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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
  • COMING TOGETHER: Divided Power

    Based on the vote, Iowans want to keep the two parties’ power divided. The question is what can lawmakers, and the governor, do in this situation? Channel 13′s Dan Winters explains.

  • THREE MINUTES: Jake Knott

    Iowa State football player Jake Knott spends three minutes in the chair with Dan Winters.

  • THREE MINUTES: Matt Schultz

    Iowa Secretary of State, Republican Matt Schultz, sits down with Dan Winters for three minutes in the chair. CLARIFICATION:  It is possible that the particular group  of non-citizens referred to in this clip became legal citizens before registering to vote.

  • Mihalovich

    DAY AFTER: Mihalovich Responds To Accusations

    Former Lincoln High School Head Football Coach Tom Mihalovich responded to the accusations against him, just hours after the Des Moines School Board voted four-to-two to fire Mihalovich. An internal investigation determined that Mihalovich used corporal punishment to discipline a player for criticizing the team online.  In this case, corporal punishment meant requiring the player to run for a half-hour. Mihalovich contends that most coaches, even in other sports, use running as a form of punishment. Mihalovich was asked, if […]

  • Evelyn Miller Grandparents

    NOTICEABLY ABSENT: Grandparents Speak

    Some of the most touching statements made Thursday came from Evelyn Miller’s paternal grandparents. It was heartbreaking to listen to Richard and Linda Christie describe their granddaughter, the way they remember her, and how Thursday marks a new beginning. Linda Christie told reporters, “She would still be there with that beautiful smile, loving everyone around her.” She added, “She needs justice.  She was an innocent little girl.  She deserves that… I want him prosecuted and in prison for life.  Let […]

  • Broadband

    BROADBAND BATTLE: Rural Iowa Service At Stake

    Baxter — The drought and lack of a farm bill aren’t the only things impacting Rural Iowa.  There is a battle over broadband internet service.  Specifically, how should the Federal Government use tax dollars to subsidize companies that expand broadband? Small telephone carriers, like Partner Communications Cooperative, serve rural areas like the town of Baxter and Rural Jasper County.  Partner used to receive subsidies to pay off government loans that it took out to expand services.  Now, The Federal Communications […]

  • Anderson Erickson

    AE CONTRACT: Health Care A Concern

    300 members of The Teamsters Union, Local 120 are at odds with Anderson Erickson Dairy over a the lack of a new contract.  The dispute centers on health care costs.  The previous contract expired in March, 2012.  The current situation and the company’s recent proposal have led to fear and uncertainty among many employees.  When asked, “Will workers strike within the next week?” union representative Mike Klootwyk said, “I don’t know.  I hope not.  (A strike) is a last resort.” […]

  • Sex Offender Registry

    GUT FEELING: Missing Children Expert Fears Worst

    Thursday will mark six weeks since two girls were last seen riding their bicycles in the town of Evansdale.  Today, a leading expert on missing children and sex offenders shared what he thinks happened to Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.  “My gut feeling:  I think there’s an offender out there.  I think these girls were taken.  I think it may be an acquaintance of the family,” said Derek VanLuchene. VanLuchene put on a seminar Wednesday for law enforcement officers from […]

  • Traffic Camera Debate

    DOUBLE STANDARD: Who Benefitted From Free Passes

    By releasing more than 80 documents to Channel 13 News, Des Moines police revealed that a policy meant to protect emergency responders...

  • Unemployment

    UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: Candidates Debate

    The national unemployment rate stands at 8.3%.  It has been above 8% for nearly three-and-a-half years.  For African-Americans, the jobs picture is even worse with 14.4% unemployment. When asked, “If that number goes up or down, will that affect for whom you will vote for president?”  Manya Petty said, “That’s a tough question.”  Petty worked in the insurance industry in Des Moines for 14 years before she was laid off two years ago.  She decided to pursue a college degree, […]

  • Traffic Cameras

    DOUBLE STANDARD: Many Citations Never Issued

    DES MOINES – A spokesperson for the Des Moines Police Department confirmed that more than 75 automated speed and red light camera citations were never issued to various government entities.  They include cities, The State of Iowa, local school districts, and The Federal Government.  At $65, each, the fines would have totaled more than $4,800. The unfair practice was uncovered by an open records request made by Channel 13 News.  The request covered citations given to vehicles registered to the […]

  • DOUBLE STANDARD: City Employees Exempt

      DES MOINES —  Just when people are accepting Des Moines’ traffic cameras as just another part of daily life, we explain to them how the citations really work; many city employees don’t have to pay the fine when they break the law while driving a vehicle that’s registered to the City of Des Moines. “I don’t feel that’s fair,” said Kate Gotschall.  Tim Schoh wondered, “So, could (someone from the city) just give me a stern talking to, then?” […]