• Follow me on:

13 fascinating facts about Andy Fales:
• I am an avid gardener. I grow about 6 different types of heirloom tomatoes and many other vegetables and enjoy spending time working on my lawn and perennial gardens.
• I love to cook. My favorite time with my wife is spent in the kitchen making dinner and experimenting with new recipes.
• I am a dedicated supporter of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and have loved dogs and everything about them since I was a little boy.
• I have played the electric bass guitar since I was in high school.
• My degree is in English, but when I first went to college, I wanted to be a wildlife biologist so that I could do a show like "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" which I loved watching as a child. I still hope to do something like that, some day.
• My very favorite sport to watch is St. Louis Blues hockey.
• The gold ring I wear on my right hand belonged to my great-grandfather and bears his initials, "IDF".
• My mother's family is from northern Wisconsin, and my parents retired there a few years ago. I take a summer vacation up there every year.
• My wife and I love to eat ethnic food. We love Indian, Thai and Japanese most.
• My favorite athlete of all time is Wayne Gretzky. I have met him or interviewed him eleven times.
• Someday, I hope to own a classic muscle car from the 70's. Right now, I have a 1985 Jeep CJ-7 that once belonged to my grandmother.
• My high school baseball team was invited to play in Australia, where (at the time) the sport was played mostly by the wealthy.
• I love to camp, hike and fish. My best friend and I take a long trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota every summer.

Andy Fales is back at Channel 13 News! Andy co-hosts "SoundOff with Keith Murphy" each Sunday night at 10:35pm and features his popular segment "What's Bugging Andy?"

Andy returns to Channel 13 from KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, where he had been a sports anchor and reporter from June through December 2007.

Andy also contributes in new and improved ways to the weeknight newscasts. Look for Andy's special reports and insights on a regular basis.

"When I left Iowa for Kansas City, I thought I'd enjoy being a little closer to home (he was born and raised in St. Louis)," said Andy. "The fact is, I was actually moving farther away from it. Iowa is home. It's where I want to be."

You can reach Andy at andy.fales@whotv.com.

Recent Articles
  • COMFORT DOGS: Putting Life In ISU ‘Dead Week’

    If you`re a college student, the week before finals is among the most stressful of the year. The hope is that a new program at the Iowa State University library will help take away some of that stress. During Dead Week, the library is a place you’d expect to find students focusing their attention but on something other than… “It’s the highlight of my week already,” says junior, Andrew Leeper. Call them “Comfort Dogs.” Call this a four-legged, floppy-eared study […]

  • sex trafficking iowa

    HUMAN TRAFFICKING: New Tough Law Commended

    Human trafficking activists didn’t hesitate to use some shocking statistics to make their point during a meeting in Des Moines Monday evening. “There are more people enslaved right now in the United States than at any point in our country’s history.” Criminal investigator, Michael Furjack, told the crowd at the Des Moines Social Club that the city’s location at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35 makes it a prime location for the trafficking of young girls and boys. Activist […]

  • Gabriel McFarland

    ADOPTION TWIST: Three Mothers Mourn Baby’s Death

    Three mothers are mourning after a baby was found dead after being left alone in a Des Moines apartment...

  • NEXT STEP: Grand Blue Mile Inspiration

    Tuesday’s Grand Blue Mile drew over 4,000 participants but not all of them ran the course. By anyone’s measure, it’s a mile – anyone’s but Tom Ostwald’s. “I thought there’s no way–there’s no way!” he said. But there he was competing against nothing but his own broken body—and against the odds that have been stacked against him since December of 2012 when he fell off a ladder at home. “The bad thing about spinal cord injuries is there’s no textbook,” […]

  • grand ave bridge design

    NEW BRIDGE: City Approves Pricey Plan For Grand Bridge

    The arches on the Grand Avenue bridge have served as symbol of Des Moines since 1918. The iconic look is staying put but at a cost. The people had their chance, and the majority of those who used it got their way. “I had more people stop me to say ‘We want the arches,’” said councilwoman, Christine Hensley. Of the 402 people who filled out the Grand Avenue bridge survey, 70% said they favored spending an extra $2 million to […]

  • iowa wild

    IOWA WILD: Disappointing Season A Big Success

    There’s one advantage to the minor leagues. “I thought it was a good showing,” said Darren Ruud of Des Moines. You can have thousands of happy fans… “I think it went real well,” said Tom Stevens of Johnston. …even when you finish dead last. “I would have liked to have seen them win more game than they did,” said Julie Hale of Des Moines, “but I think they had a good turnout.” And that seems to be the consensus at the […]

  • community gardens

    WATER WOES: Struggle For Community Gardens

    It was supposed to be easier this year. The planting beds were in place, strawberries returning and neighborhood volunteers had the memories of last year’s bumper crop to fuel them. “We got a lot of vegetables and produce out of it,” said Terry Mitchell, a resident of the King-Irving neighborhood on Des Moines’ near-north side. “At one point we were harvesting 250 pounds of tomatoes daily,” said Ralph Chiodo, who runs the community garden as a part of his Forest […]

  • civic center events

    NEW SEASON: Civic Center’s Lineup Released

    Leave it to the Civic Center. It’s really a night of basic information but they make a production out if it. It’s a fancy way to announce the new season and get the crowd excited for what’s to come. It worked. “Couldn’t have hand-picked it any better,” said one season ticket holder at tonight’s Season Announcement event. “I am so excited for Kinky Boots,” said another. “I think it’s going to be a great show.” Kinky Boots is the big score; […]

  • CITY ICON: Grand Ave. Bridge Options Considered

    A Des Moines icon is nearing its end. Grand Avenue’s historic, arched bridge over the Des Moines River will be replaced within two years. City leaders are now trying to determine what the new bridge will look like. Some cities are defined by bridges. The question is, is Des Moines one of them? “When you walk along the new Riverwalk, well you see them!” said Ken Quinn of Des Moines. They splash across more than just the Des Moines River. […]

  • ap schools list

    NATIONAL LIST: Two Area Schools Recognized

    Of the more than 22,000 American high schools, only nine-percent made the cut and only two of them from central Iowa. The new list is called “America’s Most Challenging Schools” and its rankings are based on the number of Advanced Placement tests taken each year by students. For the third straight year, a Des Moines school is on the list. Inside the halls, students know it for TR. But outside, it’s becoming known for different letters: AP. “We have over […]

  • BIG BREAK: Pool Tournament Growing In Des Moines

    With state wrestling and basketball in the books, downtown Des Moines rolls out the welcome mat for a different sort of competition. It’s the biggest tournament of its kind in the country and it brings a whole new set of characters into town. Des Moines snatched the Iowa State Poolplayers Association Tournament away from Davenport last year and it`s grown exponentially. “Both years have increased and I mean it`s just a better area and it`s more centralized for everybody in […]

  • YOUNKERS HISTORIANS: What Made It So Special?

    The Younkers fire has led to a busy week on a Facebook site called “Lost Des Moines.” There, historians and others have been sharing their stories and photos about why it is this building was so special. “What a tragic loss,” signs Sophie Pargas Vlassis. Outsiders no doubt wonder why almost a week later, there are those still lamenting. “You know, to me it was a crown jewel,” she adds. Vlassis’s connection couldn’t have been more personal. “They trusted my […]