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

  2 EBR inmates test positive for COVID-19; wing of prison quarantined

  Denham Springs marshal pleads for people to stay home after being hospitalized with coronavirus in both lungs

  3 more contractors at Dow Chemical in Plaquemine test positive for COVID-19

  Community steps up, makes hundreds of homemade face masks

  Livingston Parish reports first coronavirus case

  Baton Rouge retirement facility St. James Place discloses coronavirus case

  Mayor announces measures to help local businesses in EBR affected by pandemic

  KIRAN: Grand jury indicts Melanie Curtin in connection with Dennis Perkins rape case; Curtin pleads not guilty

  Thousands of revelers attend Mardi Gras Day parade in New Roads

  KIRAN: Arrest warrant reveals disturbing details about Zachary school teacher’s relationship with teen

  KIRAN: Video shows Livingston Parish deputy’s deadly off-duty confrontation

  30th year for Attic, Trash, and Treasure sale to donate proceeds to non-profits

  LSP lieutenant demoted amid hazing scandal

  Zachary police address social media outcry of investigation into teacher accused of having sex with student

  KIRAN: Judge rules woman accused in connection with Dennis Perkins case cannot leave state

  KIRAN: Bail bonds company puts up commercial surety to bond out Melanie Curtin

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Bond set for third person arrested in Dennis Perkins case

  Drago’s to host grand opening Monday

  KIRAN: LSP denies interviews with graduating troopers to avoid subject of alleged cheating, hazing scandal

  KIRAN: Former councilman calls for EBR Clerk of Court Doug Welborn to resign

  KIRAN: Multiple former employees claim they were retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment at EBR Clerk of Court’s Office, one by clerk of court himself

  KIRAN: Forms showing where La. judges make their income, potential conflicts of interest made available online

  Thousands volunteer by picking up trash, painting murals for MLK Walls Project

  KIRAN: La. Supreme Court suspends BR attorney arrested on felony charges

  The Advocate selling extra copies, special edition posters after LSU’s national championship win

  Baton Rouge bakeries cranking out purple and gold treats for National Championship

  Assessing the Assessors: $631 per month to insure one truck

  Assessing the Assessors: Local employees staying at BR hotel on your dime

  Firefighter arrested for damaging firetruck while reportedly intoxicated

  Dennis Perkins, wife plead not guilty to 150 felony counts of various child sex abuse charges