Chris Earl has been a part of KCRG-TV9 since April 2008, just weeks before two major news stories: The deadly EF-5 tornado that hit Parkersburg and Aplington and the Flood of 2008.
Chris anchors the KCRG-TV9 News First at Four with Nicole Agee, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Beth Malicki.
Aside from his years of anchoring in Eastern Iowa, Chris has also covered just about every presidential politician asking Iowans for a vote, including the 2008/2012 presidential elections, the 2012/2016/2020 Iowa Caucuses as well as the gubernatorial, House and Senate races.
His most memorable reports, however, come from meeting people on, at times, their best days but, far too often, their worst days when a tragedy has led to a reporter knocking on their door. He’s often humbled by the kindness of people willing to open up and share their story.
The Iowa Broadcast News Association recognized his reporting with the 2013 first-place award for “Overall Excellence in Reporting – Large Market”. Chris also won the IBNA’s “Overall Excellence in Anchoring – Large Market” for three straight years from 2015-17.
Seeing that news reporting in the current climate is true two-way communication, Chris strives to be highly engaged on social media, especially through his Facebook page, where he shares stories of people with journeys that tug at the emotions. Meeting those touched by ALS, sharing the story of “Austin Strong” and DiPG, people dealing with tragedies but doing so with grace, a family caring for an ailing parent, children with special challenges just trying to push through to the levels most of us take for granted every day.
Chris has been working in journalism and news since 1996, going back to his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A double-major in political science and broadcast journalism, Chris left delivering pizzas behind in Madison and started the journey as a news photographer at KSNT-TV in Topeka, Kansas. Within weeks, he was reporting and then in sports before moving to WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1998 as a sports anchor. He was the lead sports anchor in Duluth, Minnesota at KDLH-TV for six years before returning to Eau Claire in 2005 as the evening news anchor at WEAU.
Nine weeks after his first child was born, Chris started writing novels at a blistering pace during morning naps. Gotcha Down (2004), The Interim (2007) and The Last Out (2009) were all published, inspired by his years as a sportscaster and with extensive media tours that followed. The books are all out-of-print but you may come across them at libraries in the Midwest or even online here and there.
Chris and his family live in Cedar Rapids. You can often find him volunteering as the ticket taker at one specific high school’s sporting events. Be as friendly as you like but you’ll still have to pay… unless you have a pass.
He encourages you to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.