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).
An inmate sentenced to a combined 60 years in prison for attempted murder and theft walked off a job site Monday, Aug. 26, and the incident has left many asking why that man was a trustee to begin with. The 9News Investigators went looking for answers.
It could be a minor thunderstorm, but it’s enough to cause anxiety. In fact, it’s so bad for some people, they leave sandbags in place all the time. So what’s causing this? The flooding problem is a complicated one and there’s more than meets the eye.
Does the Baton Rouge Police Department track the number of shootings that happen in the city? It has become the question with multiple answers. BRPD says it hasn’t always kept track, but it does now. A former statistician for the department says it does.
Fortunately, Hurricane Barry did not deliver the punch it initially threatened, but that didn’t keep many in Livingston Parish from worrying about the wall along I-12. Improved designs in the wall barricade are now part of a federal law.
Instead of East Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla prosecuting the cases of the Clinton mayor and former police chief, now, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office will take over instead.
Sources within the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office confirm it has now launched an investigation into Iberville Oaks Nursing & Rehab based off the allegations the 9News Investigators brought to light Tuesday, July 2.
After initially turning to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which will pay a percentage of the fees, Cook’s widow contacted members of the media and the community. Since then, numerous people, organizations, and the funeral home have stepped up to pitch in.
Former Marksville Deputy Marshal Norris Greenhouse Jr. has been released from prison after serving only 21 months of a 90-month sentence for his involvement in a shooting that left a 6 year old boy dead.
It was around 7 a.m. on June 27 on Highway 10 in East Feliciana Parish when Reonardo Frost, 17, was headed to work. While driving, he swerved to miss an animal on the roadway. The next second, his life flashed before him.
As part of a request submitted by the 9News Investigators for the entire case file, as well as the interrogation tapes, related to a Department of Corrections (DOC) investigation of West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes, investigators turned over a check dated Feb. 22, 2019 for $45.
Investigators interviewed West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes about a week after the 9News Investigators uncovered an inmate doing private work at the sheriff’s home. The WAFB 9News Investigators requested the entire case file, as well as the interrogation tapes.