Chris Wragge of WCBS Carves Out Niche as News Anchor

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Five years ago, the story to tell about Rutherford, New Jersey, native Chris Wragge was his triumphant return. In 2004, Wragge was named the sports director and weeknight sports anchor at WCBS-TV, replacing local legend Warner Wolf.

Fast forward two years, and Wragge is put in position to receive even more visibility, when station executives make him an offer he can’t refuseweeknight news anchor.

In hindsight, Wragge said they were doing him a favor with the promotion, given the dramatic changes to the local sports landscape.

Initially, Wragge, teamed with Kristine Johnson, handled the station’s daily noon and 5 p.m. newscasts. Seven months later, the duo got upgraded to main anchor team for the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts.

Despite an affinity for sports, Wragge, 39, knew a move to news could only help his career in the long run.

“I wanted to be as versatile as I possibly could in this line of work. This [news] was the one box on my resume that had not been checked off.” More…