Kiran Chawla

Kiran Chawla

Reporter

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).

Contact Kiran via email at kchawla@wafb.com.

Awards:

  • 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)

Education:

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

Recent Articles by Kiran

  KIRAN: Court documents sealed in Perkins hearings possibly related to child victims, sources say

KIRAN: More than 50 children may have consumed sexually-contaminated cakes

  Former high-ranking deputy accused of sex crimes against children relocated for ‘safety reasons’

  Advocates rally for change to statute of limitations laws for victims of sexual abuse, investigation into abuse by Catholic priests

  KIRAN: Mother of young girl says she had no reason to come forward to file complaint on Dennis Perkins

  KIRAN: Thousands of dollars missing from fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

  KIRAN: Legislative Auditor launches investigation into Livingston tax assessor

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Message in a bottle from Louisiana found in Missouri

  KIRAN: Elected Livingston Parish official on the run turns himself in

  KIRAN: LSP Trooper tazed in traffic stop now fired

KIRAN: Ascension Parish deputy resigns amid investigation

  Laine Hardy sits down for interview with WAFB ahead of tour kickoff in Denham Springs

  Child says whisper from God pushed him to save drowning brother; deputy’s arrival minutes later ‘a miracle,’ family says

  KIRAN: Did a local assessor value homes based on whether he liked you?

  EBRSO looking for person who sprayed derogatory slurs on campaign signs

KIRAN: DOC explains why man sentenced to 60 years for attempted murder who walked off job site was allowed to be trustee

  KIRAN: La. Dept. of Health releases inspection results on Iberville Oaks nursing facility

  KIRAN: Baker officer’s employment reinstated after calling firearm law ‘B.S.’

  Why draining water out of neighborhoods isn’t a quick fix

How’s Donna?

  KIRAN: Search warrant on Josef Richardson reveals deputies were looking for drugs

  Many in Walker fear a thunderstorm will flood their homes

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Does BRPD track the number of non-fatal shootings in the city? Depends who you ask.

  Under Max Gruver Act, hazing now considered a felony

  3 Years Later: A day in the life of Nick Tullier

  New law requires interstate barriers have holes for drainage

  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