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).
The Denham Springs marshal, Joe Shumate, is very well-known not only in Livingston Parish, but also to much of the law enforcement community, so this one did hit home for many people. Shumate says he’s hoping people will listen that coronavirus is real.
The biggest goal of the masks is to cover your nose and mouth or to even protect you from others, but do these homemade masks meet the guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday, March 18 the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge would delay collecting local sales tax returns for February and March 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.
A woman accused of rape in an alleged incident with Dennis Perkins appeared in court Friday, Feb. 7 to ask that she be able to leave the state due to alleged threats made against her. A judge denied that request Friday, only allowing her to leave Livingston Parish.
A lawsuit filed in the 19th Judicial District Court claims a woman formerly employed in the office of East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn was allegedly the victim of retaliation after reporting sexual harassment.