Chris Connelly
Chris Connelly
Chris Connelly is an American sports and entertainment reporter. Connelly joined ESPN in 2001 to host the daily interview program Unscripted with Chris Connelly, designed to be a more contemporary version of the long-running Up Close interview show which previously occupied the 5PM ET timeslot. The show, which premiered on the same day as Pardon the Interruption, lasted only a few months before being replaced by an early SportsCenter and eventually Around The Horn.
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WATCH: The Best Films to See During the Holidays
ABC News - about 2 months
ABC News' Chris Connelly previews the best films to see with you family.
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Watch: 'The Revenant' Leads With 12 Academy Award Nominations
ABC News - about 1 year
Chris Connelly, ABC, and Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly discuss the 2016 Oscar nominees.
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ESPN Is Shutting Down Grantland, 'Effective Immediately'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ESPN is shutting down popular sports site Grantland effective immediately, the company announced Friday in a statement posted on ESPN's site. The decision, which was described as "a very recent one" by ESPN chronicler James Miller, comes mere months after founder Bill Simmons left the popular sports site, and amid continued staff turnover. The following statement was posted on ESPN's website explaining the decision: Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.    Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and st ...
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Eva Longoria on Her ESPN and NBC Series and the Truth About Gregg Popovich
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
From the time he was a little boy, Sebastien De La Cruz absolutely knew his priorities "There are three things that are important in my life - God, family and mariachi," said the San Antonio native who made it to the semifinals on America's Got Talent and was called "the boy with the golden voice." So imagine his bliss when 11-year-old De La Cruz was asked to sing the national anthem at game 3 of the NBA finals in 2013. (He filled in for Darius Rucker at the last minute.) De La Cruz's beloved San Antonio Spurs were playing the Miami Heat. Decked out in a silver-and-black Spurs-inspired mariachi outfit he performed a spectacular rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and charmed the crowd. The next day when De La Cruz was home getting ready for school he got a very unexpected call from a radio station. The fifth-grader learned that a barrage of haters and bigots tweeted racist remarks -- calling him an illegal alien and wetback. (In fact, De La Cruz was born in Texas. His father ser ...
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Woman Sentenced for Tormenting Couple Says She Was 'Devastated' Over Losing Bidding War
Yahoo News - about 2 years
A San Diego woman who was sentenced for stalking a married couple was upset she had lost her dream home to them in a bidding war. “I had put so much hope into this house,” Kathy Rowe told ABC's Chris Connelly in an exclusive interview that will air in full Friday on ABC News' "20/20." “When I walked in, it felt like my house... it’s almost like, you know, you hear bluebirds sing and music play. Those winning homebuyers were Janice Ruhter and Jerry Rice, a married couple with a young child and a new baby on the way, who had dumped their life savings into what they thought would be their dream home.
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ESPN series ‘My Wish’ features two Houston youngsters
Houston Chronicle - over 2 years
Cam Newton made six-year-old George Gring’s dream come true by spending the day with the youngster from Texas. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/MCT) Two Houston youngsters are featured in ESPN’s annual “My Wish” series, in which children facing life-threatening medical issues are paired with athletes through the Make-A-Wish foundation. The series began Sunday on “SportsCenter” and will continue on the daily newscast this week. The first episode Sunday featured 6-year-old George Gring, the son of Clayton and Katherine Gring of Houston, who spent a day earlier this spring with his favorite player, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The child, known to his family as “Mighty George,” was diagnosed last year with lymphoma, underwent surgery and is now in remission. Monday’s episode, which debuts on the 5 p.m. “SportsCenter,” will feature Jace Andrews of Montgomery, 12, the son of John and Julie Andrews, who joined his favorite player, Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox, in mid-Ma ...
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Michael Sam, Manliness, and Those Anonymous NFL Executives and Coaches
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Missouri All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam didn't go on a fact-finding mission to see if the NFL, and NFL team executives felt ready to deal with a college All-American and legitimate NFL prospect who just happened to be a gay man. Nope, he just decided that he was proud of who he was, and the NFL and everyone else would just have to deal with it. Sunday Night Sam told ESPN's Chris Connelly that he was gay, and quite content and proud of who he was. "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin." It didn't take too long to detect who was not comfortable in his skin, hours after Sam's interview went public, Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke to one unnamed NFL general manager who thinks there's a chance that Sam coming-out as a gay man could actually cause the All-American to go un-drafted. That same anonymous general manager also feels that Sam is an overr ...
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Mizzou's Michael Sam says he's gay (Chris Connelly/ESPN)
Memeorandum - about 3 years
Chris Connelly / ESPN: Mizzou's Michael Sam says he's gay  —  Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in an interview with ESPN's “Outside the Lines” on Sunday.  —  Sam stated publicly what his teammates …
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Texas fire review panel flags work in 2 cases
Fox News - over 3 years
A Texas fire review panel flagged two quarter-century-old arson cases on Wednesday, saying investigators were mistaken in finding that the defendants set intentional fires. The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office convened the panel of fire experts earlier this year to review cases for potential problems, in a rare collaboration with criminal justice advocates who say a significant number of arson-related convictions rest on faulty conclusions. The Innocence Project of Texas conducted a survey of arson cases and referred several to the panel. The two cases identified Wednesday are the murder conviction of Ed Graf, a Waco-area man found guilty of setting a 1986 fire that killed his two stepsons, and the arson conviction of Douglas Victor Boyington for a 1988 fire at a Houston-area apartment building. Both men are behind bars, though an appeal in Graf's case led to the conviction and life sentence being set aside. Prosecutors in McLennan County h ...
