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.