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.
Philly's iconic I Goldberg Army & Navy is shutting their doors on Friday after 100 years. If you grew up in Philly, chances are you got your gloves, your hats and your heavy coats at the store.
Peacocks are roaming around one Cape May County town while their owner is trying to round them up to bring them to their new home.
The Springfield Swim Club is expected to reopen Tuesday morning after flood damage forced it to close for five days.
It took nearly 70 years but it finally got to its final destination. A thrift store donation turned out to be a missing link to the past for the family of a Korean War veteran from Berks County, which led to an emotional moment.
Storms rolled through the area Wednesday afternoon bringing heavy downpours, strong winds and localized flooding.
Princeton police say they believe the same man may be responsible in a string of groping incidents over the last five years.
The owner of Tom’s Dim Sum Mania opened up a new restaurant 20 feet away from his former partner of Tom’s Dim Sum Media.
The mayor of Ocean City, New Jersey is pleading with visitors to stop feeding the seagulls.
Pending approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia Health Commissioner’s Office, the anticipated dates for the gradual closure of Hahnemann Hospital's operations are as follows: