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.
Former Marksville Deputy Marshal Norris Greenhouse Jr. has been released from prison after serving only 21 months of a 90-month sentence for his involvement in a shooting that left a 6 year old boy dead.
A West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has indicted two former Brusly police officers, Anthony “Kip” Dupre and Dan Cipriano, for the actions they took during the arrest of a 14-year-old student at Brusly Middle School.
WAFB's 9News Investigators obtained leaked footage from Brusly Middle School that shows a police officer place a student in a choke-hold, then slam him to the ground twice as staff members anxiously pace behind a desk. Two officers resigned, and the case is under investigation by state authorities.