Chris O'Connell joined the FOX 29 News team in September 2010 as a general assignment reporter. He also co-anchors the Friday evening newscasts.
After spending 20 years reporting for TV news outlets around the country, Chris moved back home to Philadelphia from Minnesota, where he was an anchor and reporter for KSTP in St. Paul. 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.
In addition to an Emmy Award for Outstanding General Assignment Reporting, Chris has 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 worked at WRTI-FM while completing his bachelor's degree in radio-television-film. He spent a semester overseas in London, working at the ABC News bureau. He grew up on Wallingford, Delaware County, PA, and attended Strath Haven High School.
Chris is very involved with The Friends of Alexander Deihl Foundation, a charity helping families of terminally ill children. It was founded in honor of Chris' "Superman" nephew, who suffers from the rare disease, Menke's Syndrome. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, Chris spends time with his wife, twin daughters and yellow lab Chester at his home in Delaware County, Pa. He enjoys cooking and is a big fan of all the Philadelphia sports teams. Chris' "career highlight" came in February 2018 when he traveled to Minneapolis to cover the Eagles victory in Super Bowl LVII.
A local charity's mission to deliver care packages to kids battling cancer at CHOP, St. Christopher's, and Nemours Children's Hospitals has come to a standstill after police say the organization's SUV was stolen.
Medford native Brenden Aaronson is playing for the United States National team on the biggest world stage there is, the FIFA World Cup.
A Delaware County mayor is facing charges after he allegedly attacked a Councilmember during a contentious meeting earlier this month.
FOX 29's Chris O'Connell ran into Leonard Castellanos, or "Grandpa" as he's called, as he navigated a sea of Braves fans at Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The moment has since gone viral on social media.
The Phillies Red October is officially underway, with the team taking on the St. Louis Cardinals for the best of three. Game one is in the books, with the Phillies making a phenomenal ninth-inning comeback to beat the Cardinals 6-3.
More than a decade ago, the talented trio of Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright helped power the St. Louis Cardinals past the Philadelphia Phillies in the divisional round of the playoffs, and to a World Series title.
North Philadelphia glowing bright Wednesday night, with the lights of police cars lining the street outside Shriners Hospital for Children, just to put a smile on the young patients’ faces.
A Wings of Rescue flight, carrying almost 70 shelter animals rescued from Florida, arrived in New Castle on Monday night.
Authorities are searching for three teenagers accused of a broad daylight armed carjacking of an elderly man in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood.
Authorities executed a search warrant at a Chester County property in connection to the 2014 disappearance of Amanda DeGuio, according to law enforcement sources.