WHO-HD Veteran Anchor John Bachman’s Final Newscast Set For Friday

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25 year career at Channel 13 News culminates Friday night at 10 PM

Bachman to host final “The Insiders” program Sunday morning

Station commemorating Bachman’s 40 year broadcasting career all week long

Long-time WHO-HD news man John Bachman will anchor his final newscast this Friday night, November 9, on Channel 13 News at 10.  The station is commemorating the occasion all week long with special features and some surprises in and out of its evening newscasts.  In addition, Bachman will host his final edition of The Insiders this Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  And Sunday night, Channel 13’s Dan Winters puts Bachman in the hot seat for “3 Minutes in the Chair” during Channel 13 News at 10.

In January, WHO-HD announced that the 25-year veteran anchor would retire in November.  Bachman’s incredible 40 year broadcast journalism career is decorated by interviews with 6 Presidents, the prestigious Silver Circle from the National Television Academy and the Alfred I. duPont- Columbia University Silver Baton and several Emmy Awards for Best Newscast.  The station promoted Iowa native, Iowa State journalism graduate and 8-year Channel 13 News anchor/reporter Dan Winters to succeed Bachman at the anchor desk.

“I’ve been so fortunate to anchor at WHO-HD for a quarter of a century! Iowans not only helped raise my family but continued to watch all those newscasts!  I’ve been especially blessed to work with such outstanding colleagues. Ed, like a younger brother, has been at my side for more years than we both care to admit. Keith keeps all of us laughing while being unparalleled at reporting sports. And Erin’s many talents have made her a trusted partner in anchoring. I’m also indebted to the station management for their complete support and for allowing me to personally plan this retirement. Now it’s time for my wife Barb and me to visit the grandchildren during the Iowa winters, while viewers will get the opportunity to enjoy Winters—Dan, that is. He will bring energy, professionalism and drive to our newscasts.”

“John Bachman will forever be a part of the heritage and tradition of WHO”, says WHO-HD President and General Manager Dale R. Woods.  “Not only the consummate professional, but also a proficient journalist and a warm caring person. While we’re excited about the future, this is a time to remember and celebrate John’s accomplishments over four decades.”

About John Bachman

John Bachman came to WHO-HD in 1987 to anchor Channel 13 News. Today he continues to anchor Channel 13 News at 6 & 10.

In 2006, John was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Television Academy. The Silver Circle is the Academy’s most prestigious acknowledgement of a career in broadcasting. It is a national honor that recognizes not only the inductee’s contributions to the television industry, but also to his community. John was also the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Jack Shelley Award, the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s highest honor.

Other achievements include the Alfred I. duPont- Columbia University silver baton for documentary work at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, several regional Emmys for best newscast at WHO-TV, a national Emmy finalist for public service at KARE-TV, and numerous AP and NBNA first place awards for reporting in Iowa and Minnesota.

John anchored the WHO-TV 10pm Newscast that won the 2006 Edward R. Murrow national award for best newscast in television markets 51 and above.

John Bachman has interviewed six presidents including current President Obama.  When Ronald Reagan left office, he gave interviews to Larry King, Barbara Walters, and John Bachman. John interviewed President Clinton in the White House on the day of the Oklahoma City bombing.

As a reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, he covered the first Mayor Richard Daley. While reporting for KARE-TV, he broadcast live from New York City harbor during the 1986 Statue Of Liberty Centennial Celebration. And in Des Moines, he co-moderated with NBC’s Tom Brokaw a nationally broadcast Republican presidential debate and appeared on “Meet the Press.”

Major news stories mean marathon stints on the anchor desk for Bachman. He reported nearly round the clock during the Persian Gulf War, the Floods of ’93, and the September 11th Attacks. During his tenure, WHO-HD became number 1 in the ratings for the first time in the station’s 50-year history.

Bachman graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School. He received his B.A. cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He pursued graduate studies at Oxford University in England and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He started his career at WMT-TV (now KGAN) in Cedar Rapids in 1972. He is a published author: “In the News Tonight” (Augsburg Fortress Press) in which veteran NBC anchor and colleague Tom Brokaw wrote the forward and “Beyond the Facts” (Kirk House Publishers).

John and wife Barb married in 1972. Their son, John, is an early evening anchor at WSB-TV in Atlanta where he and his wife Jen enjoy their three young daughters. John and Barb’s daughter, Alison, lives with her husband Steve and young son Cole in Minneapolis. John and Barb live in Johnston and are active in church, civic and charity organizations.

About Dan Winters

Dan Winters is an anchor and Emmy award-winning investigative reporter for Channel 13 News. Dan has spent the past eight years covering the big story in Iowa.

Dan came to Channel 13 in May, 2004. He was born on a farm near Chariton, IA. He has lived in Marengo, Sioux City, Clarinda, Ames, and now Des Moines. Dan 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 attended 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.  One of the highlights of Dan’s career was being assigned to interview and cover President Barack Obama during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Dan, his wife, Shannon, and their son live in Beaverdale.


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