Chris Luther is excited to live in a place unlike any other he's ever lived in before.
Chris grew up in California, about 30 minutes north of San Francisco. He began his journalism career at San Marin High School, recording solo play-by-play broadcasts of the school's basketball and football games on a digital recorder while also reporting for the school newspaper.
Change is nothing new to Chris. He changed coasts, moving from sunny California to snowy Syracuse, New York to attend the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University (Go Orange!).
While studying at SU, Chris got the opportunity of a lifetime working for his lifelong idol, Bob Costas, at the 2012 London Olympics. There, he met his now-longtime girlfriend Jessica with whom he moved to Memphis.
Chris comes to the land of BBQ and music from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He started the first three years of his reporting career at NBC affiliates, first in Yakima, Washington, then in the Tri-Cities. In Washington, Chris worked on assignment during the two largest wildfires in state history. He reported live in Roseburg, Oregon after the deadly school shooting at Umpqua Community College. Chris also helped investigate improper disclosure of Social Security numbers for thousands of documents posted online by local county clerks across the state.
Chris loves the excitement of working in the news business. His true passion is storytelling. He believes a good story can make you laugh, cry and think if done well. His goal is to do work that makes an impact on viewers.
In his downtime, Chris loves to be active. Going on runs, playing basketball and exploring new places are some of his favorite things to do. He also enjoys uncontrollably yelling at his TV during Giants, Warriors, 49ers and Syracuse basketball games. At the end of the night, Chris loves to unwind with a nice glass of wine, harking back to his Northern California roots.
Watch Chris on WMC Action News 5 weekdays and weekends at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
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