Kiran Chawla

Kiran Chawla is WAFB’s Lead Investigative Reporter. She’s won numerous awards for her investigations including Edward R. Murrows, Emmys, Associated Press and Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. In 2018, she was named Louisiana’s Newsperson of the Year by the Associated Press.

Kiran graduated from Loyola University New Orleans majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Criminal Justice. She was born in Jackson, MS and moved to Louisiana at a young age and has called La home ever since.

Kiran got into television when she was in high school saying she truly enjoys making a difference in the community be it through her investigations or getting someone back in their flooded home.

She’s been on the front lines of covering numerous hurricanes including Katrina, the BP oil spill, the protests in BR after Alton Sterling’s death, the ambush on law enforcement and the historic 2016 flood in Baton Rouge just to name a few.

Kiran has worked in news in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson, MS.

In her spare time, you will most likely find a paintbrush in her hands or concocting a new recipe in her kitchen. She loves traveling, walking for miles to ensure she hits her 10,000 steps daily and reading a good book (a real book, not a Kindle).

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Recent Articles by Kiran

  More patients accuse Baton Rouge physical therapist of sexual abuse

  Accused serial killer pleads not guilty by reason of insanity; court motions move forward

  KIRAN: Watchdog says West Baton Rouge sheriff may have broken the law

  KIRAN: Sex offender found working at home of West Baton Rouge sheriff

  DOTD to start traffic mitigation measures on LA 1 during joint replacement project

  BRPD investigating reported claims of attempted kidnappings

  Crawfish season well underway despite high prices

  Parish officials looking for source of crude oil dumped in canal

  Police: Woman escapes kidnapping by man posing as rideshare driver

  Man accused of murder less than 3 months after being released from prison

  KIRAN: Decision to appoint fiscal administrator for Town of Clinton postponed

  Castle doctrine may be applied in case of Ascension home invasion shooting

  Denham Springs to consider ordinance to allow microbrewery

  Elderly couple surprised to walk into repaired home damaged in 2016 flooding

  7-year-old boy pays his respects to fallen officer, attends funeral

  Marine returns Vietnam veteran’s washed up headstone to family

  Assumption High teacher accused of inappropriate behavior with student

  Man sentenced to life for two murders could be granted parole by governor

  Drago’s coming to Baton Rouge? It looks like it.

  Crime Stoppers offers up to $5k for suspect on the run for 12 years