Kiran Chawla

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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Recent Articles by Kiran

BRPD investigating reported claims of attempted kidnappings

Parish officials looking for source of crude oil dumped in canal

Elderly couple surprised to walk into repaired home damaged in 2016 flooding

Assumption High teacher accused of inappropriate behavior with student

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

Crime Stoppers offers up to $5k for suspect on the run for 12 years

Denham Springs High wears red in honor of fallen classmate, 1 of 5 murdered over weekend

President Trump wishes Nick Tullier a speedy recovery with special gift

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

Dozens of inmates work to send $17k to their families for Christmas

Former Port Allen officer files suit against chief promoting officer because ‘God told him to’

Man falls victim to dating website scam with explicit photo

Five BRPD cops claimed over $100k in overtime to do office work

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

Suspect in Denham Springs couple’s murder fighting extradition

Person of interest identified after elderly couple killed in Denham Springs

French Settlement police chief arrested, charged with malfeasance in office

KIRAN: Police chief’s wife arrested while driving his patrol car

Kassie Federer’s parents speak out after DNA links man to daughter’s murder 19 years ago

Man arrested in Mexico after escaping from Louisiana jail 15 years ago