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

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Kettlebell Competition

    Posted on: 4:55 pm, July 30, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:57pm, July 30, 2013

    Kettlebell competitions began in Russia in the 194o’s.  Seven decades later, the sport is alive and well, right here in Des...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Worst. Day. Ever.

    Posted on: 7:05 pm, July 29, 2013, by

    Two weeks ago I blogged about the various jobs I’ve had and many of you shared some incredible “Worst Job”...
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  • 13 CARES: Relay Iowa Spanning The Globe

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, July 24, 2013, by

    Like any run, this one has a starting line and lots of interesting characters. Some of them are ultra-marathoners, others...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Irene’s Top Ten

    Posted on: 4:50 pm, July 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:47pm, July 23, 2013

    “Functional Fitness” is a big buzz phrase right now but do you really know what it means?  Personal trainer Irene...
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    Posted on: 10:55 pm, July 17, 2013, by and

    It’s dangerous, dirty, demanding work.  It requires stamina, strength and speed. “Yeah, firefightin`s not for everybody,” says Chief Jerry Holt,...
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    Posted on: 4:33 pm, July 16, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:47pm, July 16, 2013

    Next week, thousands of cyclists will hop on their bikes and make the annual trek across Iowa.  Among them, a...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Worst Job? Worst First Day?

    Posted on: 7:46 pm, July 15, 2013, by , updated on: 07:53pm, July 15, 2013

    So I’ve been thinking a lot about the different jobs I’ve had over the years.  I’ve been a babysitter, a...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Balloons, Brutal, Birthday, Boards

    Posted on: 7:38 pm, July 1, 2013, by

    Friday was gorgeous so I understand if you weren’t watching the news. BALLOONS If you were at the Arts Festival...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Team Kelsey

    Posted on: 9:28 pm, June 27, 2013, by

    Kelsey Michelsen’s family is keeping her memory alive and working to help families affected by childhood cancer.  Saturday night you...
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: I’m Kind Of A Big Deal

    Posted on: 7:31 pm, June 25, 2013, by , updated on: 07:33pm, June 25, 2013

    I hope we can get a group of media types together to see “Anchorman 2″ when it hits theaters in...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Cardio Tramp

    Posted on: 4:32 pm, June 25, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:00pm, June 25, 2013

    It looks like a torture device, but the Cardio Tramp is a great way to give your Pilates routine a little kick....
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  • ERIN OFF CAMERA: Mish-Mash

    Posted on: 7:12 pm, June 24, 2013, by , updated on: 07:14pm, June 24, 2013

    I joined twitter and now my facebook account isn’t working. Coincidence? I’m still trying to figure out the whole tweeting...
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