Chris McKinnon has been promoted to an anchor at WBZ-TV CBS 4. He will anchor the station’s morning newscast WBZ This Morning as well as the noon newscast with current anchor Kathryn Hauser. McKinnon’s promotion was announced this morning by Gary LaPlante, News Director of WBZ and sister station myTV 38.
“We are thrilled that Chris will be assuming the role as the co-anchor of WBZ This Morning with Kathryn Hauser,” LaPlante said in a statement. “His warm personality and local knowledge, having grown up in the greater Boston area, make him a perfect fit for the morning news audience.”
After Boston Media Watch first reported the news this morning on Twitter, Chris tweeted, “It’s a dream come true to work in my hometown and I’m honored to join @KHauserWBZ on the desk for #WBZThisMorning and the #WBZ News at Noon!”
Kathryn Hauser has been the sole anchor of the morning and noon broadcasts since she joined the CBS owned station in August. The second anchor position has been vacant since David Wade was moved to evenings in August of last year.
Chris joined WBZ in September as a freelance reporter, and was promoted to a full-time morning reporter in November. Prior to working in Boston, Chris served as a reporter for KWTV News 9, the CBS affilliated station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Before working in Oklahoma, Chris was an anchor and reporter for KREX-TV CBS 5 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Chris attended college at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science in 2009. While in college, Chris worked at USC’s Annenberg TV News, where he worked in a variety of roles including anchor, producer, writer, photographer, and editor. Chris also interned at Sirius XM radio as a Web and Video Intern.
Chris is a Melrose native and currently resides in Boston. His promotion is effective immediately.