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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
  • CHARITY CLIFF: Fears Cause Donations To Grow

    As the nation races toward the fiscal cliff, non-profits are poised to rake in record cash because if there`s one thing donors can depend on, it`s the certainty of today. Barry Griswell oversees the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.  It manages charitable accounts for more than a thousand donors who give to thousands of organizations.  Griswell says donors are fearful that tax hikes and spending cuts will crush the economy. So, he says many are donating as much as […]

  • THREE MINUTES: Pastor Mike Housholder

    Every week Channel 13’s Dan Winters puts politicians and other news makers in the hot seat to get answers to the tough questions. This week he talks with Pastor Mike Housholder about life’s questions for Three Minutes in the Chair. Pastor Mike leads the Lutheran Church of Hope and the 10,000 people who worship at its locations across the metro each weekend.

  • UNLIKELY AUTHOR: Kjrsten’s Story

    If a new story begins each time a child is born, then David and Ardeth Hoeksema`s daughter has lived chapters worth to brag about. Honor student, traveler, volleyball player, class vice president and though adolescence can be awkward, every girl should be so lucky as to have her father get struck by this notion… “I never want to forget those stories, so I sat down early January just to write `em and by the middle of March I was done,” […]

  • WINNING BIG: Kids Share Powerball Dreams

    The 21 year old age requirement for Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot isn’t stopping the 1st graders at Edmunds Academy in Des Moines from dreaming.

  • SILENT KILLER: Radon In Iowa Schools And Homes

    You send your children to school, assuming they will be reasonably safe.  So, why is a middle school principal on a mission to warn all parents about a potential health hazard to Iowa students? It sounds outrageous, that something could be killing you or your loved one over a period of years.  It’s not something solid that you can remove or contain like mold or asbestos.  But experts agree, people can make a building safe, even though they’re not required […]

  • THREE MINUTES: John Bachman

    Retiring Channel 13 anchor John Bachman sits down with Dan Winters for three minutes in the chair.

  • 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 […]


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