Kiran Chawla

Kiran Chawla


Baton Rouge, La.

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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  • AP Newsperson of the Year (2017)
  • National IRE Award Finalist - B.R.A.V.E. Grant Series
  • 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 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)


  • Loyola University New Orleans: Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Criminal Justice

Recent Articles by Kiran

  KIRAN: Former Iberville Oaks employee, woman who quit job to care for ailing mother speak about facility’s poor conditions

KIRAN: Attorney General’s Office takes over Clinton mayor, former chief criminal cases

  Watson: American flag raised, welcome sign unveiled on Fourth of July

  THE INVESTIGATORS: La. Dept. of Health’s records show several violations at Iberville nursing home

  KIRAN: Alleged neglect at a Louisiana nursing home

Community rallies to help widow bury Army veteran husband

  KIRAN: Marksville deputy marshal released after serving a third of his sentence

  Right place at the right time: Truck driver pulls teen out of fiery crash, saving his life

  St. Amant couple moves into new trailer thanks to community donations after losing home in ’16 flooding

KIRAN: Check from brother of WBR Sheriff written out to same inmate who worked at sheriff’s home

  KIRAN: Sheriff Cazes says ‘I made a mistake. I’m sorry.’ on interrogation tape

  Despite ripped out sheet rock and flooring, Walker City Hall open for business

  Abandoned dog provides second chance to deputy shot in line of duty

  Some Walker residents flood for a second time after 2016

  Second suspect in shooting death of Plaquemine 14 year old turns himself in

  West Baton Rouge LA 415 connector soon to be reality along with other infrastructure projects

  2 arrested after attempted shooting caught on video

  Louisiana principal resigns after being arrested at strip club while on school field trip

Farmer moves cattle out of direct path of Morganza Spillway floodwaters

  Parking lot near LSU campus closed as school officials monitor issues related to river levels

  Opening of Morganza Spillway will likely force abrupt end to crawfish season

Homes turn into islands in lower St. Martin Parish due to record-breaking flooding

  President Trump sends birthday letter to 100-year-old woman in Denham Springs

  KIRAN: Former state fire marshal inspector convicted, sentenced

Walker police officer injured in motorcycle wreck

  Laine Hardy returns to alma mater, French Settlement High, for special pep rally

  Amite River inches from getting into Fred’s on the River

  Woman walks across Southern University stage to get diploma despite having multiple sclerosis

  Combined reward up to $17,500 offered for information on murder of 14-year-old Plaquemine teen

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Seersucker suits have their roots in Louisiana