Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson

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Posted on January 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 29 at 9:28 AM

Chris Swanson joined NorthWest Cable News in July 2007 as a sports reporter, anchor, and producer for NorthWest Sports Tonight with Paul Silvi.  The television trail that led Chris back home to the Pacific Northwest also blazed through Eastern Montana, the Columbia Basin, Willamette Valley, and America's dairyland in the Midwest.

Swanson served as the weekend sports anchor at WISC-TV in Madison, Wis., from 2002 to 2005.  Before covering the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, Chris was the sports director at KTVQ-TV in Billings, Mont.  Other cities where Chris and his wife loaded and unloaded a moving truck for his sports jobs include Eugene, Ore., at KMTR-TV, and KEPR-TV in Pasco, Wash.  Chris was also a freelance sports radio host for the KXLY radio group in Spokane and a freelance sports producer at KING-TV in Seattle.

"I wanted to be a sportscaster because when I was growing up, sports was all I would talk about. Since I couldn't play like I used to, but could still talk about sports constantly, I decided to get paid for it.  In this technologic age of 500 channel digital satellites and cable, I'm blessed to be able to put Northwest sports coverage out there for viewers to enjoy.  Unlike other networks, at NorthWest Cable News, we can put the focus on our regional teams instead of making people at home snore through 40 minutes of national highlights and analysis before they finally show one or two plays of the Mariners game that night."

Swanson grew up in Puyallup, Wash., and is a 1993 graduate of Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma.  It was during those years as a Cardinal baseball player where he learned the art of 'talking' about sports better than playing them.  He might be the only player in school history to earn two varsity baseball letters but still have a prep career batting average of under .240 at F.P.

From there it was on to Pierce College at Puyallup and then to Washington State University in Pullman.  Chris graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication in 1998, earning a B.A. in communication with emphasis in broadcast news, and a minor in American history.  He originally grew up cheering for the Huskies but those feelings changed after seeing a football game on TV which featured a snow covered Martin Stadium on November 21, 1992.

"Watching Drew Bledsoe pick apart UW and seeing the Cougar fans cheering in the stands with snow falling down at the '92 Apple Cup made me wish I was there.  It was that day when I began to think WSU was a school I should see for myself."

Oddly, Chris didn't visit Pullman until the day he moved there, almost four years later.  In the end it turned out to be the perfect place for him.  He met his future wife at WSU, met lifelong friends, and learned how to live away from the 'big city' for the first time.  A lesson he would take with him to Montana years later.

Chris is an avid Northwest sports fan which makes him a great fit to work on NorthWest Sports Tonight.  He's cheered for the Seahawks, Mariners, Supersonics, Blazers, and the Vancouver Canucks ever since he can remember.  Chris also lived in Northern Virginia for a few years as a child, so he has a soft spot for the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, and Baltimore Orioles.  His Great Grandfather even pitched for the Washington Senators from 1913 to 1921.

Swanson has also been honored for his work in broadcasting earning the Montana Associated Press "Best TV Sports Coverage" award in 2000 and 2002.  He was also a runner-up for "Sportscaster of the Year" in 2001 and "Sports Enterprise of the Year" in 2002 by the Montana Broadcasters Association.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and children, traveling, talking with friends, and mastering every EA Sports football game that comes out.  You can catch Chris Swanson on NorthWest Sports Tonight on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. or on NorthWest Cable News whenever there is breaking news in the regional sports scene.   Feel free to drop him a line with a story idea or comment at .

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