• Follow me on:

13 fascinating facts about Erik Wheater:
• I’m the local guy! I attended Crestview, Indian Hills, Valley Southwoods, Valley High School, and of course, Iowa State. I grew up watching WHO Channel 13 and it’s an honor to be working here.
• Speaking of Iowa State, I’m a Cyclones fanatic. If Iowa State football loses on Saturday, I don’t get over it until the following Wednesday. Nothing like a game day in Jack Trice or Hilton Coliseum.
• I was known as the “bow tie guy” at my last station in Monroe, Louisiana. I wore one on air during a weekend show, got a lot of positive feedback, and it just stuck.
• My handwriting is AWFUL. Some say I don’t know how to hold a pen, but after 20+ years of writing, the grip isn’t going to change.
• I didn’t own my first car until age 21. That car is still going strong!
• During senior year golf tryouts, I shot 78-74-99. Many of my teammates called me “Gretzky” that season, but it had nothing to do with my skill.
• I overuse condiments. Honey mustard, chipotle sauce, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing especially.
• I’ve been known to dress excessively in warm weather. Who says a fleece in 80 degree heat isn’t stylish?
• My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. A good friend and I can quote the movie in its entirety.
• Needles terrify me. I can’t even look when I get my finger pricked.
• I’ve been told I look like Rick Astley. He’s famous for the 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” A Halloween costume in 1980’s attire has been in the plans for years.
• While working in the south, I participated in “Louisiana Delta Dancing with the Stars.” I rocked a top hat and danced to “Steam Heat” in front of thousands.
• For having semi red hair, I tan surprisingly well. It may be a golfer’s tan, but it still counts in my mind.


Erik Wheater joined the Channel 13 news team in July of 2012 after spending two years as the weekend news anchor at KTVE, the NBC affiliate in West Monroe, Louisiana. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant to current ESPN anchor, Doug Kezirian at KTNV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Having grown up in Clive, Iowa, Erik brings local knowledge to WHO. He graduated from West Des Moines Valley High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Iowa State University. While at Iowa State University, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, an anchor for the student TV station, ISUtv, and an avid supporter of Cyclones athletics.
In his spare time, you can catch Erik on the golf course, spending way too much time on Facebook, or participating in trivia night at a number of central Iowa establishments, taking advantage of an endless bank of useless knowledge in hopes of earning a few dollars off his meal.
As a general assignment reporter, Erik covers a wide variety of topics for WHO Channel 13 News and always appreciates hearing from viewers. You can contact him by email at erik.wheater@whotv.com or by following him on Facebook or Twitter (@ErikWheaterWHO).

Recent Articles
  • drought

    DRY CONDITIONS: Cooler, Wetter Summer Ahead

    Iowa is slowly climbing out of two years of drought conditions. Rain last week helped, but about 30% of the state is dealing with moderate drought conditions. A cooler, wetter summer is expected and as farmers say, that’s good and bad for their crops. One look at Brian Sampson’s Huxley corn field and you’ll think to yourself, if his crops are going to be knee high by the 4th of July, they better get started fast. “We’d always like to have […]

  • 1_mug_Lee_Mark

    MANHUNT ENDS: Carroll Stabbing Suspect Arrested

    The man at the center of a day-long manhunt in Carroll has been found and arrested. Police say 25-year-old Christine Burtnett was stabbed by her boyfriend, 27-year-old Mark Lee at about 7 a.m. Friday at 1308 North Main Street. A neighbor told Channel 13 a woman covered in blood came to her house and pounded on the door asking for help. “She was bloodied, had dried blood all over her face. She was very hard to understand. She could hardly […]

  • CLIMATE CHANGE: Task Force To Meet Wednesday

    A presidential task force is calling upon local leaders for suggestions on how to address climate change. Local environmental experts gave presentations Tuesday at the World Food Prize on issues including water quality, wind energy, and disaster preparedness. The group also prepared a list of suggestions that will be given to the White House task force at a meeting Wednesday Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says Iowans will help federal leaders find ways to help cities better prepare for droughts, […]

