Jackie Schmillen was born and raised in Cherokee, Iowa. Jackie attended and graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. After completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami, she began her career in theater touring the country in various musical productions. When Jackie made her way back to Iowa, she entered the world of television. Before making her move to CW Iowa Live, Jackie lived in Sioux City and was a traffic reporter for the CBS affiliate in Des Moines. Today, Jackie co-anchors CW Iowa Live, every week on KCWI-channel 23.
In 2013, she was awarded, "Celebrity of the Year" for raising the most money and awareness during the Man & Women Competition with LLS of Central Iowa.
Jackie resides in West Des Moines, with her favorite fur balls, Tink and Eddy. Some of Jackie's favorite things to do include finding ways to volunteer and be more active in the community. She likes to shop and support Local, and loves getting artsy whenever she can! Jackie is always looking for new in beauty and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. trends
In Jackie's spare time she loves to go to the movies, get a massage, along with attending concerts, sporting events, and theatrical programs.
Quick Answers straight from Jackie
Favorite Holiday Food: "Homemade Christmas Cookies, especially my mom's Spritz Cookies"
Favorite Local Celebrity: "Lou Sipolt"
Favorite Holiday Movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"
Favorite Winter Activity: "Building a snowperson, and starting a good snowball war!"
Place you'll NEVER find me: "At a horror movie!"
If I wasn't in TV I would..: "be performing in musical theatre."
Who is your Number One Fan: "Hands down, my Mother!"
Lou Sipolt was born and raised in Chicago. As a child, Lou performed with his brothers as the World's Youngest Daredevils Stunt Driving Team. Growing up Lou had aspirations of becoming a Veterinarian, which brought him to Iowa, where he attended Cornell College, followed by Iowa State University. From 1985-2012, Lou was on the number one radio station, and then hosted the number one rated morning show for more than two decades, before the launch of CW Iowa Live in April of 2012. Today, Lou co-anchors CW Iowa Live, every week on KCWI-channel 23.
Lou is involved in many organizations in the community. He is a board member of the Blank Park Zoo, board member of Rock in Prevention, President of the Dirt Truck Racing Association, and is a huge advocate of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
Lou resides in Altoona, with his wife Kathy, along with Rufus, their Boston Terrier. If something Motorsports or ARL related is going on in town, you'll most likely see Lou there! Lou loves anything that involves speed, and DIY, including home improvements projects, and energy-saving ideas. You'll find him at your local dirt track on the weekends.
In Lou's spare time he likes to cook, race, travel, and garden when he can!
Quick Answers straight from Lou
Favorite Holiday Food: "My Mom's Stuffing!"
Favorite Local Celebrity: "Jackie!"
Favorite Holiday Movie: "A Christmas Story"
Favorite Winter Activity: "Getting ready for Race Season!"
Place you'll NEVER find me: "Yanni Concert (I prefer AC/DC or Judas Priest!)"
If I wasn't in TV I would..: "be involved in Motorsports"
Who is your Number One Fan: "BIG LOU! (Lou Senior)"