Chris Stipes | FOX 26 Anchor


Chris anchors the FOX 26 weekend 5pm/9pm newscasts. You can also catch him reporting during the week.

Before moving to Houston in 2006, Chris worked as a sports anchor/reporter at KXAN in Austin, KFOX in El Paso, and WTVG in Toledo. He spent nearly a decade as a sportscaster before transitioning to news when he joined KRIV, but he still handles most of our sports interviews in the morning.

Chris has been honored with nearly forty professional awards during his career including three Emmys and eight Emmy nominations. His live, breaking news coverage from Highway 59 during the worst "freeze" in decades earned him the Lone Star Emmy for "Live Reporting" in 2011. He was awarded Emmys for Talent/Sportscasting and sports reporting in 2002. He's also the recipient of two prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for sports reporting, garnering the national Murrow for his investigation into sports memorabilia fraud. Chris has also won more than a dozen awards from the Associated Press. He was honored in the major market "Best Anchor" category in 2012 and 2013, earning a 2nd place finish and an honorable mention, respectively. A newscast he co-anchored won first place in the "Best Morning Newscast" category in 2013. He was also honored with the AP's "Best Sportscast" both years he spent in Austin. In 2004, his mini-documentary about the life of El Paso boxer turned world champ, Juan Lazcano, won a Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club.

Chris has reported on many major stories affecting the Houston area and beyond in recent years. At the height of Hurricane Ike in 2008, he reported live from Brennan's Restaurant near downtown as fire engulfed the upscale eatery. He was on the anchor desk in 2010 broadcasting live coverage as 33 Chilean miners were rescued one-by-one from a collapsed mine. In 2011, Chris anchored live team coverage of the historic final landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis, bringing an end to NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. In 2013, he co-anchored breaking news coverage of the fertilizer plant explosion in West that leveled much of the small Texas town.

Chris graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He credits his time working at BG 24 News, the campus TV station, for giving him a great start in broadcasting.

When he's not at work Chris loves spending time with his family. His wife, Elissa, works as a news anchor at another TV station in town. They have two beautiful daughters.

During his spare time Chris loves playing basketball at the downtown YMCA. He says he's a "legend in his own mind!"

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