KWWL News Anchor
Abby Turpin co-anchors the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts with Ron Steele.
A Columbus, 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. She was an anchor and producer at all three stations.
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. During her time in Ohio, she served as the Make-A-Wish and Adopt America spokesperson, and served on the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Toledo Planning Committee. In Nebraska, Abby continued her involvement with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, emceeing the Omaha Muscle Walk and Spring Gala. For the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she was the spokesperson for their Wishes in Flight campaign. Abby also emceed the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and served as the spokesperson for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Abby was also involved with the American Heart Association’s “Better U – Go Red” Challenge, for which she also wrote and produced special reports. And as a strong animal advocate, Abby served as emcee for the Capital Humane Society’s Gala.
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, which features youth in the area who benefit from or need a mentor. She is also an honorary member of their Board of Directors and was named the ‘Program Champion of the Year’ in 2018 for her efforts in helping recruit mentors in eastern Iowa. Abby is part of the Women in Philanthropy group with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, working to impact the lives of women and girls in Black Hawk County. She 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 also emceed 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, the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards in both 2018 and 2019, and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber’s 2018 Annual Celebration. 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 in 2018, and she is currently on the steering committee for a branding 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 also 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.
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 2019. And for their Election Night 2018 coverage, the IBNA awarded Abby, Ron and team 1st in the “Political Coverage” category (large market) in 2019. Abby co-anchored a KWWL News at 6 broadcast that received a 2018 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 also received anchoring awards from the Ohio Associated Press and CableFax. She also received an award for her reporting on the importance of mammograms from the Texas Public Health Association.
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 $22k for the music programs their Friends group support. 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 their fall concert in 2017, and sang the National Anthem at Team of Dreams 2018. Abby is passionate about supporting local arts organizations because of her musical background.
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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