13 Fascinating Facts About Dan Winters

1. My dog’s name is Paul Harvey.
2. I have lived in six towns in Iowa.
3. I can recite every word of the movie, “Christmas Vacation.”
4. Ketchup should be its own food group.
5. @danwinters
6. I have a crippling fear of snakes.
7. My family used to own the oldest hardware store in Iowa.
8. facebook.com/danwinters13
9. I was president of my fraternity.
10. I’ve never voted a straight ticket.
11. I volunteer at a local youth shelter.
12. I had dental bonding to fill the big gap in my front teeth.
13. Have you seen my keys…or my wallet?

Dan Winters co-anchors Channel 13 News at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. Dan is an award-winning investigative reporter who came to WHO-HD nine years ago as a weekend morning anchor/reporter. Dan was born on a farm near Chariton, IA. He has lived in Marengo, Sioux City, Clarinda, Ames, and now The Des Moines Metro. He began his broadcasting career at age 16 at KMA Radio in Shenandoah, IA. After high school, he worked full-time as a news anchor/editor for KPRC, the CBS Radio affiliate, in Houston, TX. Dan earned an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. While in college, he worked as a reporter for KCCI-TV, covering the VEISHEA riot of 2004. Later that year, Dan was awarded “First Place TV Reporting” at the 2004 Hearst Journalism Awards Championship in San Francisco.

Dan interviewed President Barack Obama and reported on his campaign during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. His award-winning investigations have resulted in public policy changes. “I really love what I do, and I hope that comes through when people watch,” said Dan. “I feel blessed to get to work alongside Erin, Ed, Keith and all of the talented people behind the scenes each night.” Dan volunteers with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) and hosts fundraisers for various charities. He doesn’t let the fact he’s a lousy golfer stop him from trying.

Recent Articles
  • THREE MINUTES: Sen. Mark Chelgren

    This week should be much calmer in the Iowa Senate. Senators Mark Chelgren and Tom Courtney sparred over Chelgren’s accusation that Courtney told people to withhold information from Chelgren. Chelgren discussed the incident, spending Three Minutes in the Chair with Channel 13’s Dan Winters.

  • FINANCIAL LITERACY: Push For More Education

    During his Condition of the State address, Governor Branstad praised a financial education course for freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa. He gave it credit for reducing the amount of debt students carry when they graduate. The average Regents institution grad owes $27,000. Some people say students should know everything they need to know about money before they graduate from high school. For nine years, State Representative Dawn Pettingill has been pushing the same bill. Spurred on by the […]

  • THREE MINUTES: Former DHS Head Kevin Concannon

    The Iowa Supreme Court will hear Gov. Terry Branstad`s arguments for why he should be allowed to close the State Juvenile Home in Toledo. Now the man who used to oversee the home is speaking out. Kevin Concannon is the U.S. Agriculture Department`s Undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services. He served as Iowa DHS director under Gov. Tom Vilsack. Our Dan Winters caught up with Concannon, when he came back to Iowa to give a lecture at Simpson College.

  • CHECK SCAM: Metro Craigslist Ad A Con

    A scam is taking advantage of people looking to earn extra cash over the holidays. Scam artists know money can be tight for many families this time of year and Wednesday a Des Moines woman nearly became their newest victim. Sherry Kepner answered a Craigslist ad for help wanted, last week. The employer promised to pay $400-per week for work as a packager and labeler. Sherry never met the employer. Through a series of emails, she was eventually asked to […]

  • THREE MINUTES: Director Of Drug Control Policy Steve Lukan

    There is a push among some Democrats in the Iowa legislature to legalize medical marijuana. Channel 13’s Dan Winters sits down for Three Minutes in the Chair with the man whose job it is to keep Iowans off drugs – Steve Lukan, Director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy.

  • SURPRISE RIDE: 16 Local Businesses Help Marine

    Des Moines — July 27, 2010 was the day Lance Cpl. Brandon Carroll’s life changed forever. “The bullet that went through me came out my chest and went through the buddy that I was carrying, went through his arm pit and across his chest and out.  From that point on it’s kind of a blur what really happened,” Carroll recalled. It happened during Carroll’s first tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Seven of his fellow Marines were killed.  Less than a […]

  • BUCKET LIST: Nursing Home Fulfilling Dreams

    Carroll, IA – Nearly 32,000 Iowans live in nearly 450 nursing homes.  While it’s the last place most of those people will ever call “home,” it’s the beginning of an adventure for many of the residents at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll. “Boy!  This`ll surely give the residents something to talk about.” said 92-year-old Louie Stork, as he was loaded onto a bus for a special field trip.  “He is very excited about this.  This is a really fun […]

  • FINALLY SMILING: Over 800 Get Free Dental Care

    An uncomfortable night in the cold finally brought comfort to hundreds of Iowans, Friday. Their tooth pain is no more. The offer of free dental care attracted residents from across Iowa to the State Fairgrounds where more than 100 dentists volunteered their time to help people who desperately needed it. “I had six teeth broken off in the gums and they had to dig `em out.  But it`s really been a really good thing,” says Rinda Faulkner. She drove two […]

  • HOT WATER: Fire Marshal ‘Insults’ Firefighters

    The state Fire Marshal is in hot water over words he recently used to describe many of the firefighters he leads. Members of the Des Moines firefighters union are now demanding an apology. They`re upset over a column written by Ray Reynolds In July`s issue of the Iowa Firefighter Magazine. Travis Hurley is still scratching his head over the article where Reynolds calls out city firefighters for not volunteering their time on the weekend to install smoke detectors. Reynolds wrote, […]

  • JUVENILE CARE: State And Non-Profit Costs Compared

    Governor Branstad signed an executive order, Tuesday restricting the use of isolation rooms at the Iowa Juvenile Home. Branstad assigned a task force to recommend changes to the way state facilities care for children and teenagers. Some of them are victims of abuse, some are criminals and some suffer from mental illness but they all have one thing in common:  they don’t have the option of living at home. There can be a big discrepancy in what it costs the […]

  • DRAKE ARCHIVE: Gov. Ray Shares Papers

    Former governor’s papers will be loaned to his alma mater. Drake University charged with digitizing them. Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said it’s a perfect match.  The official papers from Iowa’s former governor, Robert D. Ray, are heading to the institution that he attended and later served as president.  In turn, Drake University will painstakingly digitize those papers and share them with the world. Cownie, Gov. Terry Branstad, and Drake University President David Maxwell announced the unprecedented partnership […]

  • ’93 FLOODS: Turning Hindsight Into Foresight

    The floods of `93 were the largest natural disaster the US had ever seen until Hurricane Katrina. The Nightly News broadcast on July 14th 1993 came live from Des Moines, “The great floods of 1993 are beginning to look like a war zone as Des Moines tries desperately to repair its water supply system and President Clinton tours the devastated areas.” 20 years worth of hindsight should clarify any situation.  But if you`re not careful too much hindsight can give […]