Dan Klein joined News 18 in August 2011. He’s an Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist. He says he loves wearing two hats at WLFI: as the 11 p.m. anchor and a reporter for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
Dan’s journalism career has taken him around the country, but he’s thrilled to be back home in the Hoosier state.
Dan grew up in Indianapolis before heading to Syracuse University and graduating in May 2005 with a triple major in Broadcast Journalism, Political Science and History. He spent a year at his first reporting job at KSWO-TV in Lawton, Okla.
In 2006, he traded the Sooner State for the Sunshine State, taking a job at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Fla. He spent the next three years reporting (often as a multimedia journalist – a fancy way to say he shot and edited his own video) and fill-in anchoring at the home of the University of Florida (go Gators!).
While in Florida, Dan won several first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in categories like General Reporting, Deadline Reporting and Investigative Reporting.
But in 2009, his love for snow and the Midwest got the best of him and Dan accepted a job at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., a sister station owned by the same company as WLFI. He worked as a reporter, multimedia journalist and anchor, winning the 2010 Associated Press award for Best General News. He’s most proud of being nominated for an Emmy for Reporter Excellence in 2010.
The opportunity to anchor and report with the News 18 team was a chance Dan could not turn down.
In his spare time, Dan loves to travel. He’s been to 49 of the 50 states in the U.S., as well as 20-plus countries on five continents. He also enjoys being outdoors and likes to hike and camp. He loves playing sports like basketball, tennis and riding his bike.
Dan also likes watching sports like football and baseball. But if the weather is bad and nothing is on television, he doesn’t mind curling up with a good book and a CD from his large collection.
Most importantly, Dan is really excited to tell the stories that matter to north-central Indiana and would love to hear from you. Feel free to stop and say “hello” if you see him around, become a friend with him on Facebook or email him with a story idea.