13 Fascinating Facts About Dan Winters
1. Jesus Christ is my Savior.
2. I had cosmetic dentistry to fill the big gap in my front teeth.
3. My great uncle used to own the oldest hardware store in Iowa. My grandfather worked there. It’s still operating in New Providence.
4. My dog’s name is Paul Harvey.
5. I have lived in seven towns in Iowa.
6. I have a crippling fear of snakes.
7. When I was a little boy, we had a horse named “Little Joe.”
8. There’s a tiny scar on my right cheek from where a dark brown birthmark was removed when I was 10.
9. I was president of my fraternity.
10. I’ve never voted a straight ticket.
11. I rode a motorcycle through my high school years until I nearly wrecked it. I parked it. I haven’t been on one since.
12. More ketchup, please.
13. I’ve been a lot of places, but I’ve still never been to Florida.
Dan Winters co-anchors Channel 13 News weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. His award-winning investigations have resulted in changes to public policy and refunds for consumers. You can catch his weekly interview segment “Three Minutes in The Chair” Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Dan has interviewed President Obama. He has also played “Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots with Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
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 a bachelor’s 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 volunteers with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) and hosts fundraisers for various charities. He’s proud to serve on The Greenlee School’s advisory council. Dan likes to go for long runs to unwind, but most of his time is spent with his wife and their children.