Chris Schauble is the Black news anchor with television good looks and the resonating baritone voice that millions of Los Angeles residents wake-up to each morning as they get up to the minute local, state and national news on the popular “Today In LA” morning news show on NBC Channel 4.
Chris is also the doting father to two sets of twin girls, a loving husband, a tireless community worker, an outspoken advocate for foster children, and the community’s ‘go-to-guy” when a celebrity is needed to chair, host, or emcee a charitable event that is for the benefit of those in need.
Renita Tyson, Area Development director for the United Negro College Fund, only one of dozens of individual organization representatives who have called-upon Schauble over the last seven years, since joining Channel 4, could not say enough good things about him as well as the time, support and effort he has expended on behalf of their Annual Walk for Education which he has emceed for the last five years.
“We think the world of Chris,” Tyson said. “He has always been a wonderful host and he brings a level of energy and enthusiasm that makes him a pure delight for everyone. He unselfishly gives of his time and he is genuinely sincere in helping our cause.”
Her comments echoed the many letters of appreciation and commendations he has amassed that adorn his Burbank, California office.
“Chris is not only extremely professional, he is also very down-to-earth and is able to ‘connect’ with everyone with whom he has contact,” Tyson continued. “He is a terrific father and a model that successful people should emulate.”
In addition to his primary assignment as a co-anchor on “Today In LA,” Schauble also serves as general assignment reporter for the station. Since joining the station in June 2001, he has distinguished himself among his peers for his professional excellence as well as his community service.
Earlier this year he was named to the “40 under 40” list by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and has won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award and shared in five Golden Mike Awards.
Bob Long, KNBC News director said, “Chris is a delight at work. He is a good guy and his enthusiasm is refreshing. I appreciate having him in my newsroom.”
Schauble came to the NBC-owned and operated station from KCNC-TV in Denver, Colorado where he had been a Reporter/fill-in Anchor for the station’s newscasts. His extensive coverage of the Columbine High School shootings helped the station earn a local area Emmy for Best Spot News and in 2000 Schauble was named “TV Person of the Year” by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.
Prior to KCNC-TV, Schauble was the main news anchor at WBMG-TV in Birmingham, Alabama. He received an Associated Press Award for Best Series in 1996. In addition he also served as the morning anchor for WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina and he was a reporter/fill-in anchor for WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama.
Schauble was a very good academic performer in school and also earned several athletic scholarships because of his performance on the football field. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and was honored by Fort Lewis College with the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Schauble recalled working 48 hours on the Columbine campus without a break. “Columbine had the most impact of any story I have ever covered, hands down.” he explained. “The full range of emotions I experienced with the students and parents, the images of death, dying and suffering and the lingering affect on those who experienced that terrible tragedy will last a lifetime.”
In addition to his work as a television journalist, Schauble has been an instructor for speech communications, media research analysis at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama and was a guest instructor at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.
As an adoptee himself, Schauble has dedicated much of his free time helping needy children find homes. He has been recognized with four proclamations from the City and County of Los Angeles for his community service.
This reporter caught-up with Schauble recently at one of the regional offices of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) offices where he had been invited to keynote address an orientation at their Community Job Fair.
The event’s primary purpose was to provide an orientation for the new and aspiring county social workers that will be charged with the day-to-day responsibility of handling the cases of the thousands of foster children in the custody of the DCFS.
Schauble speaks and answers questions with passion and full emotion in recalling some of his experiences as an adoptee, having been adopted shortly after birth, and provides a personal insight that certainly offers inspiration to the individuals who have the ‘calling’ and belief in families to deal with the sometimes 24-hour responsibility of managing some of our regions most challenged and troubled young people.
Among other encouraging words, Schauble offered some advice about getting more positive media coverage related to foster care. “One way to garner positive media coverage,” he explained, “is to develop personal and positive relationships with members of the media.”
Brad Pye Jr., DCFS director who had invited Schauble to attend the open house, presented him as an outstanding journalist and a man who cares for children. In thanking Schauble for his attendance, he said of Schauble, “The things we do for others turn strangers into brothers and sisters.”
After that late Saturday morning event, Schauble dashed from Hawthorne, California to the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center where he greeted fans and patrons of the NBC 4 Los Angeles Travel Exposition.
With warmth and sincerity Schauble greeted all of his admirers with his winning smile, a kind word as well as an autographed picture and photograph, and then graciously accepted the comments many of the women, accompanied by their husbands, humorously shared with a smile. “I enjoy waking up with you every morning.”
Schauble admits that he enjoys giving of himself to support worthy community causes and feels that he is able to balance the rigorous demands of being a daily early-morning news anchor with his community service activities and the five demanding women in his life.
“My wife and I tried to start our family and later determined that in-vitro fertilization would be the most effective,” Schauble said. “That produced our first set of twin girls and the second set of twins was a blessing and a very pleasant surprise.”
Before the Travel Expo ended and Schauble began the drive from downtown to Santa Clarita to share an afternoon barbecue and pool party with his wife and daughters, he shared some of his thoughts about the importance of giving back to the community.
“I like to be accessible and I try to make sure the community knows I am accessible,” Schauble admitted. “I feel a sense of responsibility to assist children in getting adopted. I believe in families, even though I have never met my biological family, and I want to share my desire for a better community.”