Chris Pollone is a New York-based news and sports journalist. In December 2011, Chris left Alabama’s 13 News in Birmingham, Alabama after a successful and memorable eleven year run.
Chris Pollone loves meeting new people and telling their stories. In fact, he’s been telling stories since he was a kid, making up short “news reports” and reading them into a cassette recorder. 20 years ago, the good people at WCCM Radio in Lawrence, Massachusetts, started paying Chris to tell stories and a career was born.
Today, Chris is a New York City based news, sports, and technology journalist. He’s also worked at television stations in Binghamton, New York, Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama. Chris has reported all across the U.S., telling stories of triumph, tragedy, and redemption. As a freelance correspondent for NBC News Channel, Chris has covered the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Newtown, CT school massacre, and the Jerry Sandusky Penn State sexual abuse trial. His live reports from these events were seen on dozens of NBC affiliates throughout the U.S., three networks in Canada, and NBC clients in London, Singapore, and Australia. During his eleven years in Birmingham, Chris covered several major stories including Hurricane Katrina, the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak, and the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway.
Chris’ work in sports has taken him to the 2010, 2011, and 2013 BCS National Championships, several SEC Championship games, and countless NASCAR, baseball, and basketball games throughout the South. In August of 2012, Chris returned to the NBC affiliate in Birmingham for six weeks to help launch the new 30-minute nightly sports show, “Alabama Tonight.” The show is still going strong today. In 1999, the RTDNA awarded Chris the Alfred and Sandra Freeman Geller Fellowship for Outstanding News Talent. He has been part of news teams that were honored with an EMMY Award and five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Chris has taught broadcast journalism at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a frequent guest lecturer at college and high school journalism classes. He considers himself to be a huge “techno-geek” and is constantly looking for ways new technology can assist and improve journalism. Chris is a proud graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. A native of North Andover, Massachusetts, Chris now lives in Manhattan with his wife, Sunday.