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13 Fascinating Facts About Dan Winters

1. My dog’s name is Paul Harvey.
2. I have lived in six towns in Iowa.
3. I can recite every word of the movie, “Christmas Vacation.”
4. Ketchup should be its own food group.
5. @danwinters
6. I have a crippling fear of snakes.
7. My family used to own the oldest hardware store in Iowa.
8. facebook.com/danwinters13
9. I was president of my fraternity.
10. I’ve never voted a straight ticket.
11. I volunteer at a local youth shelter.
12. I had dental bonding to fill the big gap in my front teeth.
13. Have you seen my keys…or my wallet?

Dan Winters co-anchors Channel 13 News at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. Dan is an award-winning investigative reporter who came to WHO-HD nine years ago as a weekend morning anchor/reporter. Dan was born on a farm near Chariton, IA. He has lived in Marengo, Sioux City, Clarinda, Ames, and now The Des Moines Metro. He began his broadcasting career at age 16 at KMA Radio in Shenandoah, IA. After high school, he worked full-time as a news anchor/editor for KPRC, the CBS Radio affiliate, in Houston, TX. Dan earned an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. While in college, he worked as a reporter for KCCI-TV, covering the VEISHEA riot of 2004. Later that year, Dan was awarded “First Place TV Reporting” at the 2004 Hearst Journalism Awards Championship in San Francisco.

Dan interviewed President Barack Obama and reported on his campaign during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. His award-winning investigations have resulted in public policy changes. “I really love what I do, and I hope that comes through when people watch,” said Dan. “I feel blessed to get to work alongside Erin, Ed, Keith and all of the talented people behind the scenes each night.” Dan volunteers with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) and hosts fundraisers for various charities. He doesn’t let the fact he’s a lousy golfer stop him from trying.

Recent Articles
  • Brokaw Calls This Year’s Caucus Cycle ‘Wacko’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — If anyone can agree on anything this election season, it’s that the number of candidates and their name recognition is unprecedented. Legendary broadcaster NBC’s Tom Brokaw said he’s never seen anything like it, and he’s been covering the caucuses for over three decades. Brokaw recently won a battle against cancer, and at age 75, he’s more willing than ever to share the way he sees America and its politics. While in Des Moines on Monday, he […]

  • Tom Brokaw Sits Down with Channel 13 for In-Depth Interview

    DES MOINES, Iowa — An iconic broadcaster entertained the crowd at Monday night’s annual dinner for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In a one-on-one interview with Channel 13, Tom Brokaw said he wants people to understand why our political system seems to be in disarray. “I’ve been thinking about that a lot more.  And I think my one little hint is it began with 9/11. There was a succession of events after that that separated people from what their expectations […]

  • Classmates Remember ISU Student Killed in Hit-and-Run

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed an Iowa State student near campus Monday morning. An Iowa State University police officer discovered the body of 18-year-old EmmaLee Jacobs in the intersection of Lincoln Way and Ash Avenue around 7:00 a.m. Police say Jacobs  was suffering from injuries consistent with being hit by a car. She was transported to a local hospital where she died. Josie Chesmore described Jacobs as a shy math whiz, a pre-business major […]

  • Erin and Michael Kiernan Reveal Baby K’s Name

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Last Thursday, Channel 13’s Erin Kiernan and her husband, Michael, welcomed their son to the world …  and they were fairly certain they were going to have a girl. “We were so convinced it was going to be a girl that we have yet to decide on a boy’s name,” Michael told  us on Thursday. On Monday, they revealed his name: Michael Francis Kiernan. The meaning behind the first name is obvious. The middle name is tied to […]

  • Survivor: Shot in the Head, Now Helping Abused Women

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Ellie Van Dam’s charmed upbringing in Des Moines’ Beaverdale neighborhood was a far cry from where her life ended up last year. “I had a wonderful childhood,” Van Dam said. “[I] came from a good Christian home.” One year ago, she was trapped inside of a drug house by the boyfriend who would eventually shoot her in the head. “He became violent really quickly and he held me at gun point regularly,” Van Dam said. “In […]

  • Three Minutes in the Chair: Sally Dix

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is about to launch a new campaign to get people in larger cities to visit the metro for arts and culture. Part of the reason they can sell central Iowa as a destination for arts and culture is the work of an organization called Bravo. Dan Winters sat down with Bravo’s executive director, Sally Dix, for Three Minutes in the Chair from the Des Moines Art Center.

  • Three Minutes in the Chair: Tiffany Allison

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Tiffany Allison, a survivor of domestic abuse, is taking on violent habitual offenders. She wants to make it so violence isn`t treated differently, depending on the attacker`s relationship to his victim. Dan Winters sat down to talk with Allison about her efforts to change Iowa domestic abuse laws.

  • Three Minutes in the Chair: Mayor Frank Cownie

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It would be nearly impossible to list all of the changes Des Moines has experienced over the last ten years, but one man has been at the helm for each of them. Mayor Frank Cownie was first elected back in 2003 — before the river walk, the sculpture park, and even Wells Fargo Arena. Cownie sat down with Dan Winters to share personal thoughts about the past and the future.

  • STEM Advisory Council Director Dr. Jeff Weld Spends Three Minutes in the Chair

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Joe Biden was in Des Moines last week, pushing a plan to expand education and job training. A recent survey of Iowa business executives points to a serious shortage of workers in science, technology, engineering, and math … otherwise known as “STEM”. There’s an effort underway to fill those jobs.

  • What PTSD Drove a Veteran to Before he Disappeared

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Kate Lay had always been skeptical of love at first sight. She’s practical. She’s a surgical nurse who was born and raised in Iowa.  But she says practicality flew out the window the first time she laid eyes on the man she would eventually marry. “He was a Marine.  So, he was big and buff, and beautiful.  I fell in love with him right away,” she said. After proposing, Brandon finished his second tour of duty in […]

  • Best of 2014: Three Minutes in the Chair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — They`re the cultural, political, and religious figures who make up the fabric of Iowa and America. Just ahead of the new year, Dan Winters has a look back at highlights from 2014’s Three Minutes in the Chair.

  • Embracing Change at the YMCA

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Imagine if the place where you worked for over 50 years shut its doors.  That’s what happened to Marguerite Avant at the Des Moines Riverfront YMCA on Friday.  But as Dan Winters reports, Avant is ready to begin a new chapter.  

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