Iowa Anchor Leaves News to Work for National Nonprofit

By Kevin Eck 

KWWL anchor Abby Turpin is leaving the Waterloo, Iowa NBC affiliate to work as the director of communications for a national nonprofit organization.

Turpin will stay in the area while working remotely for the Connecticut-based Keep America Beautiful, which describes its mission as inspiring and educating people “to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.”

Her main reason for leaving KWWL is to spend more time with her family, but she is also committed to Keep America Beautiful’s mission, she said.


“I’m also eager to do something new and am so fortunate that my experience in broadcasting the past 11 years has helped me get this new opportunity,” said Turpin. “Most viewers don’t know this about me, but I’m very passionate about the environment and what we’re leaving to our next generations. This chance to be a part of the effort to improve it daily across the U.S. means so much to me.”

Turpin has worked at the station since 2017. News director Allison Gibson said it’s hard to say goodbye to Turpin, who she said has brought “style and substance” to the evening newscasts.

“Her work on the desk with Ron Steele has helped further our station’s reputation for excellence in broadcasting, earning awards as best anchor team, best newscast at 6 and 10, best political coverage and best derecho coverage,” said Gibson. “We shall miss Abby and her talent, but are proud she will continue her public service for such a great cause.”