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13 Fascinating Facts about Me:

1) I was raised right here in Des Moines, graduating from Southeast Polk high school. Onward Rams!

2) I have a wonderful cat named Meeko who is named after the Minnesota Wild’s Captain Mikko Koivu. Go Wild!

3) I danced competitively my whole life with Becky Nalevanko’s Dance Studio and the Southeast Polk RhythAMetteS…but I still can’t floss very well.

4) I am a born and raised Green Bay Packers fan. My brother and I didn’t have much of a choice; in fact, he was named after Brett Favre. But I’m not complaining. GO PACK GO!

5) I was born in Champaign, IL in the middle of a tornado. That’s why to this day I believe I’m terrified of them.

6) I am named after my mother’s maiden name. When I was younger, I couldn’t comprehend why my uncle’s last name was my first name.

7) My mom, dad, and brother are the only blood relatives I have. Both of my parents were adopted, but thanks to DNA tests I now know I’m mostly German.

8) Broadcasting is in my blood. My dad is a vice president of programming and programming director for a radio station in Atlanta, GA, my mom is a radio salesperson for iHeart Media in Des Moines, and my brother is also going to school for communications.

9) My career in broadcasting started pretty young. At just five years old I introduced Sesame Street Live on stage with my dad at the Civic Center in Des Moines.

10) I’ve wanted to work for WHO ever since Erin Kiernan interviewed me back in my senior year of high school for a story on an amazing girl and teammate who battled cancer. #TeamKelsey

11) My three favorite memories so far in my young journalism career are covering Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, interviewing Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer and trying on his Super Bowl II (Ice Bowl) ring, and getting put in a crossface chicken wing by former WWE wrestler Bob Backlund on camera.

12) I graduated with a double major and certificate in just three years at the University of Iowa. That is why coffee and I are best friends.

13) I have an obsession with owls. I can thank being a member of Chi Omega Sorority for that.

Multimedia Journalist, Whitney Blakemore, joined the Channel 13 news team in October of 2018 after spending three years in North Iowa and Southern Minnesota working for the CBS affiliate KIMT News 3 as a Weekend Sports Anchor. During her time at KIMT in Mason City she covered everything sports from high school Friday night football, to Super Bowl LII.

Whitney earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and Sports Studies, along with a coaching authorization at the University of Iowa. She kept herself busy at Iowa, graduating in just three years total while also working for the Daily Iowan TV, Big Ten Network Student U, and interning at multiple stations including KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids and 680 The Fan in Atlanta, GA.

Broadcasting has always been in her blood. Both of her parents work in radio. Her mother works for iHeartMedia in Des Moines which owns eight stations in the metro including 1460 KXNO, KISS 107.5 FM, and News Radio 1040 WHO. Her father is the Vice President of Programming for Salem Media in Atlanta, GA, and funny enough, used to work in the very building where WHO-HD now resides as a program director for their sister radio stations.

Whitney is thrilled to be back home, growing up in Altoona, IA since the age of five. She’s very excited to make the transition to news (while still helping out with sports) and cover topics Iowans care about most.

Recent Articles
  • Mailboxes Breaking Due to Amount of Snow and Snow Plows

    URBANDALE, Iowa — All of this snow is taking its toll on neighborhood mailboxes. Mail carriers are trekking through some of the thickest of snow, and those in mail trucks are having trouble reaching the mailboxes. The City of Urbandale says these are not the only problems. Snow is starting to pile up to the top of mailboxes, which puts a lot of pressure and weight on the posts, causing them to snap. “It’s not uncommon. [When] we have a […]

  • Dedicated Mail Carriers Trek Through Predicted Record Amount of Snow

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  • Des Moines Residents and Garbage Collection Struggle With Massive Amount of Snow

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a place to put all the snow. It’s filling up front yards, driveways, and spilling into the streets, which means the place where you used to park your trash bin is now non-existent. “If the trash can is not full we just wait until next week, then we struggle with finding a place to put it on the curb and piling it on top of the snow bank,” […]

  • Snow Impacting Local Businesses

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Business for snow removal companies is booming because of our recent snow storms, but other businesses are suffering because of it. Businesses in the downtown area that depend on foot traffic are not seeing a lot of it recently with the cold and snow. The skywalks help, but not a whole lot. Still, people are itching to get out and do something. Places like The Copper Cup, with their underground set-up, say they saw their busiest […]

  • UPDATE: Police Locate Missing 75-Year-Old Woman With Dementia

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A 75 year-old woman reported missing from Des Moines has been found. Police say they found Lynn Crenshaw in Louisa County. Des Moines Police asked for the public’s help in finding Crenshaw on Sunday. She has dementia.  Crenshaw was last seen around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. She left the 7400 block of SE 23rd Street in Des Moines driving a 2013 gray Chevy Sonic. Police say Crenshaw will receive a medical examination as a precaution, but she […]

  • New Whiz Kid Academy Claims to ‘Combat the Weaknesses of Common Core’

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Just weeks ago, Florida’s governor announced an executive order to eliminate common core in his state’s education. Here in Iowa, a veteran educator is working to “combat the weaknesses of common core” on her own. After 25 years working as an instructor in a fully accredited preschool and kindergarten classroom, Judy Hintz is offering a different way of education. “We were the only independent preschool and kindergarten to be credited in the entire history of […]

  • Cumming Could Quadruple in Size With Iowa’s First ‘Agrihood’

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  • The Show Must Go On: Ankeny High School Cancels LGBTQ-Based Musical, Then Reinstates

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  • Meet the Influencers: How Des Moines Metro Citizens are Making Social Media Their Career

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The world of marketing and advertising is ever changing. Companies are constantly searching for new ideas and new ways to reach clients. If you live in Los Angeles or New York, or watched the documentaries on the Fyre Festival, you probably already know about this wave of social media influencing. But this new way of marketing and making a living is just starting to boom in Iowa. Channel 13’s Whitney Blakemore sat down with local influencers […]

  • Marshalltown Plant Having to Find Another Home Due to Building Conditions Following Tornado

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  • Sen. Cory Booker Speaks of Unity in Des Moines During Campaign Stop

    DES MOINES, Iowa — About 500 Democrats filled the Des Moines Social Club Saturday afternoon to hear Sen. Cory Booker speak, a 2020 presidential candidate who has family from this very state. “As much as my story is all about New Jersey, the reality is my roots are right here in Des Moines,” Booker said. The senator spoke on housing inequality and health care for all, but his main point of focus in Des Moines was about coming together over […]

  • How to be Prepared For a Bank Outage Like Wells Fargo’s

    DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 24 hours after a power outage at a data center, Wells Fargo says all services should be restored to customers. Even if you are not one of the millions of customers who could not access their Wells Fargo accounts, there could be a time when your bank experiences a tech failure. That’s why a local financial planner says you should always have a Plan B. “Having cash on hand or having a credit card […]

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