43 Facts About Chris Wallace


Christopher Wallace was born on October 12,1947 and is an American broadcast journalist.


Chris Wallace is known for his tough and wide-ranging interviews, for which he is often compared to his father, 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace.


Chris Wallace worked the anchor for NBC Nightly News and host of Meet the Press.


Chris Wallace then worked for ABC, where he served as an anchor for Primetime Thursday and Nightline.


Chris Wallace is the only person to have served as host and moderator of more than one of the major US political Sunday morning talk shows, which he did during his time at NBC.


From 2003 to 2021, Chris Wallace hosted Fox News Sunday, on which his interviews with politicians such as Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin received acclaim.


Chris Wallace made history when he was chosen to moderate the final 2016 United States presidential debate between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, this being the first for a Fox News journalist.


Chris Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois, to longtime CBS 60 Minutes reporter Mike Chris Wallace and Norma Kaphan.


Chris Wallace was named Christopher because he was born on Columbus Day.


Chris Wallace had an elder brother, Peter, who died at the age of 19 after a mountain climbing accident.


Chris Wallace's parents divorced when he was one year old; he grew up with his mother and stepfather Bill Leonard, President of CBS News.


Chris Wallace did not develop a relationship with his father Mike until the age of 14.


Chris Wallace first reported news on-air for WHRB, the student radio station at Harvard.


Chris Wallace soon focused his attention towards broadcast television news as an assistant to Walter Cronkite at the 1964 Republican National Convention.


Chris Wallace noticed the power of television when he saw all the reporters at the 1972 political conventions were watching the proceedings on televisions instead of in person.


Chris Wallace began his network journalism career with NBC in 1975, where he stayed for 14 years, as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City.


Chris Wallace then transferred to NBC's Washington bureau as a political correspondent for NBC News and later served as Washington co-anchor and news reader for the Today show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley in 1982.


On May 18,1985, as part of an NBC News special, Chris Wallace did a joint interview with Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at Camp David.


In 1988, Chris Wallace covered the 1988 Republican National Convention for NBC News where he interviewed political figures including real estate tycoon Donald Trump questioning him about flirting with running for political office.


On one episode of Nightline, Chris Wallace started describing the location in Tel Aviv where a Scud missile landed.


On March 3,2016, Chris Wallace joined Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly in moderating the 2016 Republican Party Presidential debate on Fox News.


Chris Wallace received notable praise from both sides of the aisle for his tough questioning of both presidential candidates at that last presidential debate of the 2016 election.


In July 2018, Chris Wallace conducted an interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


Chris Wallace questioned Putin about why so many of his political opponents end up dead, and sought to hand Putin papers containing the indictment of 12 Russian agents for interference in the 2016 election.


Chris Wallace's interview earned him a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Interview.


On January 27,2020, Chris Wallace got into a heated exchange with conservative pundit Katie Pavlich of TownHall.


On July 19,2020, Chris Wallace sat down with President Donald Trump for a wide-ranging interview outside The White House.


Chris Wallace earned praise for holding Trump accountable and fact-checking him in real-time.


On November 3, Chris Wallace joined Brit Hume, Juan Williams, Dana Perino in Bret Baier and Martha McCallum's election night coverage of the 2020 presidential election on Fox News.


Chris Wallace defended the network's decision to call Arizona for Biden over Trump despite being under tremendous pressure from Trump and his campaign.


Chris Wallace stated the show was inspired by Larry King, Charlie Rose, and his father Mike Chris Wallace.


Chris Wallace had complained to Fox management about its opinion hosts, in particular Sean Hannity's and Tucker Carlson's increasing emphasis on untruths about the January 6 United States Capitol attack and the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.


Chris Wallace said the work environment at Fox grew "increasingly unsustainable" for him after the 2020 election.


Chris Wallace competed against BBC journalist Katty Kay, and television personality Dr Oz.


Chris Wallace won the game with $22,400 to Kay's $8,000 and Oz's $5,900.


In July 2019, Chris Wallace appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote a documentary about his father, Mike Chris Wallace is Here.


In June 2020, Chris Wallace published his third book, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World, with Mitch Weiss.


Chris Wallace has said that despite his blood relationship with his father, Mike, his stepfather, Bill Leonard, had far more impact on his life.


Chris Wallace said that Leonard was "the single most important person in my life".


Chris Wallace first developed a relationship with his father in his teens, after his older brother Peter died in 1962 climbing a mountain in Greece.


In 2006, The Washington Post reported that Chris Wallace was registered as a Democrat in Washington, DC, and had been so for more than two decades.


In 2016, Chris Wallace was portrayed by Tom Hanks on Saturday Night Live in the Third Presidential Debate Cold Open.


In 2019, Chris Wallace was portrayed by Marc Evan Jackson in Jay Roach's film Bombshell.