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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
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Corporate Wellness Challenge

    Corporate wellness isn`t a new trend, but it`s definitely expanding.  A small company in the metro is proof. Seeing exercise in the middle of the workday at the workplace is becoming more and more common. But most corporate wellness programs only exist at huge corporations. “We`re about 300 employees, so the fact that we have a gym, catered food, and that we do these programs is a big deal,” says Jennifer Daniel who oversees the wellness program at Businessolver in […]

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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: DPS Academy

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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Sensory-Based Movement, Nia

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Now what?!?

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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Benefits Of Tai Chi

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    I’ve been catching some grief from people around here lately. It’s all about my attitude toward Christmas. It’s funny, because I love Christmas and all I’ve said (repeatedly) is that I’m disgusted with the commercialization of the holiday and this year I will not buy, nor will I accept any gifts. You may have picked up on a hint of this attitude in my last blog about gratitude. I’ve given lip service to this before, but to be honest – […]

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    This is the time of year when a lot of us shove the running shoes to the back of the closet. This group might make you keep them out, or buy them for the first time – and put more miles on them than you ever thought possible. The members greet each other like old friends, but most of them have only known each other for a few months. Their ages, jobs and hobbies run the gamut but they have […]

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Gratitude

    This is the one week of the year we spend a lot of time talking about what we’re thankful for. It’s one of the many reasons I love Thanksgiving.  It’s also why it makes me so sad that many stores are now open for business on the holiday. If you sit quietly for just a few minutes and think about the things for which you are truly grateful, did any of them come in a box or wrapped in a […]