• 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
  • Minburn Hopes Old Depot Brings New Appeal

    MINBURN, Iowa – The old train depot was part of what initially put the small town of Minburn on the map. It’s new role is to help keep it there. When the station was built 100 years ago, the train was Minburn’s lifeline. “This was the “M & St. L” line, here,” said longtime resident, Charlie Thompson, “and that meant Minneapolis to St. Louis.” Since the tracks were abandoned in 2004, it’s looked lonely squashed between towering grain bins. It was […]

  • des moines building

    Style Stands Out Again At Des Moines Building

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Fourteen floors of classic art deco with a name that’s always in the air. “We all decided that if we were not the ones who owned the Des Moines Building in Des Moines, we would wish that we were,” laughed Shawn Foutch. Foutch and his two brothers are the owners of the Des Moines Building.  It was abandoned before they bought it for just $150,000, but after they get finished sinking some $28 million into it, […]

  • ‘Sage Of Soccer’ Sounds Off on World Cup

    The World Cup is here, and to me, that means it`s time to pay another visit to the Gino Astone, the South Side`s “Sage of Soccer.” I measure the years in blocks of four when it comes to Gino.  It’s been four since I saw him last and 12 since I first met him. He was excited about America`s World Cup chances then, and that hasn`t changed. “Oh yes!” he shouts. “We go for the first place this time!” Hold that […]

  • Downtown Falcons Soaring In Des Moines

    American Enterprise is an ordinary building with some extraordinary tenants–and chances are, you never thought to look. “Since 1993,” says Iowa DNR biologist, Pat Schlarbaum, “when the peregrine falcon discovered their alcoves, their cubby holes at the top of their building, it was just a perfect nest site. And they’ve been here ever since.” It’s not always the same falcon pair that nests here, but this one has some chicks, and it’s time to drop in for a check-up. The parents […]

  • Woodward Man Driving on Wood

    WOODWARD, Iowa – A Woodward man isn’t worried about rising gas prices. He’s figured out how to keep his car running without it. Instead of the pump, Herb Hartman heads to the chopping block. “We call it a gasifier because it changes mass to gas, or smoke,” he says. He’ll tell you all about it–his wood-fired 1991 Cadillac. “A full hopper will go about fifty miles,” he says, “depending on how you drive it.” The retired machinist had the free time […]

  • DRIVER’S ED: Roads Set To Get Crowded

    As a driving lesson ended with a big splash Thursday afternoon in Des Moines, it’s a reminder driver’s education season is upon us. “It’s kind of like the teenage American dream to get your driver’s license at 16 and this is what I had to do,” said Ankeny Centennial sophomore, Raven Sippel. Classes at Drive Tek and Street Smarts—the metro’s most popular schools—double, even triple in size next week. Drivers will see nearly 100 of these cars out on the […]

  • gateway secondary school

    PERMANENT VACATION: Gateway School Closing

    It’s the last week for one Des Moines middle school. Gateway Middle School within the Central Campus building will empty its classrooms for good on Friday. “I am still frustrated,” said Gateway parent, Kristin Carlson, “and more than anything saddened that such a great school will be closing.” This summer’s vacation is a permanent one, and that’s still hard to swallow. “I don’t think we really got a chance to see what it could be,” said parent, Jennifer Clark. They might […]

  • INVASIVE PEST: Ankeny Plans For Emerald Ash Borer

    They were attractive, they grew fast and they were cheap to plant but now, Iowa`s ash trees have become an expensive problem. For many of us, deciding what to do about the approaching emerald ash borer is an unavoidable dilemma. But there is some help out there that could make the choice easier to make. Ankeny has some 2,000 ash trees on public land and around 20-percent of the total canopy and they`re coming out one by one. But in […]

  • DOUBLE PLAY: Young Team Connects With Seniors

    It had the look of a classic day at the park. Busloads of fans and then a special welcome. Of course there was an anthem to get things started. It looked like something special, and it was, but you see the best part had already happened. “You know it started out we were just trying to find a way to reach out to Des Moines,” said AIB baseball manager, Chad Harris. The AIB baseball team didn’t just reach out to […]

  • FLYING HIGH: Iowan Aims For Top Of RC Hobby

    They say boys never grow up, they just get bigger toys! And some of those toys can get pretty high tech. Few toys are more complicated than radio-controlled helicopters – they can cost thousands of dollars and take years to master. But next month, a Fort Dodge man will look to become one of the best pilots in the hobby. They’re just another father and son headed out for an afternoon in the park, it’s just that instead of a […]

  • Electronic billboard

    TOUGHER RULES: Des Moines Electronic Billboards

    Electronic billboards are meant to attract attention, but at Monday’s Des Moines City Council meeting they were in the cross hairs. “Some of those billboards are less than 100 feet from residential property lines, so people look out their back window and what do they see? A sign 50 or 60 feet up in the air looming over their back yard,” Jason Pulliam said. Electronic billboards across Des Moines have drawn the ire of many residents and Tuesday, the city […]

  • saylorville lake master plan

    SAYLORVILLE PLAN: Higher Usage, Shrinking Lake

    For the first time in three decades, the Army Corps of Engineers has a new master plan for the management of Saylorville Lake. As much as any part of the Des Moines metro, the lake is changing. “We’re an urban lake, now,” said operations manager, Jeff Rose, “unlike when the lake was first built.” The darker pink areas have been developed since the lake filled in 1974. “It’s increased pressure on our recreational facilities and it’s increased pressure on our natural […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,383 other followers