Erin Kiernan

13 fascinating facts about Erin Kiernan:
• I am an only child.
• I could save your life – I know CPR.
• I have extraordinarily long toes. I can pick things up with them.
• My husband proposed to me on St. Patrick's Day. We got married in the Madison County Church visited by Pope John Paul in 1979. My husband grew up there and was blessed by John Paul during the visit.
• I was storm chasing more than a decade ago and an anchor sent me straight into a developing tornado.
• As a child I had a pet rabbit and a pet chicken. My Grandpa Gene once said, "It's a good thing Erin didn't ask for an elephant!"
• I played the piano and the clarinet as a kid and can't play either now.
• I have a Voodoo kit on my desk (a gift from Sonya Heitshusen).
• I have a tattoo and a piercing and wish I'd never gotten either. (Why is your mother always right about these things?)
• I had a retainer for a couple of weeks in grade school before "accidentally" throwing it away during hot lunch. Consequently, I still have an overbite.
• In the middle of an interview, Steve Miller serenaded me with "…... really like your peaches, wanna shake your treeeeeee...."
• My dad still sometimes calls me "The Dawes County Styler" because I won first place in a Dawes County, Nebraska 4-H modeling contest.
• My birth was delayed because my mother went into labor during a Nebraska football game.

Erin Kiernan was a Channel 13 intern and part-time reporter during college and rejoined the team in June 2005 to play a major role in the station's ongoing success. In June 2006, Erin started anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts.

In addition to anchoring, Erin has written and produced many of the station's investigative and "13 Cares" reports and plays an active role in the daily news process.

The recipient of several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting work, Erin earned a National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012 with photojournalists Brandon McCauley and Randy Schumacher for a story about Iowan Mark Block overcoming impossible odds to climb Sears Tower in Chicago. Erin has also received regional Emmy Awards in the feature, consumer and instructional categories. In 2008, the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities chose Erin to receive its Media Award following special reports she produced on Iowans with disabilities.

Erin previously anchored the weekend news at KCCI, where she started in 1998. In addition to anchoring, she became known for her award-winning investigative work and special series pieces. In Spring 2004, she received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her two-part series on date-rape drugs. In 2000, she also received a regional Murrow Award for her investigative series "True Colors," which focused on racism at bars in the Des Moines metro area. She has also done investigative series reports on identity theft, sex offenders, arson, ecstasy, meth and unlicensed drivers.

Erin graduated from Drake University with a degree in broadcast journalism. While attending school, she worked as a part-time reporter at Channel 13 News. Next, she worked for WOI-TV as a reporter and photographer.

Born and raised in Chadron, Nebraska, she says her career in broadcasting really started when she imitated television news reporters while dressing up in her mother's clothes as a child.

Erin is very involved in our community. She volunteers for various non-profits and teaches fitness classes at the YMCA. During the summer Erin can be found outside biking and as a Nebraska native, she gets "Big Red" fever during the football season. She is also a voracious reader and loves watching movies with her husband, Michael and crazy old cat, Marley.

Recent Articles


    Posted on: 5:47 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    It’s a workout we’ve never seen before, combining TRX and yoga. It has a funky name, “TRX Floga” or “floating...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Yoga For Kids

    Posted on: 5:47 pm, April 1, 2014, by and

    A local teacher is on a mission to share the benefits of yoga with youngsters. Valerie Jansonius first started combining...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Corporate Wellness Challenge

    Posted on: 5:35 pm, March 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:36pm, March 4, 2014

    Corporate wellness isn`t a new trend, but it`s definitely expanding.  A small company in the metro is proof. Seeing exercise...
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    After thirty four years on the bench, Judge Joel Novak has seen it all.  He’s presided over everything from murder...
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    Posted on: 6:07 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:08pm, February 4, 2014

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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: 11 Worst Exercises

    Posted on: 5:37 pm, January 21, 2014, by

    You probably think you’re doing your body good by going to the gym, but that’s not always the case.  Doing...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Sensory-Based Movement, Nia

    Posted on: 5:45 pm, January 7, 2014, by

    Moira Leu has been dancing since she was three years old.  She calls it one of her passions, and you...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Now what?!?

    Posted on: 9:30 am, December 19, 2013, by , updated on: 09:36am, December 19, 2013

    Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s hard to believe the big day is less than a week away.  I hope you’ve been...
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    Childhood friends... Feeling frugal... Towering tree
  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Benefits Of Tai Chi

    Posted on: 6:43 pm, December 10, 2013, by and

    Do you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? You may want to make some time...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Bah Humbug? Hardly!!!

    Posted on: 9:15 am, December 6, 2013, by , updated on: 10:39am, December 6, 2013

    I’ve been catching some grief from people around here lately. It’s all about my attitude toward Christmas. It’s funny, because...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Germs At The Gym

    Posted on: 5:58 pm, December 3, 2013, by

    We do it in an effort to get and stay healthy, so make sure exercise is all you’re getting at...
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  • 13 CARES: From ‘I Can’t’ To ‘I Can!’

    Posted on: 10:48 pm, November 26, 2013, by

    This is the time of year when a lot of us shove the running shoes to the back of the...
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    i can run