  • tornado damage

    CLEANUP BEGINS: Tornado Devastates Panora Condos

    About eight condos and five homes suffered significant damage at Lake Panorama during severe storms Sunday night. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt. The EF2 tornado took a very narrow path just east of Lake Panorama tearing off roofs and ripping apart several homes on Lonna Drive. The homes are seasonal and many people had left for the weekend. “If you need a seat, one of our lawn chairs is right over there,” Mary June Jackson joked as she surveyed the […]

  • airport new terminal plan

    NEW TERMINAL: Airport Unveils $468m Plan

    Travelers are getting the opportunity Tuesday to peruse the proposed plans for a new terminal at the Des Moines International Airport. Airport officials say the current terminal building isn’t large enough and is outdated. It was built in 1948. “Our passenger traffic continues to increase and we’re courting the airlines trying to get additional flights and city pairs. This terminal is going to get stretched further and further,” airport executive director Kevin Foley said. By 2027, Foley anticipates hitting the […]

  • mason city

    $2M SHORTFALL: School May Cut Athletic Director

    A northern Iowa school district considered a controversial measure to cut its budget. The Mason City school district considered cutting the athletic director’s position after facing a $2-milion shortfall in funding. The school board met Monday evening to discuss the proposal and it was met with opposition. Cutting the position would save the CIML district around $100,000. “If you cut an AD you are telling the community sports aren’t important,” John Lee said. After heated debate, board members voted to […]

  • iowa juvenile home toledo

    BUDGET BILL: Juvenile Home Reopening Dropped

    Efforts to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home this session are now dead. State leaders say they will move forward with a Health and Human Services budget bill without a provision meant to reopen the facility. Earlier this month, the Senate added an amendment to reinstate programming at the home. But it was removed in order to pass the budget. Governor Branstad ordered the current home in Toledo to close in January following complaints about the use of isolation rooms. Democratic […]

  • STORM DAMAGE: Mahaska County Cleans Up

    In and around Oskaloosa, 60-70 MPH winds knocked down power lines and left behind a field of debris Sunday. Today, people were busy cleaning it all up. Outside of Jodie Stewart’s home in the small town of Beacon, insulation litters the grass and metal siding hangs from the power lines. “My yard was nice and pretty the other day,” said Stewart. Windows are shattered and the roof is replaced with a tarp held on by tires found in the yard. […]

  • FASHION FORWARD: Metro Startup Helping Men

    Des Moines isn’t the fashion capital of the world, but a local start-up company has been overwhelmed by the amount of men nationwide asking Iowans for a little help with their wardrobes. Derian Baugh, the CEO and founder of Men’s Style Lab has always offered fashion advice to friends, but now from this small Urbandale warehouse, he and a small team of stylists are helping men all over the country dress a little better. “I’ve always been a guy that’s […]

  • horse

    DERBY PRELUDE: Local Horse To Race

    This filly doesn’t train in Kentucky or Florida, the states best known for producing winners. Instead, she perfected her craft right here in central Iowa, training alongside a couple dozen horses at Prairie Meadows. “This is the stall sugar shock was at last summer while she was training in central Iowa before going to Kentucky,” said Aaron Kennedy, co-owner of Sugar Shock. Sugar Shock is co-owned by Aaron Kennedy, Warren Bush, and their partner Doug Anderson who owns the barn […]

  • HOUSE DAMAGED: Family Saved From Fire

    Two adults and a young child were sleeping upstairs when they woke up and found their Des Moines home on fire early Tuesday. Someone driving by around 1:15 a.m. called 911 to report a fire in the 1500 block of 33rd. When firefighters arrived they found the front of the house fully involved. The three people had to crawl through hot smoke to get out the back door. Medics treated and took all three to the hospital. The fire also […]

  • eclipse

    LUNAR ECLIPSE: How/Where To See It

    Wake up really early Tuesday morning, look up in to the sky, and you’ll see something that appears a little bit off. “What we’re going to have is a lunar eclipse starting tomorrow (Monday) night into Tuesday morning,” said Richard Miles, Program Coordinator at the Science Center of Iowa. Miles is an experienced stargazer with all the big telescopes one could ever need for viewing the planets and the stars. However, he says when viewing the lunar eclipse Tuesday morning, […]