Chris Wallace Bio, Wiki, Age, CNN, Wife, Fox News, NBC, ABC, Net worth, Salary, and Twitter

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Chris Wallace Profile

Chris Wallace is an American broadcast journalist. He is known for his tough and wide-ranging interviews, for which he is often compared to his father, 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace. Over his 50-year career in journalism, he has been a correspondent, moderator, or anchor on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, and now CNN.

Chris Wallace Age

Wallace is 76 years old as of 2023, he was born on 12th October 1947, in Chicago Illinois, United States of America. Additionally, he celebrates his birthday on the 12th of October every year.

Chris Wallace Height

He stands at an average height of 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Chris Wallace Family

Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois, to longtime CBS 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace and Norma Kaphan. Wallace is Jewish; both his parents were Jewish. He was named Christopher because he was born on Columbus Day. He has an elder brother, Peter (1942-1962), who died at the age of 19 after a mountain climbing accident.

His parents divorced when he was one year old; he grew up with his mother and stepfather Bill Leonard, President of CBS News. Leonard gave him early exposure to political journalism, hiring him as an assistant to Walter Cronkite at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Wallace did not develop a relationship with his father Mike until the age of 14.

Chris Wallace Education

Wallace attended the Hotchkiss School and Harvard College. He graduated from Havard University, he first reported news on-air for WHRB, the student radio station at Harvard. He memorably covered the 1969 student occupation of University Hall and was detained by a Cambridge police officer, using his one phone call to sign off a report from Cambridge City Jail with “This is Chris Wallace from WHRB News reporting from Middlesex County Jail in custody.”

Chris Wallace Wife

Wallace has been married twice. In 1973, he married Elizabeth Farrell. Currently, Wallace is married to Lorraine Martin Smothers and together they have six children total from previous marriages. Moreover, Wallace had four children, Peter, Megan, and twins Andrew and Catherine from his first marriage to Elizabeth Farrell. Smothers has one son and one daughter, Sarah, and Remick, from her past relationship.

Additionally, Wallace and Smothers tied the knot in 1997. It was the second marriage for both of them. Lorraine’s first marriage was to comedian and musician Dick Smothers, who is best known for his role on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS in the late 60s.

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Chris Wallace Career

After graduating from Harvard University, he worked as a national reporter for The Boston Globe where he was described as an “aggressive and ambitious reporter”. After seeing the impact television had on the news at the 1972 Republican National Convention, he focused on working on broadcast news, first at NBC (1975–1988), where he served as a White House correspondent alongside contemporaries CBS’s Lesley Stahl and ABC’s Sam Donaldson. Wallace also worked as the anchor for NBC Nightly News and host of Meet the Press.

He then worked for ABC, where he served as an anchor for Primetime Thursday and Nightline (1989–2003). Wallace is the only person to have served as host and moderator of more than one of the major U.S. political Sunday morning talk shows, which he did during his time at NBC.[8] From 2003 to 2021, Wallace hosted Fox News Sunday, on which his interviews with politicians such as Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin received acclaim.

Chris Wallace Fox News

He made history when he was chosen to moderate the final 2016 United States presidential debate between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, this being the first for a Fox News journalist. Additionally, he received praise from both sides of the aisle for his tough questioning of both presidential candidates, with The New York Times writing.

“Mr. Wallace mixed humor with scolding and persistence with patience to guide his charges toward the most substantive encounter of an unusually vicious election.” He was chosen again to moderate the first 2020 United States presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. After this debate, he referred to it as chaotic and unruly. In 2022, he began hosting a new interview series titled Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? which airs on CNN and HBO Max.

Chris Wallace NBC News

Wallace began his network journalism career with NBC in 1975, where he stayed for 14 years, as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City. Wallace then transferred to NBC’s Washington bureau as a political correspondent for NBC News. Later served as Washington co-anchor and news reader for the Today show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley in 1982.

That same year, he also served as chief White House correspondent (1982–1989), anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News (1982–1984, 1986–1987), and moderator of Meet the Press (1987–1988). On May 18, 1985, as part of an NBC News special, Wallace did a joint interview with Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at Camp David. Some journalists have described Wallace’s style as confrontational.

During President Ronald Reagan’s news conference in March 1987, Reagan admitted to dealing arms for hostages. Wallace asked Reagan why he had denied that Israel was involved with the arms sales to Iran “when you knew that wasn’t true.” In 1988, Wallace covered the 1988 Republican National Convention for NBC News where he interviewed political figures. Including real estate tycoon Donald Trump questioning him about flirting with running for political office.

Chris Wallace ABC News

Wallace left NBC in late 1988 for ABC. Sam Donaldson, ABC’s outgoing chief White House correspondent, said he was “delighted” and “very pleased”. That Wallace, his journalistic rival, would be joining the network saying, “I’ve always liked his work, I think he’s going to be a plus.” At ABC News, Wallace was the senior correspondent for Primetime Live and occasionally hosted Nightline. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, he reported from Tel Aviv on the Iraqi Scud missile attacks.

At the time, the Israeli government did not want to advertise where the Scuds landed, to prevent the Iraqis from making adjustments to their launchers. On one episode of Nightline, Wallace started describing the location in Tel Aviv where a Scud missile landed. Host Ted Koppel cut him off and asked him to point to a general area rather than give a specific location.

Chris Wallace Interview with Vladimir Putin

In July 2018, Wallace interviewed Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Wallace questioned Putin about why so many of his political opponents ended up dead and sought to hand Putin papers containing the indictment of 12 Russian agents for interference in the 2016 election.

Putin declined to touch the papers. According to The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, Putin was “clearly frustrated by a journalist challenging him”. According to The New York Times, Wallace’s interview was “widely praised”. Furthermore, his interview earned him a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Interview. It was the first News and Documentary Award in Fox News’ history.

Chris Wallace Presidential election

On November 3, Wallace joined Brit Hume, Juan Williams, and Dana Perino in Bret Baier and Martha McCallum’s election night coverage of the 2020 presidential election on Fox News. Wallace defended the network’s decision to call Arizona for Biden over Trump despite being under tremendous pressure from Trump and his campaign. Later that night, Trump prematurely declared victory in the election, saying: “Frankly, we did win this election,” despite there having been too few results received from other states for either Trump or Biden to have won.

Trump also stated he wanted “all the voting to stop”. Wallace reacted to the President’s claim by stating on air: “This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it. He hasn’t won these states … the president doesn’t get to say he won states … there’s no question that all these states can continue to count votes.” Wallace further condemned Trump’s wanting to halt votes from being counted by saying that it was “extremely irresponsible” and that he didn’t think the courts would allow it.

Chris Wallace Salary

He has an estimated annual salary of $30,000 to $80,000 from his career at CNN News.

Chris Wallace Net Worth

Wallace has an estimated annual net worth of $ 1 million to $5 million earned from his career as an Anchor.

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