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).
A group that provides resources to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is demanding the Louisiana Attorney General’s office launch an official investigation into their allegations and address statute of limitations concerns.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard is defending himself, as well as the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO), when it comes to Dennis Perkins, who is facing numerous child porn and child rape charges.
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.