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

  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

  Drago’s to open Baton Rouge location in February

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

  Viral fans given tickets to Saints-Colts game

3 wanted for allegedly cashing over $2,300 in fake payroll checks

  KIRAN: Police officer accused of double-dipping payroll hours during movie production in Clinton

  KIRAN: Baton Rouge attorney turns himself in on criminal charges

  KIRAN: LSP troopers identified in alleged hazing scandal

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: FedEx employee accused of stealing a package while delivering another

  Wife donates kidney to her husband, making it an extra special Thanksgiving

  Scout volunteer held on $50 million bond for pornography involving juveniles; Boy Scouts of America releases statement

  Is public safety in Port Allen at risk?

  KIRAN: Sheriff’s office launches investigation after 9News report into fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

  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