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Officials: No breakthrough yet in Texas explosion
Fox News - almost 4 years
Investigators working to figure out what caused a massive, deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have talked to more than 370 people and received more than 200 tips as they continue to search for a breakthrough. Two weeks after the April 17 blast that killed at least 14 people, agents compare their work to solving a puzzle or completing an archaeological dig. "We're trying to find the critical piece," said Chris Connealy, the state fire marshal, on Thursday. Their work is complex for several reasons: the magnitude of the blast at West Fertilizer, which knocked out windows and rooftops all over the tiny town of West and registered as a small earthquake; the deaths of 10 first responders and two others who volunteered to help; and the spread of debris as far as two miles away. Agents are using digital mapping of the plant, rakes, shovels and front-end loaders to sift through dirt and rubble over an approximately 15-acre sit ...
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Lauren Drell: Rolling Stones Big 5-0 Tribute 'CIMMpathy' part of CIMMfest No. 5
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If the annual Chicago International Music & Movies Festival (CIMMfest), now in it's fifth year, whispers ever-so-slightly a familiarity akin to Austin's South By Southwest in its younger years, that's likely because co-founders Josh Chicoine (formerly of The M's) and documentary filmmaker Ilko Davidov have married film, music and conversations and spawned them into an ever-growing mixed media extravaganza now celebrating its fifth birthday (and hey, the co-founder of the SXSW Music Conference, Louis Black, sits on CIMMfest's advisory board). This year, the fest's estimated to more than double last year's number of 8,500 attendees, attracting both locals and out-of-towners to a slew of venues across the city for four days of screenings, concerts and panels that runs from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, 2013. CIMMfest No. 5 trailer "I think that's the coolest thing about what we do -- we program and pick the things that we think are best to tell the stor ...
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Watch: Keeping It Off
ABC News - about 4 years
Everyone knows that's the real battle of the bulge - Chris Connelly explores how to win the fight.
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Golden Globe Nominations 2013: Who Are the Big Surprises?
ABC News - about 4 years
Chris Connelly explains why some selections are more surprising than others.
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'The Larry Sanders Show' Cast Reunites
Huffington Post - over 4 years
“The Larry Sanders Show” was a 1990s TV trailblazer: shot documentary-style and without a laugh track, the HBO comedy about a fictional late night show relied on awkward humor, sharp dialogue and celebrity cameos to create its signature satirical style. "Good Morning America" hosted a mini-"Larry Sanders Show" reunion Friday, where Gary Shandling and Jeffrey Tambor reflected on the show's legacy and told some stories about its early days. Tambor told Chris Connelly he knew the show would be a hit from the moment he read the script, but was less sure his character Hank Kingsley's catchphrase "Hey now" would catch on. "When I read the script, I said, 'I could see it.' I think I was the most convinced of anybody ... Well I actually didn't think 'Hey now,' was gonna deliver, but [Shandling] said, 'Just say it."' In an interview with EW, Shandling expanded on the show's influence on the TV landscape, which can be readily seen on shows like "The Office" and "30 Rock." "I was s ...
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Emmy's Red Carpet Fashion Preview
ABC News - over 4 years
Suze Yalof Schwartz of tallskinnyrich.com and Chris Connelly discuss red carpet style.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Connelly
    THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Died in 2001.
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    Connelly joined ESPN in 2001 to host the daily interview program Unscripted with Chris Connelly, designed to be a more contemporary version of the long-running Up Close interview show which previously occupied the 5PM ET timeslot.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which premiered on the same day as Pardon the Interruption, lasted only a few months before being replaced by an early SportsCenter and eventually Around The Horn. Since the cancellation of "Unscripted," Connelly has reported and narrated the long-form human interest reports that air on SportsCenter on weekends. Most notably, he annually does a one week series called "My Wish" involving athletes fulfilling kid's Make a Wish Foundation wishes. Connelly also helped ABC and ESPN cover the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2006; he conducted interviews with finalists who had just been eliminated. Before joining ESPN, Connelly worked for Rolling Stone Magazine, as a music critic. During the 1980s he also served as Special Music Correspondent for Good Morning America, which involved interviewing the music stars of the day. Next Connelly spent nine years at MTV (1993 - 2001). He hosted the pre-shows for the MTV Movie Awards and prior to that, The Big Picture, a weekly show with features and movie reviews. He was also an editor and reporter for Premiere magazine, eventually becoming Editor in Chief. After six months however, Connelly resigned in a dispute over journalistic integrity after the owner of the magazine reportedly asked that he quash a story that unfavorably portrayed a business associate.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Born in 1993.
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