Chris Connelly is a contributor to ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” He is also a correspondent for ESPN, where he regularly reports on the latest sports news. Since joining ABC News in 2001, Connelly has reported on the latest news in the world of pop culture, including being a featured contributor to ABC News’ network-wide coverage of Michael Jackson’s death.
Connelly joined “Good Morning America” in Los Angeles for their coverage of the 80th Annual Academy Awards. To many he is best known for his work as a co-host/interviewer for the official Academy Awards red carpet pre-show. He has interviewed writer Anne Rice and county music stars Gretchen Wilson and The Dixie Chicks. He has also contributed reports to hour-long examinations on the topics of rudeness, privilege and winning. He has profiled many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Ethan Hawke and Geena Davis, interviewed Tina Brown for her book, The Diana Chronicles, and Patti Boyd for her book, Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me.
Connelly began his television career in the spring of 1988 as a host, writer and interviewer specializing in the movies for the MTV Television Network. He stayed with the network until September of 2001. At MTV, he was also a correspondent for MTV News, and was the recipient of a News Emmy nomination for writing the “Where Were You at 22?” documentary about the young lives of presidential candidates, a documentary in which he served as interviewer and host. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as a writer for the Peabody Award-winning 9/11 benefit, “America: A Tribute to Heroes.” A three-time Sports Emmy-Award winner, he is also the recipient of four prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Connelly began his journalism career at Rolling Stone, where he wrote the magazine’s first cover stories on Madonna, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and U2, among others. Concurrent with most of his days at MTV, he later served for nine years as a full-time editor and occasional writer for the late, lamented magazine about the movies, Premiere.
Born and raised in New York City, Connelly now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Gretchen, and their three children, Henry, Rose and Gabriel.
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