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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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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Just Do You!

    I witnessed two things at the Y this morning that made my day. The first was Sonya teaching her first class. She said she wanted to become a fitness instructor, she did the training and now she’s teaching.  Scratch another goal off the list.  Well done. The second thing happened at the end of the class.  Sonya told us to do planks.  The prescribed time was two minutes.  Two minutes passed.  Several people were still standing (or in this case, […]

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Blog? What blog?

    Happy Friday!!! Friday the 13th.  Ooooooooohhhhhhhh. Remember how I dragged my feet about joining Twitter? I love Twitter. I love it so much I hardly ever look at Facebook anymore. I also hardly ever blog anymore. So…here’s a blog about nothing, and everything. This shirt cracks me up.  The guy wearing it probably thinks I am a wacko for wanting to take a picture of it. As women, it doesn’t matter what we do or say on the news – […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: The Dream Team

    For 12-years,  “Live Healthy Iowa” has helped thousands of Iowans lose weight and improve their fitness level.  A select few have had the opportunity to be on what’s called “The Dream Team.” Jennifer Long got a wake-up call five years ago. “I needed some dental work done and my blood pressure was too high, so they wouldn’t touch my teeth.” Jennifer started walking and eating better.  She lost 70-pounds, but then her weight loss stalled. “So, I was getting a little […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Success Story

    Every Saturday morning you’ll find Skye Westendorf and her husband Bob at Des Moines Mixed Martial Arts Academy.  They’re not training for a fight.  They’re training for life. “We work out every day for at least an hour,” says Skye, ”sometimes Bob spends 3-4 hours in the gym.” It wasn’t always like this.  Not too long ago Skye and Bob were couch potatoes, and dangerously overweight.  “I’ve lost 125 pounds and my husband’s lost about 155 pounds. We’ve made lot […]

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    Jen Kees has been in the fitness industry for more than two decades. She’s seen it all and taught it all. So when she says she dreams about a piece of fitness equipment — you know it’s special. “My dream gym is like a wrestling room and you walk in and it’s just BOSUs everywhere,” she says with a big laugh. “BOSU” stands for “both sides up” and no matter which way you use the squishy blue dome, it challenges […]

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Fill In The Blank

      Play along if you like…. It’s too hot to _________. That’s why I’m  ________. The best way to cool off is  ____________. On days like this I think about  ___________.   My answers … Cook Eating sushi for dinner Taking a cold shower followed by sitting in front of a fan February

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Fond & Funny Fair Memories

    The Iowa State Fair is in full swing and it has me reminiscing about my time in 4-H. Sonya and I have been cracking each other up telling stories about this period in our lives.  Remember keeping a 4-H Record Book? How about learning how to sew?  My Grandma Susan was an excellent seamstress and Mom wasn’t too shabby, either.  Me – not so much. Sewing and baking projects often led to some epic fights between Mom and me – […]

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    WEEKLY WORKOUT: Ballast Ball

    It looks like a stability ball, but looks can be deceiving.  That’s just one of the lessons we learned in this “Workout of the Week”. “A regular stability ball doesn’t have any weight inside,” explains personal trainer Angie Gallagher, “a ballast ball has some ballast in it, or sand.”  And that, Gallagher says – is a game changer. With certain moves, the added weight actually requires less effort “So if you’re using it as a chair it’s easier because it takes less […]


    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Thanks! Now I Want Your Opinions…

    I am so grateful to all of you for the advice you offered up last week regarding my dummy-induced back pain.  And Scott – your comment, “Who’s the dummy?!?” may be spot on.  :) I tried various combinations of virtually everything readers suggested for at-home remedies (with the exception of medical marijuana). I was still gimping around over the weekend and I’m still sore but I’ve managed to work out every day this week. I have not gone to the […]

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: I Need Your Advice!

    I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain. Like anyone, I don’t like pain. However, I really need to be hurting to do something like take meds or go to the doctor. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet, but I did make these purchases today… The reason for my pain? Maybe this… But mostly, this … My back is killing me! Please send me your at-home pain remedies. If I seem crabby on TV, blame the dummy.

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    WEEKLY WORKOUT: Kettlebell Competition

    Kettlebell competitions began in Russia in the 194o’s.  Seven decades later, the sport is alive and well, right here in Des Moines. “The amazing thing about kettlebell is we’re using every single muscle in the body,” says Greg Pankrukhin, a Russian born coach, more commonly referred to as Coach Greg at The Des Moines Kettlebell Club. “Everybody goes through the same struggle – no matter if somebody is really fit or not fit at all, they start from beginning,” says Coach Greg in […]

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    ERIN OFF CAMERA: Worst. Day. Ever.

    Two weeks ago I blogged about the various jobs I’ve had and many of you shared some incredible “Worst Job” stories.  Incredible. I promised to share a great “Worst Day On The Job” story that Dan Winters shared with me. Check out Dan’s story, share your own “Worst Day” and let the competition begin! I’ll NEVER forget my first day at Channel 8.  I was a starry-eyed college student, just beginning my first (part-time and extremely low-paying) job for a […]