KWWL News Anchor/Nightside Executive Producer
Abby Turpin co-anchors the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. broadcasts with Ron Steele at KWWL (NBC) in Waterloo, Iowa, and serves as the executive producer for the nightside team.
An Ohio native, Abby is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to KWWL, Abby was the main anchor at RFD-TV in Nashville. She came to the cable network with experience from three NBC and CBS news stations: KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska, WNWO in Toledo, Ohio, and KXII in Sherman, Texas.
Community involvement has become the pinnacle of Abby’s work in news broadcasting. She has a genuine passion for getting out in the community when she’s not on the anchor desk or producing in the newsroom. In Iowa, Abby naturally and quickly immersed herself in the eastern Iowa community. Because of this, she was invited by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Chapter to be the keynote speaker at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon in November 2017, where she spoke about her history in and passion for community involvement. Abby was named the Celebrity Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, leading a monthly initiative called “Waiting for my Mentor” and “Abby’s Little of the Month” at KWWL. She was also an honorary member of their Board of Directors and was named the ‘Program Champion of the Year’ in 2018. Abby is part of the Women for Good with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, working to impact the lives of women and girls in Black Hawk County. She is also a member of the Business and Professional Women of Iowa organization.
Abby is proud to have become involved with Cedar Valley Hospice and emceed their 2017 Release & Remember event, the 2018 Rio Nights fundraiser, and the 2019 Red Carpet Nights fundraiser. Abby emceed the 2018 and 2019 Cedar Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, the 2018 Muscular Dystrophy Association Waterloo Muscle Walk, the Reason to Hope luncheon for the Alzheimer’s Association East Central Iowa Chapter, the Mayors’ Volunteer Awards in both 2018 and 2019, and the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards in both 2018 and 2019. She emceed the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber’s 2018 Annual Celebration, and emceed the 2020 virtual celebration for Grow Cedar Valley. She has also enjoyed speaking to local organizations, including Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers, Waterloo Rotary Club, Exchange Club of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Jaycees, Cedar Falls Lions Club, and at many local churches. Abby served on the KWWL United Way committee and currently serves on a steering committee for a rebranding project at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. She was a volunteer and guest judge at both the 2017 and 2018 Pink Ribbon Runs to support women and men fighting breast cancer in the Cedar Valley, and she emceed the Cedar Bend Humane Society’s Help Us Help Them fundraiser in 2018 and 2019, which raised thousands of dollars to help the humane society’s mission. Abby and her husband were happy to volunteer to feature their home on the 2017 Grout Museum District Tour of Classic Homes. Money raised from the tour sales helps in the upkeep of the historic Snowden House in Waterloo. They also were the hosts of a Holiday Vacations tour to Hawaii in 2018 with almost 50 KWWL viewers. All of this was instrumental in Abby being named one of the “20 Under 40” in the community by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in 2019.
Abby’s anchoring and producing work over the years has been recognized with industry awards. The Iowa Broadcast News Association awarded Abby and Ron Steele 1st place in the Excellence in Anchoring category (large market) in both 2019 and 2020. Their special report on farming, ‘Growing Forward: The Future of Farming in Iowa,’ received first place in 2020 in the Farm & Agribusiness category. For their Election Night 2018 coverage, the IBNA awarded Abby, Ron, and team 1st in the Political Coverage category (large market) in 2019.
In 2020, Abby and her team received 3 Upper Midwest Emmy® nominations: newscast-evening (medium market), politics/government program for their 2019 Caucus Night coverage, and health program/special for their special “Coronavirus. Facts. Not Fear.” In 2019, she and her team received three Upper Midwest Emmy® nominations: newscast-evening (medium market), politics/government program, and breaking news coverage. Abby co-anchored a KWWL News at 6 broadcast that received the 2018 Upper Midwest Emmy® for best evening newscast (medium market). KWWL News at 10 was also nominated in 2018. Previously, she was part of the team that received an Emmy® nomination for a broadcast she produced and co-anchored in Nebraska in 2014. Abby has received anchoring awards from the Ohio Associated Press and CableFax. She was also recognized by the Texas Public Health Association for her reporting on the importance of mammograms with their 2012 Media Award.
One thing about Abby many of her viewers always find interesting is her past experience in the music business. From singing in shows at Tokyo Disney to traveling the world while performing on cruise ships and on national tours, Abby is proud to continue sharing her voice in the community. Abby and her husband performed a show for over 1100 people at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in July 2019, which raised over $22,000 for the music programs. They also did a show in April 2019 to raise money for renovations at the historic Snowden House in Waterloo. Viewers heard Abby sing at the 2018 Cedar Valley Honor Flight fundraiser, with the Waterloo Municipal Band, at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Black Hawk County Hope Heroes Night, and at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville. Abby and her husband also sang with the UNI New Horizons Band at its fall concert in 2017 and sang the National Anthem at Team of Dreams 2018. Abby and her husband are passionate about supporting local arts organizations because of their musical backgrounds.
Abby considers her most important accomplishment to be her daughter, Reece, born in 2016. She has been married to her husband, Travis, since October 2012.
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