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Chris Chandler

Afternoon News Anchor

Chris Chandler anchors afternoon drive and "Atlanta's Evening News" on NewsTalk WSB.  He was the 2011 Associated Press Broadcasters Association "Best Anchor-Reporter" and anchored the winning 2010 entries for Breaking News and Staff Coverage.  He joined the station in November 2009.

Prior to that, Chandler was an anchor/editor at CNN Radio for three and a half years.  He anchored coverage of the 2006 Virginia Tech shootings; reported from hurricane zones in Texas and Louisiana; and contributed to the network's Peabody-award winning coverage of the 2008 election campaign, anchoring debate and primary nights.

Before CNN Radio, Chandler worked at WHAS in Louisville, Ky, where he served as Senior Reporter for the market's #1-rated afternoon radio show. His work included live reports from Jerusalem about the Mideast crisis and from ground zero following the September 11th terrorist attacks.   Chandler won two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reports from the Middle East. He also received an Edward R. Murrow Award for "Outstanding Spot News" in 2004 and was the 2001 "Best Radio Reporter". 

Prior to WHAS, Chandler worked as a reporter-anchor for the Bristol Broadcasting station group in Paducah, Ky. He was one of the first reporters to break the news of the Dec. 1, 1997, shooting at Heath High School in West Paducah which left three students dead and five more wounded.

Chandler graduated from the University of Illinois.

Latest from Chris Chandler

Mayor unhappy with Confederate flag 'parade'

The mayor is not happy with this weekend's Confederate flag parade through part of Dalton. "I'm upset about it," Mayor Dennis Mock tells WSB.  "It incites and excites folks to think things and do things they shouldn't be doing." The parade was Sunday, and cellphone videos posted online show what ...

Baltimore mirrors Atlanta's troubled past

Is recent racial unrest in several U.S. cities really similar to riots in the 1960s?  WSB reporters were in the middle of an Atlanta uprising that proves a striking comparison. The story from Atlanta, 1966 is not dissimilar to those from Ferguson, New York, or South Carolina, more than 45 ...

Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker from North Carolina who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, arrives at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Writebol is expected to be admitted to the hospital, where she will join another U.S. aid worker, Dr. Kent Brantly, in a special isolation unit. (AP Photo/(AP Photo/The Journal & Constitution, John Spink)

Why is everyone afraid of Ebola?

Why are so many people in Atlanta so worried about two people in the Emory hospital? While the situation with Ebola in America is unprecedented on its own, the patients' arrival right here in the metro has triggered anxieties, especially given the increasingly-dire situation in West Africa. UGA Professor of ...

Gay marriage's affect on Georgia elections

How might Georgia's court battle over gay marriage affect the pending U.S. Senate race here? WSB Political Analyst Bill Crane says "a quick victory probably doesn't play as well for the Democrats and Michelle Nunn as a protracted battle" would. If there's an outright victory for the plaintiffs before the ...

Fred Phelps Sr. left his mark on Atlanta, among others

The late, unlamented Reverend Fred Phelps was no stranger to Atlanta.  He made a famous visit here in 2010, among others, and had even threatened to boycott the funeral of Coretta Scott King. Still, a local gay rights activist declines to speak ill of the dead. "I never celebrate in ...

Ukrainian Maria, 23, right, and Vanui, 22, hold posters against Russia's military intervention in Crimea, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Russia's parliament approved a motion to use the country's military in Ukraine after a request from President Vladimir Putin as protests in Russian-speaking cities turned violent Saturday, sparking fears of a wide-scale invasion. The poster in the right side reads in Ukrainian: "I am from Russia, please protect me and remove the weapons and soldiers from Ukraine." (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Georgia-Ukraine business leader worries about invasion

An Atlanta man who's spent much of his career doing business in Russia and Ukraine says the current crisis is akin to "watching two family members at each other throats."  Michael Blake is Vice President of the Ukrainian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, based in Atlanta. "I'm not surprised to ...

A look at how newspapers covered the news of President Kennedy's assassination.

News/Talk WSB remembers JFK Assasination

Lunchtime in Atlanta on the Friday before Thanksgiving. In Atlanta, the Rich’s Christmas tree lighting is the big event of November.  National  headline:   the president’s three-day political visit to Texas.    That’s President Kennedy.  It is the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 22, 1963. “I was in the music room at WSB ...

Investigators: Paulding boy’s abuse death ‘one of the worst we’ve seen’

12-year-old Eric Forbes had bite marks, cuts, and bruises all over his body when he was found dead last week. It wasn’t just a one-time thing. “(He) appeared to have endured abuse for quite some time,” Cpl. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators believe the abuse came ...

Shuttle company charged in May crash

College Park police have charged the owner of that airport shuttle bus in the May wreck near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that injured 17 people. On Monday, the police department announced it was charging both the tractor-trailer driver and the shuttle bus driver in the crash on Loop Road. Tuesday, police ...

APD officer reinstated; city to appeal

A judge is ordering one of the Atlanta cops reinstates who was fired after the Eagle Bar raid. The raid cost the city more than $1,000,000 in legal settlement and led to big changes in the police department.   Patrons complained they were physically and verbally abused by members of the ...



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