Kris Ketz Biography
Kris Ketz is an American Anchor/Reporter working for KMBC 9 News where he serves the station as an Evening Anchor/Reporter and joined the station in 1993. He joined the station working as a Morning News Anchor before he went to join the Evening News team on July 4th, 1983.
Kris Ketz Career
Ketz works for KMBC 9 News serving the station as an Evening Anchor/Reporter. He has covered stories such as the South Central riots in Los Angeles Hurricane Andrew in Louisiana and national political conventions. In KMBC 9 News he has found himself in the right place at the right time.
He is an Emmy Award-award-winning anchor and investigative reporter having captured a Midwest Emmy for the best anchor role in 2008. Asides from this, he also won a 1991 for an in-depth report on the influence of the Ku Klux Klan in the Kansas City area. Asides from this, he was also nominated for a 2003 Emmy for best anchor.
He was also nominated for a 2011 Regional Emmy award for “general assignment reporting” for a heartwarming story about a first-time meeting between a heart transplant recipient and the donor’s family. Ketz was also one of 4 local television news anchors chosen to interview President Obama one-on-one in February 2015.
After about 14 years, he also co-anchored the weekday editions of KMBC 9 News at 5. This was before being named co-anchor for KMBC 9 News in October 2007. Asides from this, he was also named co-anchor of KMBC 9 News weeknights at 6, 9, and 10 PM in the month of May 2015.
He is a proud graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Ketz kick-started his broadcasting career at the age of 18 as a weekend news anchor for radio station WQUA in Moline, Illinois. He also progressed to afternoon and morning anchor until he became the station’s news director.
He also broke into television four years later with WQAD-TV in Moline in the year 1981. Ketz rose from weekend co-anchor/producer to weeknight co-anchor at WQAD. As a highlight of Kris’ career, he was the chance to co-anchor a Father’s Day edition of KMBC 9 News at 10 with his father in the year 1998.
He was also named “Best Reporter” in a reader’s poll in Kansas City Magazine for 2003 and 2001. Asides from this, he was also the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Barbara Potts award from Hope House for raising community awareness about domestic violence in Kansas City.
Hope House happens to be the largest domestic violence shelter in Missouri with centers in Independence and Lee’s Summit. Asides from this, he was an active member of the Hispanic Media Association of Greater Kansas City. He was also active in raising money on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association through his involvement with the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Asides from this, he has been a co-host of local MDA telethons in Kansas City and the Quad Cities since 1980.
His 25th anniversary at Channel 9 was marked by a special congratulatory resolution introduced and approved by the Kansas City, Mo. City Council in August 2008. In the month of October 2012 was inducted into the liver Circle of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences(NATAS). This is an elite group of professionals recognized for making a significant contribution to television in the last 25 years or more.
Kris Ketz Age
Ketz likes to keep his personal life private and hence has not yet disclosed the year and month he was born. It is therefore unknown when he celebrates her birthday. However, he might be in his 50s.
Kris Ketz Height
He stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches.
Kris Ketz Family
Ketz was born and raised in the United State to loving and caring parents. His father, Jim Kim, happens to have anchored the news for over 35 years on WQAD-TV. He worked for the station until his demise in January 1999.
Kris Ketz Wife
Ketz is married to his beautiful wife, Dana Wright. Wright works as a co-host for “Dana and Parks” on weekday afternoons on 98.1 FM KMBZ. Together, the duo is proud parents to their son, Jonathan Ketz who happens to be a journalist.
Kris Ketz Net Worth
Ketz has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as an Anchor/Reporter.
Kris Ketz Salary
Ketz earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Kris Ketz KMBC 9 News
Ketz works at KMBC 9 News where he works alongside other famous KMBC 9 News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Danielle Grant
- Pete Grigsby
- Neville Miller
- Bryan Busby
- Katie Horner
- Nick Bender
- Karen Kornacki
- Len Jennings
- Len Dawson
- Donna Pitman
- Emily Holwick
- Kelly Eckerman
- Cody Holyoke
- Larry Moore
- Johnny Rowlands
- Brian Johnson
- Martin Augustine
- Rob Hughes