August of 2019 marks the second tour of duty for Chris Francis at KIRO 7 News. A veteran of 26 years in local broadcasting, Francis is the Sports Director at KIRO 7, producing and anchoring all of the station's sportscasts and special programming. This includes GameDay Live, coverage of March Madness and the Emmy-nominated Steve Raible Scouting Report, seen every Saturday night during the NFL season.
Prior to rejoining KIRO, Francis was in the Bay Area for three years as an anchor for the PAC 12 Network where he delivered highlights and reports on everything from volleyball and soccer to the Network's flagship football and basketball shows. A perk of covering the PAC 12 -- he was able to keep a keen eye on the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars.
At KIRO 7 from 2009 to 2016, Francis wore two hats: the weekend sports anchor and a general assignment news reporter. Other previous stops include Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Wilmington, N.C. and Norfolk, Virginia. Francis began his broadcast career waking up early (when the alarm was loud enough) to edit tapes for the morning show at WGME in Portland, Maine.
He is a proud University of Akron graduate and, yes, he can tell you why they chose Zips as a nickname.
On the rare day there is no sporting news in Seattle, Chris spends his time in Issaquah with his wife, Alexis, son, Connor, and daughter, Danielle.