Kiran Chawla

WAFB 9News Investigators Lead Investigative Reporter

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

Arrived in Baton Rouge: September 2010

Education: Loyola University New Orleans graduate majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Criminal Justice

Hobbies: Traveling the world, cooking, working out, long walks, arts & crafts

Big Stories Covered: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's questionable BRAVE contracts, Hurricane Harvey in TX, Protests of Alton Sterling's death, Ambush on BR law enforcement, August 2016 flood, Fallen Officer Matthew Gerald's baby's birth, fallen officers national memorial in D.C., Latter & Blum properties, Classrooms of Fear, Battling Bullying, Baton Rouge Police Chief termination, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac, Louisiana's post-Katrina home elevation program, Powerhouse gym, LSU's former quarterback Jordan Jefferson arrested on drug charges, 2011 Mississippi River rising, the Gulf oil spill, the 2008 presidential election, and OF COURSE Super Bowl XLIV!!!

Investigations & Changes:

  • EBR Mayor's B.R.A.V.E. Contracts: all contracts suspended and Legislative Auditor launched investigation
  • 18th JDC Judge Robin Free: Judicial Commission launched investigation and judge announced early retirement
  • 18th JDC Judge James Best: Supreme Court suspended judge for 15 days
  • Latter & Blum properties: launched State Fire Marshal investigation and Latter & Blum corrected their deficiencies
  • Classrooms of Fear: EBR Superintendent and teacher's union came up with plan to reduce violence in classrooms
  • A1 Autoplex Used Car Dealership: dealer arrested and dealership shut down
  • Brusly Police Chief: resigned amid investigation
  • Annexation for BRPD: suit filed putting annexation on hold and reversing any transfers for BRPD to Mall of Louisiana
  • Livonia Sex Offender Special Treatment: convicted sex offender's reduced probation reinstated to serve full sentence
  • Powerhouse gym: investigations launched and gym shut down
  • Zachary Public Cemetery: future burials prohibited and lawsuits launched against cemetery
  • Zachary gas utility board: two board members fired
  • Gonzales Police officers speeding: oral reprimand by counseling
  • BRPD Officer's summons: investigation launched and officer re-assigned
  • State document look-alikes: investigation launched

Awards: Edward R. Murrow Investigative series "Deadly Violation" (2016); Edward R. Murrow News Series "Kim's Foreshadow" (2017); Edward R. Murrow Hard News "Kim's Foreshadow" (2017); Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Video "Kim's Foreshadow" (2017); Emmy Award for Investigative series "Classrooms of Fear"; Women in Media's Excellence in On-Air Broadcasting; Emmy Nominated General Assignment Reporting: Operation 420 (2016); Emmy Nominated Continuing Coverage: Tragedy in Marksville (2016); Emmy Nominated Crime: Overruled (2016); Emmy Nominated Politics/Government: Good Ole' Boys (2016); Emmy Nominated Investigative Reporting: Paid in Prison (2012); AP Best Documentary: Kim's Foreshadow 2016 (1st place); AP Best Breaking News: Iberville Arrest 2015 (1st place); AP Best In-Depth Series: A1 Autoplex 2013 (3rd place); LA Newsperson of the year 2016 (2nd place); AP Reporter of the Year 2011 (2nd place); AP Reporter of the Year 2012 (3rd place); AP Reporter of the year 2013 (3rd place)

Favorite Quote/Words to live by: "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow isn't here yet. Enjoy today as if it's your last day because this moment won't come back" ~ Kiran