Chris Proffitt

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A:  I like to tell stories and I still do.

Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was shucking corn at a fair, but I suffered terribly from a pollen allergy, so it lasted about 2 hours.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: I don't have a DVR.

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Jet Skiing

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: I really don't have one? 

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: The deadlines

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I have two. Traveling Australia during the 2000 summer Olympics and doing stories on the places and people. The other I did on Harold Goodpaster. He was in his 70s and did trick basketball shots on a rim attached to his barn.

Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: All the Presidents Men. The Shining.

Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: Eminem, Gavin Degraw, Journey

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Don't count on others for happiness.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Kauai

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: My dog, Moe. She's a mini fox terrier

Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: Winning the National Edward R. Murrow Award and my first place National Headliner award.

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: Always doing something. I can't sit still long.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: Not securing the cap to the tube of toothpaste

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Learn to not take no for an answer and have compassion.

Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
A: Downtown and White River Park

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Q: When was the last time you tried something new?
A: I spray-painted a washing machine. I did a good job!

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: My  iPad

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: I didn't care for a tarantula crawling along my arm at Purdue's Department of Entomology.

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: No. Maybe that's why I try to mentor newsroom interns.

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: Deep-sea fishing boat captain or writer of children's books

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: I am too practical to ever think of that. I know the odds.

Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: The signing of the Declaration of Independence

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: My daughter
 

Chris Proffitt is an Indiana native who joined the RTV6 team in November of 2011. Chris is a veteran Indianapolis broadcaster and a graduate of Indiana University.

Chris'’ work has been featured on Dateline NBC, CNBC, ABC World News Now, The Today Show, Discovery Network and The Weather Channel.

Chris is a nine-time Emmy Award winner. His reporting has garnered some of the nation’'s most prestigious journalism awards including a first place National Headliner award, National Edward R. Murrow Award and five consecutive regional Murrow awards. He is also the recipient of The National Media Owl Award for excellence in reporting on senior citizen issues.

Chris’ reporting has taken him around the world. He reported and anchored coverage from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Chris has covered three NASA shuttle missions, including Senator John Glenn’s return to space. He has also broken numerous national stories including the 2006 misidentification of two Taylor University students involved in a deadly crash. The case subsequently produced the best-selling book, “Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope.”

He lives in Fishers with his wife, Stacy, and daughter, Alexis.

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