Chris Papst is a national award-winning reporter and best-selling author.
As an investigative reporter, Chris' work has led to changes in state policy and the drafting of new state laws while sparking criminal investigations. As an author, his book, Capital Murder (April 2015), hit #1 on Amazon in three categories. His second book, Devolution (a novel), is set for a June 2016 release.
In 2015, Chris won a National Headliner Award for his series on When Dogs Attack.
His report exposing America's "billion dollar judge" caught the attention of the United States Congress, which discussed his findings during a Government Oversight Committee hearing. After his story aired, the judge was subpoenaed to testify, under oath, in front of Congress in Washington, D.C. His report can now be found in congressional record.
Chris' story "Lottery Winner on Welfare" resulted in PA House Bill 1489, which amends state law mandating big-time lottery winners be checked for welfare status.
Twice, Chris appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News to discuss his exclusive welfare investigations. This series also won the prestigious "Truth in Finance" award presented by PICPA.
Chris earned an Emmy for the investigative piece Inmates on Unemployment, which prompted PA lawmakers to change state policy saving taxpayers millions. In 2011, he not only earned an Emmy for an investigative piece on legislative pensions, but he also took home an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2009, he won his first Emmy for his coverage of US Airways Flight 1549.
Over his career, Chris has received nearly two dozen Associated Press and State Broadcasters Association awards for best Enterprise Reporting, Spot News, Live Shot, Feature Reporting and more.
He has done multiple live shots for MSNBC, appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNBC, and was the focus of The Weather Channel documentary "Weather Caught on Tape."
His investigative series on TLC's reality show Breaking Amish received international attention and was featured and discussed during the show's reunion episode. His reporting on The Discovery Channel's Amish Mafia was also featured in its season finale.
Capital Murder: An Investigative Reporter's Hunt for Answers in a Collapsing City (Sunbury Press) details Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's epic financial collapse as seen through the eyes of an investigative reporter.
A Pennsylvania native, Chris' broadcast career has taken him to KCWY in Casper, WY; WMTV in Madison, WI; and WHP in Harrisburg, PA. He lives in Maryland.