs are financing the $500,000 park. It will have a fishing theme, featuring an 80 foot-long fishing pole […]

  • Capture

    STORM DAMAGE: Dallas County Cleanup

    Dallas County residents say the storm hit hardest when they least expected it. Just seconds after the National Weather Service expired Dallas County`s warning residents say the wind kicked up knocking over barns, trees, and sheds. Dallas county emergency management officials say the storm impacted a square mile north of Dallas Center. The homeowners we spoke with today say their just grateful no one was injured and that their insurance will cover most of the damage.

  • Capture

    PARTNERSHIP: DMACC Teams Up With Des Moines Fire Department

    Des Moines Area Committee College and the Des Moines Fire Department are teaming up to offer a paramedic course for new fire fighters. Seven recruits are taking the course at the fire department`s training center. Starting in 2003, paramedic courses became a requirement for all new recruits. In the past, the department sent its firefighters to Mercy Medical Center for training. Officials say this new course at the fire department will help employees get more comfortable with the equipment, people, […]