13 fascinating facts about Erin Kiernan:
• I am an only child.
• I could save your life -– I know CPR.
• I don’t have any cavities.
• My Irish 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. Our son was baptized there.
• I was once storm chasing as a young reporter and an anchor sent me straight into a developing tornado.
• I’m a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
• 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, wearing clothes I made myself. These skills (sewing/modeling) have gone the way of my piano/clarinet skills!
• My birth was delayed because my mother went into labor during a Nebraska football game.

Erin Kiernan rejoined the Channel 13 News Team in June 2005 to play a major role in the station’s ongoing success. In June 2006, Erin started anchoring the 5, 6, & 10 o’clock newscasts.

In addition to anchoring, Erin has written and produced many of the station’s award-winning investigative and feature reports.

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. She is also an advocate for adoptive families and birth families and helped found “Adoption Advocates of Iowa”.

Erin loves the outdoors, animals, sports and music. Her favorite thing is spending time with her husband Michael and their son, Michael Francis.

Recent Articles
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    WAUKEE  — The Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry opened it’s doors in 2005. “There’s always been community support,” says Director Melissa Stimple, “but it took years for people to realize there is a need out in this area.” It’s because there’s a myth that the suburbs are so affluent that the people living here are immune to issues like hunger. “Now we’re seeing it increase, but also really spread,” explains Erin Drinnin with the United Way of Central Iowa, “so […]

  • Program Offering Free Sports Physicals Having Impact on Students in the Classroom

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  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Iowans Struggling to Survive

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  • ‘Valor Fit’ Transforming and Saving Veterans’ Lives

    September 11th started “the war on terror” in the Middle East — and left a new generation of veterans fighting their own battle at home. Troy Peterson’s PTSD and addiction nearly cost him his life in 2015. “I took a bottle of pain killers. I tried to overdose. I attempted suicide.” Last year Troy told us how CrossFit helped him change his life. The response was overwhelming. The VA reached out to him, and so did local gym owners. The idea for a fitness-based non-profit […]

  • Donut Day

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  • Healing the Wounds of War

    WAUKEE, Iowa  —  Troy Peterson enlisted in the army shortly after 9/11 and returned from Iraq in 2005. “I was wounded,” he says. “People I knew were wounded, people I knew died.” His physical wounds healed, but the mental toll sent the veteran into a spiral. “I turned to drugs and alcohol,” Troy says matter-of-factly. “It got to the point where I couldn’t remember days on end, don’t remember things I said, things I did.” What he couldn’t remember, his […]

  • The Man, The Myth, The Mower

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s one of the most recognizable sounds of summer, and in one Des Moines neighborhood some very recognizable characters are mowing lawns. Like Captain Jack Sparrow. “Its hard times being a sailor, ya know,” he says with a wink, “so it’s something I took up on the side as a hobby.” This hobby is getting a lot of attention. “Well I’m from Corydon,” one driver who stopped to get a better look tells us, “we don’t […]

  • Workout of the Week: Squat Mistakes

    Squats are a great exercise–unless you’re doing them wrong. Here are the top five mistakes and why you should avoid them. 1) ROUNDING THE BACK It compresses the spine and can cause back problems 2) LIFTING THE HEELS It puts a lot of pressure on the quads and ACL 3) FEET TOO CLOSE TOGETHER This is also bad for the ACL and can compromise your balance 4) BALANCE ISSUES Look straight ahead so you don’t fall over 5) KNEES CAVING […]

  • Workout of the Week: Tuel Shed Training

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Technology is changing the way we do everything, including the way we get healthy. For a group of trainer in Des Moines, it means inviting clients into their basement every morning. The Shaping Towns program is the brainchild of Javier Tuel. “We did a pilot program for free with live Facebook pages,” he explains. “The first one was in my parents’ garage! They opened their home to us and every two weeks we sleep on their […]

  • Erin Under the Microblade

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Hair and makeup trends are always changing, and eyebrows are no exception. Like a lot of women, I plucked mine into oblivion in the 1990s. Actually, I didn’t pluck mine–a friend did, after convincing me that my current look wasn’t a good one. I’ve been using stencils, pencils, and powders ever since, trying to recreate what God gave me. I’ve considered permanent makeup, but the effect is often Sharpie, not subtle. Last year, I heard […]

  • WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: The Power of Pilates

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  We all tend to look in the mirror and criticize what we see, but the thought of putting on a bathing suit can mean those negative feelings skyrocket. “We’re all put together differently,” says Beth Cobble of Liftetime Athletic. “Some people want to look like this person, and genetically we might not be able to. And that’s okay!” Comparison is the thief of joy, so the best thing you can do is stop worrying about how you […]

  • WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Get After Those Glutes!

    IOWA  —  Everyone wants a nice butt, but strong glutes are about more than just aesthetics. “It keeps you injury-free or prevents injury,” explains Personal Trainer Angie Gallagher. Our glutes get ‘lazy’ primarily due to inactivity, but age, gravity, and hormones can also weaken them. “So giving birth and menopause, that will affect glutes becoming lazy and we have to work harder at making them work.” Everyone wants to know what to do to build a better butt. Here are […]

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