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Chris O'Connell, an Emmy Award winning reporter, joined the FOX 29 news team in September, 2010, as a general assignment reporter.   A native of Wallingford, Delaware County, PA, Chris attended Strath Haven High School.

Chris moved back to the Philadelphia area from Minnesota, where he was an anchor and reporter for KSTP in St. Paul for three years. Prior to that, he was a sports anchor and reporter for ten years at Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida, where he also hosted a half-hour nightly sports talk show.

Chris honed his reporting skills with stints at WTVR in Richmond, VA, where he was bureau chief and reporter for two years; WGAL and WLYH in Lancaster, PA; and WAMU-FM radio in Washington, D.C.

Chris has been nominated for several Emmy Awards including winning an EMMY for Outstanding General Assignment reporting in 2011.  In addition, he's been honored by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting work throughout his career.  

A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Chris also worked at the University's WRTI radio station while completing his bachelor's degree in radio-television-film. He also spent a semester overseas in London working at the ABC News bureau.

He is very involved with The Friends of Alexander Deihl Foundation, a charity that helps families of terminally ill children. It was founded in honor of Chris' nephew, who suffers from the rare disease, Menke's Syndrome.

In his spare time, Chris spends time with his wife, twin daughters and yellow lab Murphy at his home in Delaware County, PA. He enjoys cooking and is a big fan of all the Philadelphia sports teams.

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