AUSTIN (KXAN) - Award-winning news anchor Chris Willis has been named lead investigator for the KXAN investigative team.
Willis plays a key role in the station's commitment to provide in-depth, investigative reports to the community every day. He will lead Austin's only investigative team exposing wrongdoing and holding those responsible accountable.
Willis most recently co-anchored KXAN News Today, playing an integral part in the market's biggest breaking news stories such as the Fort Hood shooting, UT campus shooting, and recent wildfires in Bastrop.
"Chris Willis' tenacity, skills and journalistic passion combined with 12 years news experience in Austin at KXAN will tremendously strengthen our investigative efforts and ultimately our mission to improve the local community," said Eric Lassberg, KXAN president and general manager.
Michael Fabac, KXAN news director, said Willis brings a solid news background to his new role.
"His experiences in the field and from behind the anchor desk have allowed Chris the opportunity to develop unmatched relationships with our audience and the newsmakers of Austin," Fabac said.
Willis and the KXAN News Today team were awarded an Emmy for the Best Morning News Program in 2010. He has been recognized by the Associated Press for Best Spot News, Team Coverage, Breaking News, Best Anchor and Best Investigative Reporter.
Willis joined the KXAN team in December 1999 as a morning anchor. He became a field senior correspondent in 2005 focusing on breaking news and special reports before returning to the KXAN News Today anchor desk in May 2007. Prior to joining KXAN Willis was evening news anchor for WDEF in Chattanooga and served as news director for KSWT in Yuma, Arizona and Big Sky Broadcasting/KB Media in Helena, Mont.
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