Dan Winters has spent the past 18 years at WHO 13. On May 25, his run ends when the anchor and reporter of the week leaves the Des Moines news station.
Winters, an Iowa State graduate, said the recent losses of his sister and nephew made him realize he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“Shannon and I have been working opposite schedules since the day we met,” Winters wrote on Facebook of his schedule with his wife. “Now we have three children who are growing up so fast. All four deserve a guy who will be there for dinner and bedtime.”
Winters said he still calls central Iowa home and plans to stay. “It’s a remarkable place to live and raise a family, and it’s where we intend to stay. You won’t see me on TV, but you will still see me around town.”
Winters, who started at WHO on May 25, 2004, won several Upper Midwest Emmys and a national Edward R. Murrow award during her tenure. He was also awarded the William Randolph Hearst TV News Championship in San Francisco after graduating from Iowa State, where he is chairman of the Greenlee School Advisory Council. He said his first on-air job was on KMA radio when he was 16.
Among the interesting the facts he listed in his WHO biography are his tour of Iowa which took him to live in six different cities, his love of egg ketchup and mac and cheese, his knowledge of “vacation National Lampoon Christmas Card” and his ability to recite every word of the classic Chevy Chase.
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In 2014, he and his wife participated in a “West End Salvage”, the DIY Network show featuring the downtown Des Moines furniture store, West End Architectural Salvage. During the episode, the owners renovated the couples bedroom with a barn wood ceiling and a fireplace mantel that used wood from the Veterans Administration building in Des Moines during the second season.
Winters’ sister and nephew were murdered on February 11, 2020. The Associated Press reported that Richard Logan, 53, killed Diana Logan, 48, and their son, Aaron, at their home in Sugar Land, Texas. , near Houston. The former pastor then drove about 160 miles to San Marcos, where his adult daughter attended college, and attempted to strangle her, police told AP at the time. Richard Logan then committed suicide with the same gun used to kill his wife and son.
“All I can say is it’s been the worst week of our lives,” Winters said. wrote in a Facebook post at the time. “…(W)e have received the devastating news that my dear sister and my sweet 11-year-old nephew have been killed by her husband, who then committed suicide. Thank goodness our 22 year old niece survived. remarkable. Our family is stunned, heartbroken and confused…but our faith sustains us. We feel the prayers raining down on us in the form of God’s love, peace and comfort. We are so grateful for the support of countless family, friends and colleagues.”