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Kirk Hawkins joined KTLA 5 News as a general assignment reporter in December 2014.

Previously, Hawkins anchored weeknights for WCCB-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He helped lead WCCB-TV’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention. He also reported live from Washington, D.C. during Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s confirmation hearing for U.S. Transportation Secretary.

Hawkins came to WCCB-TV from KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

At KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV, Hawkins was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club for his breaking news coverage of the Occupy L.A. movement. He was the station’s lead reporter for the Michael Jackson death trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Hawkins also reported for “The Insider.” During his time in L.A., Hawkins covered the deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and the legal saga of Lindsey Lohan.

Hawkins covered some of the final space shuttle launches live from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when he worked as a fill-in anchor and reporter at WFTV-TV. He flew with the Air Force Thunderbirds and was honored for his feature reporting when he worked at KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington. Kirk was recognized by the Associated Press after nearly being arrested while covering a prison riot for KCOY-TV in Santa Barbara.

Hawkins played himself in the film “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis, and the Lifetime original movie “Blue-Eyed Butcher.”

He is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards and an Emmy nomination.

Hawkins graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara with bachelor’s degrees in communication and political science. He minored in history.

Hawkins is a native of Southern California.

Recent Articles
  • Freezing rain, sleet and snow will fall along the Southeast on Wednesday -- and lead the way for a brutal winter storm that is expected to strengthen rapidly as it moves toward the Northeast. (Credit: CNN)

    At Least 12 Dead From Cold as East Coast Braces for Winter ‘Bomb Cyclone’

    A massive “bombogenesis” — an area of rapidly declining low pressure — will wreak havoc on the Northeast this week, threatening hurricane-force winter wind gusts and blinding snow. The bombogenesis will result in what’s known as a “bomb cyclone.” And the bomb cyclone, expected to strike Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England and hurl 40- to 60-mph gusts. By the end of this week, parts of the Northeast will be colder than Mars. […]

  • Tuesday Forecast: Increasing Clouds With Chance of Showers Thursday

    Look for increasing clouds Tuesday with a chance of showers arriving on Thursday. Kirk Hawkins has KTLA’s forecast on Jan. 2, 2018.

  • 2 Women Fight at Victorville Chuck E. Cheese’s; 1 Hospitalized

    One woman was left hospitalized on Friday after a fight broke out between two women in a Victorville Chuck E. Cheese’s. Kirk Hawkins reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 3, 2017.

  • Comey Tells Congress FBI Has Not Changed Conclusion on Criminal Charges After Review of New Clinton Emails

    FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn’t changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey wrote in the new letter to congressional committee chairmen. Comey dropped a bombshell on the presidential race last month when he sent a letter to Congress saying the FBI had discovered emails in a separate investigation that […]

  • Trump Supporters Rally Near Candidate’s Star on Hollywood Boulevard

    Supporters of Donald Trump took to the streets of Hollywood while Hillary Clinton supporters took to the phone banks. Those supporting the Trump campaign vowed to keep their peaceful demonstration on Hollywood Boulevard near the candidate’s star through midnight. Proponents of L.A. city Measure HHH, which would issue bonds to build housing for the homeless if approved, also took to the streets in Hollywood to voice their support. Clinton’s campaign meanwhile received an infusion of star power as Chelsea Handler and “West Wing” […]

  • Dog Killed, Woman Injured During Officer-Involved Shooting in Venice Beach: LAPD

    A mounted officer with the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a dog that had bitten him in Venice Beach Friday afternoon and a woman was injured in the shooting, police said. The incident was reported about 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, Detective Meghan Aguilar said. Two mounted officers stopped to talk to a group of people in the area. A person in the group became agitated at some point and a […]

  • Neighbors Question Intent of Halloween Decorations With Confederate Flag, Dark Figure Hanging in Orange County Community

    Some in the community of Wagon Wheel are worried about the message sent by decorations that appeared overnight in the neighborhood, while others say it is merely a “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” tribute. A concerned neighbor sent KTLA an image of what appears to be a dark-skinned person hanging by a noose, a confederate flag and a sign reading “South Texas” used as Halloween decor in the 30 block of Homestead Drive in the master-planned community near Trabuco Canyon. Later […]

  • Trump Supporters Rally on Hollywood Boulevard After a Busy Day at Local Polling Locations

    A hoard of voters turned out Saturday at five early voting locations open this weekend across the L.A. area, waiting hours to cast their ballots. After the polls had closed, a large group of pro-Donald Trump demonstrators gathered at the candidate’s star on Hollywood Boulevard to voice their support. Demonstrators surround @realdonaldtrump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame @KTLA #KTLA pic.twitter.com/fcMEfp8uIE — Kirk Hawkins (@kirkhawkins) October 30, 2016 Complete data on California’s absentee and early voting are not yet available, […]

  • No Evidence of Bus Braking Before Desert Hot Springs Crash That Killed 13: CHP

    The driver at the wheel of a tour bus that crashed into a big rig on the 10 Freeway in Desert Hot Springs was identified Monday, along with 11 others among the 13 total victims killed. The driver appears not to have braked before the crash, according to CHP. Teodulo Elias Vides, 59, of Los Angeles, was driving the 1996 MCI motor coach when it slammed into the back of a big rig in slowing traffic in westbound lanes about 5:17 […]