Kris Van Cleave
Kris Van Cleave is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award winning General Assignment Reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8.
He's twice received the Emmy for the region's best General Assignment Reporter (2007 & 2010), and was named 2010 and 2011 "Best Reporter" by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Since joining ABC7 News in 2006, Kris has covered the Virginia Tech Shootings, the 2010 Healthcare vote, reported from Haiti after the devastating earthquake, and traveled to Afghanistan to cover local troops. Kris also spends time investigating "7 On Your Side," complaints.
He comes to the nation's capital after working as a reporter at XETV/Fox6 News in San Diego and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs. Prior to that, Kris was the producer of KTLA-TV/Tribune's nationally syndicated "CyberGuy Report" with host Kurt Knutsson, CyberGuy. While working with CyberGuy, Kris did occasional freelance reporting for KTLA in Los Angeles and KSWB-TV in San Diego.
Kris has earned ten Emmy Awards, eight prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and was part of ABC7’s team of reporters honored with the 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage of the deadly Metro train collision. His work has also been recognized by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the San Diego Press Club, the Colorado Associated Press, the University of Southern California, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 2011 Kris was selected as a RIAS Berlin Komission Fellow.
He was born in Denver, but lived all over the western United States before settling into Pasadena, California. Kris graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California and remains an avid U.S.C Trojan football fan.
You can find him on twitter (@ABC7Kris) and Facebook (facebook.com/krisvancleavenews). Kris always welcomes story ideas.