When Chris isn't out and about covering local sports, you can find him either on the beach or at a movie. Chris has always said if he didn't follow his first love of being a sportscaster, he'd for sure be a movie critic.
The Texas native is thrilled to be back in his home state after doing weekend sports at the ABC affiliate in Lawton, Oklahoma for two years. Covering the Sooners was certainly an experience for Chris, especially since he was fresh off graduating from the University of Texas at the time. Seeing the Red River Rivalry from another vantage point was an eye-opening experience, and gave Chris a newfound respect for our neighbors north of the Red River.
Prior to moving to Oklahoma, Chris lived in the Lone Star State all of his life. Originally from Katy, Chris grew up with a passion for high school football, as he watched his beloved Katy Tigers rise to prominence in the late 90's. Chris was lucky enough to see one 5A state title during his time at Katy High School and then another four after graduating. Now he roots for several Tigers on the bigger stages, namely the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton.
Chris had wanted to be a Longhorn since he was about 5 years old, and finally realized that dream. Chris joined up with the Texas Student Television station (formerly KVR) on his first day of college, the only student-run station in the country at the time with a FCC license. Chris put in countless volunteer hours throughout his four years there, eventually working his way up to Sports Director. Chris' proudest moment was getting to do the play-by-play when the Longhorns baseball team beat future New York Yankee Jaba Chamberlain and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Austin.
Chris has always loved baseball first and foremost, and is thrilled to cover the high school baseball powerhouses in the area, as well as the Hooks. He has always been a diehard Astros fan.
Chris loves spending time with his wife Krystal, whom he met while working at Ch. 3, and was privileged enough to marry in 2012. Chris and Krystal were lucky enough to welcome their baby boy Landon into the world in July 2014! Being a daddy is a full-time job in and of itself, but they also have their hands full taking care of their crazy black lab Lexi and their rambunctious yorkie Benji.
Chris took over as Sports Director in December 2014 following the retirement of longtime South Texas staple Dan McReynolds. He learned valuable lessons from Dan both on and off the desk after working with him for 5 years at KIII prior to taking over during the weekdays.
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