I’m Rob Kirkpatrick. I’m a husband. I’m a Dad. I’m a proud UL Lafayette graduate. I’m a fierce reporter at heart and always digging for a good story. But most importantly in this space: I’m the fearless leader of the KPEL News brand and Bernadette Lee’s partner in crime on “Acadiana’s Morning News”. News is something I always knew I wanted to do. My first on-air experience was in 3rd grade at Lyon Elementary in Covington, LA. I gave the announcements, weather and cafeteria menu every morning on closed circuit television. Since then, I have covered news with KATC in Acadiana, in Dallas with FOX 4’s “Good Day”, in Atlanta with CNN Newsource and now back in Lafayette with KPEL and the rest of your Townsquare Media Stations. I consider myself lucky to do what I love and raise my two little girls in Acadiana with my amazing wife Sarah. People often find it challenging to adequately describe what makes this area so great. Some people call it culture, community or try to quantify the level of ‘happiness’ in Acadiana, but I think it’s a little bit of all those things. People here have heart like no where else I have ever lived. I consider it an honor to be welcomed back to Acadiana with open arms and I hope to be your voice day-in and day-out as we speak to newsmakers every morning on “Acadiana’s Morning News”. So, thank you. Email Me: Rob@kpel965.com
John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
Senator John McCain, who had a blood clot removed late last week, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix announced the discovery of a tumor in the senator's brain late this evening. No word and prognosis, but the type of cancer he is facing is usually treated with a co…
Evangeline Parish Deputy Injured In Shooting, Suspect Dead
The altercation happened this morning in Mamou.
6 Things We Wish Would Replace SEARS In Acadiana Mall
SEARS is closing and now the options are endless at one end of the Acadiana Mall. Of course, another major department store will likely scoop up the space and open up without missing a beat. But, let's throw reason out the window and talk about some things we know will not replace...
Sears in Acadiana Mall Closing
SEARS will shut its doors by the end of the summer.
All Clear Given After Lafayette Airport Bomb Threat
Police evacuated the Lafayette Regional Airport terminal.
‘Cindy’ Downgraded To Tropical Depression
Storm blamed for the death of child in coastal Alabama.
Tropical Storm Cindy Forms Off Louisiana Coast
Forecast track takes center over Texas-Louisiana border.
Tropical Storm Warning Extended West To Texas, North To I-10
The latest information on the tropical system off the Louisiana coast.
SLEMCO Streamlines Outage Reporting Process
Acadiana utility company fully prepared for tropical weather.
Congressional Leaders Give First Interview In Wake Of Scalise Shooting [Video]
Reps. Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi talk about leadership in the wake of a tragedy.