First Openly Transgender Journalist in Iowa Leaves WOI

By Kevin Eck 

Nora Reichardt has signed off from Des Moines, Iowa ABC affiliate WOI after two years.

Reichardt reintroduced herself to viewers on-air last fall after working as a male for one year.

She announced the news of her departure on Twitter, saying “my two years here have been the most formative of my life, and I’m extremely grateful for the team here and everyone I’ve met working on the hundreds of stories I’ve put on air.”


“I loved getting to go out and meet all these folks and see what mattered to them,” she told the Des Moines Register. “And I was really consistently impressed by just how much kindness the average Iowan has to offer and I’m really grateful that I was able to receive so much of it.”

Reichardt added, “I also owe a debt of gratitude to Iowans and everyone else who embraced my transition last fall,” she said. “I’m honored to have received so much kindness and interest since coming out, and wherever I go next, I want to continue to be involved in the fight for trans visibility and equality.”