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

LSP lieutenant demoted amid hazing scandal

KIRAN: Zachary school teacher bonds out of jail after being accused of sexual misconduct

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

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

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

KIRAN: LSP troopers identified in alleged hazing scandal

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

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

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

Under Max Gruver Act, hazing now considered a felony

KIRAN: Marksville deputy marshal released after serving a third of his sentence

Second suspect in shooting death of Plaquemine 14 year old turns himself in

Family in desperate need of help after losing everything in fire

Judge rules accused serial killer competent to assist legal counsel

KIRAN: Sex offender found working at home of West Baton Rouge sheriff

Parish officials looking for source of crude oil dumped in canal

Police: Woman escapes kidnapping by man posing as rideshare driver

  Man sentenced to life for two murders could be granted parole by governor

Grand jury indicts 2 former officers caught on video slamming teen to ground

Suspect from 25-year-old murder case dies in jail awaiting trial

Leaked video shows violent struggle as officer says student grabbed for gun

Former LSU WR Drake Davis charged with porn involving juveniles

Cajun Navy to deliver donations to Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence