Chris Wragge

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Chris Wragge
BornChristian P. Wragge
(1970-06-19)June 19, 1970
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationNews Presenter/News Anchor
Years active1991-current
Spouse(s)Victoria Silvstedt (2000-2007) separated
Website
Bio at "Click2 Houston"
 
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Chris Wragge
BornChristian P. Wragge
(1970-06-19)June 19, 1970
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationNews Presenter/News Anchor
Years active1991-current
Spouse(s)Victoria Silvstedt (2000-2007) separated
Website
Bio at "Click2 Houston"

Christian P. "Chris" Wragge (/ˈræɡi/ RAG-ee; born June 19, 1970) is an American news anchor. He is the co-anchor for New York's CBS2 News This Morning and CBS2 News at Noon alongside Mary Calvi. He was previously on WCBS's 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts, until he moved to CBS's The Early Show (nationwide), where he served as morning co-anchor from January 2011 until January 6, 2012, when the broadcast was replaced.

Career[edit]

Born in Hackensack, New Jersey and raised in Rutherford, Wragge attended Mahwah High School in Mahwah, New Jersey, where he was an athlete. He received a football scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. He earned three varsity letters and graduated a year early with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications to pursue a career in professional sportscasting.[1]

Wragge became sports reporter for WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his first television appearance was as a reporter as part of a 48 Hours expose on NBA Spring Break 1991. He then became anchor for the nightly sportscasts on WVIT-TV, an NBC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. Wragge was also a reporter for NBC Sports, including the NBA, the WNBA, Notre Dame football, the Gator Bowl, the Sun America Sportsdesk, and the Olympics.

In 1998, Wragge joined NBC Sports and became Sports Director and anchor of the nightly sportscasts on News2Houston on KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas, and was the recipient of the 2002 Associated Press "Best Sportscast" award for the Houston area.[2]

In December 2000, while still with NBC Sports and KPRC, Wragge joined USA Sports as the on-site correspondent for PGA Tour Sunday, the PGA Tour's leading broadcast partner. He also became presenter of the Ask DIY, HGTV and the Travel Channel.[3]

In 2003 and 2004, Wragge was a behind-the-chutes reporter for the PBR's Built Ford Tough Series during their NBC telecasts, and during a couple of events served as the play-by-play announcer in George Michael's absence. In 2004, after broadcast legend Warner Wolf was abruptly fired, Wragge joined WCBS-TV as lead sports anchor. On November 6, 2006, Wragge become news anchor for CBS2 News at Noon and CBS News at 5 PM with newly hired Kristine Johnson. The pair replaced Mary Calvi and news veteran Roz Abrams.

On January 3, 2011, Wragge became the lead weekday anchor (with Erica Hill) for CBS News's The Early Show after serving as in the same role on the Saturday version for the past few years (while also working his primary job at WCBS).[4] In September 2011, when Wragge was told of impending changes to the CBS morning program, he returned to WCBS, replacing Don Dahler as co-anchor for New York's WCBS-TV 6 p.m. weeknight telecast, alongside Dana Tyler. In July 2012, he and Tyler also became co-anchors of WLNY-TV 10/55's News at 9 p.m.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2000, Wragge married Swedish model, actress and former Playboy Playmate of the Year Victoria Silvstedt at Tuxedo Park Country Club in Tuxedo, New York.

Six years later, Silvstedt and Wragge threatened legal action against Sky News for slander, after pictures of her in Sardinia with another man made their way onto the Internet. Sky News removed the page.[5] They separated in 2007, but reportedly have not yet divorced.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Wragge Biography
  2. ^ Chris Wragge: KPRC News Station Story
  3. ^ DIY Network:Chris Wragge
  4. ^ "CBS News announces new "Early Show" team". November 30, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Victoria Silvstedt picture pages
  6. ^ Ilta-Sanomat, August 27, 2007.
  7. ^ Glamour (SWE), November 2008.

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