Kait McKinney joined the WHO-HD team in December 2015 as a multimedia producer.

Kait grew up in Waukee and attended Iowa State University. She graduated in May 2013 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

At Iowa State, Kait worked in student media as a writer and multimedia producer. In 2013, she placed first in a national competition where she won the 2013 Associated Collegiate Press Photo Excellence Award.

Send her story ideas: kaitlin.mckinney@whotv.com

Recent Articles
  • 4-Year-Old Dies in Accidental Shooting

    ELGIN, Iowa — A 4-year-old boy died Friday after accidentally shooting himself in the head. According to KWWL,  initial reports say the boy’s mom and three children were visiting a friend Friday afternoon when the incident happened. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office told the station that the mom and the friend stepped outside while the 4-year-old and two other younger children were left. That’s when the gun went off. Authorities say the boy shot himself in the head. He was […]

  • Nearly 8,000 Gallons of Fuel Spilled After Rollover Crash

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials are learning more about a fuel spill on Highway 5. A portion of the highway was closed after a tanker truck flipped several times before coming to a rest on its side Friday morning. Mike Whitsell, with the West Des Moines Fire Department, said the truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline when the crash happened. Officials found four gashes on the tanker and that all but 200 gallons of fuel spilled out. “Whenever […]

  • Nearly 40 Residents Still Displaced from Apartment Fire

    DES MOINES, IOWA — The American Red Cross is still assisting dozens of residents two days after a fire broke out in downtown Des Moines apartments. A fire broke out on the second floor of the Elliott Apartments about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Des Moines Central Campus. On Thursday, 37 residents took shelter overnight. Case managers from multiple agencies are working on site Friday to more permanent housing solutions for those […]

  • Driver Shoots at Man Who Yelled at Him for Speeding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are investigating a shooting on the north side of Des Moines. Matthew Maxfield says he was standing outside with his brother in the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue about 6:45 p.m. Thursday when a car sped by, going about 50 miles per hour. Maxfield said he yelled at the driver to slow down. “They came around the block, parked down the street, came out with a gun and shot at my brother and me,” Maxfield said. […]

  • Residents Seeking Temporary Shelter After Three-Alarm Apartment Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police and fire crews responded to a third-alarm fire at a downtown Des Moines apartment building that displaced dozens of its residents. Crews were called to the Elliott Building at 219 4th Street about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after a caller reported heavy smoke coming from the complex. Firefighters entered the building and found a fire in an apartment on the second floor. “It’s a very heavily populated multi-unit apartment complex. We had lots of residents. Almost […]

  • Fong’s Pizza Temporarily Closed Due to Apartment Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A three-alarm fire at a downtown Des Moines apartment complex has prompted a popular restaurant to temporarily close its doors. Fong’s Pizza at 223 4th St. is closed until further notice due to the fire that broke out in a second-floor apartment at the Elliott apartment complex. The restaurant sits on the first floor of the 80-unit complex. Crews were called to the fire at 219 4th St. about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after a caller reported […]

  • Do Yourself (and Others) a Favor This Summer, Get Rid of Your Unused Fans

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The heat is not letting up in Iowa. That’s why the Des Moines Fire Department is accepting fan donations on behalf of organization Impact Community Action Partnership, which helps people in poverty. Des Moines Fire Department PIO Brian O’Keefe says Fire Station #3, located at Easton Boulevard and Hubble Avenue, received seven fans Thursday morning. You can drop off a fan at any fire station across the city. Officials ask that you keep the fan in […]

  • Iowans Donating Unused Fans to Help Others, and You Can Too

  • Des Moines City Hall Shows Support for Orlando

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Cities across the country are taking steps to show their support for those in Orlando. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie raised a rainbow flag in front of City Hall Wednesday afternoon. A small ceremony was held as it was added to the flag pole, joining the state flag and U.S. flag, all three of which are at half-staff. It’s a move to show the city’s support for the LGBT community and the lives lost in the […]

  • Sheriff’s Office: Father’s Day is Deadliest Day on the Road

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Iowa — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is asking Iowans to use more caution this weekend while behind the wheel. The sheriff’s office says that Father’s Day has shown to be the deadliest holiday on Iowa’s roadways over the past 10 years. “If you were to ask people what they think would be the deadliest holiday, they often mention July 4th, Labor Day, or Thanksgiving. We associate those major holidays with a lot of vehicle traffic and traveling,” […]

  • Driver Rescued From Semi Hours after Serious Crash

    WAUKEE, Iowa — A truck driver is expected to make a full recovery after his semi went off Interstate 80 and crashed in a creek. Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says the driver was traveling on I-80 when he went off the road between two bridges, just west of the Alice’s Road exit. The truck landed upside down in Sugar Creek. Officials believe the driver crashed sometime Wednesday morning. The truck driver was not rescued until a few hours […]

  • Here’s When Officers Will Pay Special Attention to Altoona Drivers

    ALTOONA, Iowa — Drivers in Altoona will be under the watchful eye of law enforcement Thursday. Law Enforcement Officers from many central Iowa jurisdictions will be enforcing all traffic laws while paying close attention to seatbelt usage and speed in the evening hours. “Statistics show that wearing seat belts saves lives and following traffic laws reduces the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents.  These projects are intended to raise awareness of safe driving habits in order to save lives,” […]

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