Some call me "Mr. Weather", but those who know me best simply call me Kris!
I was born in Albuquerque, NM, and my parents are from Clovis. I grew up in Albuquerque and went to La Cueva High School where I played varsity football as a left guard and center. I was also a member of the La Cueva speech and debate team, and was even talented enough to compete in the national tournament in Washington, D.C.
I began my college career at Eastern New Mexico University. Upon arriving at Eastern, I had planned to pursue a degree in Bio Chemical Engineering but a few days after September 11, I joined KENW TV - 3 and News 3 New Mexico, the leading PBS affiliate in Eastern New Mexico. There, I was a reporter and photographer, but soon moved to weather.
I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a B.S. in Broadcast Production. I also completed a second B.S. in Atmospheric Science (Geo-sciences) with Mississippi State University, and most recently completed my Masters in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University.
After leaving college I worked as the weekend Meteorologist and weekday photographer with the KZTV Action 10 News in Corpus Christi, Texas where I spent two years forecasting hurricanes and local weather.
I longed to return to my Eastern New Mexico roots, so in late 2007, I accepted a position with KAMR NBC4 in Amarillo, Texas. There I was the morning meteorologist and co-host of Today in Amarillo. I also got the added perk of leading the station storm chasing team chasing twisters. "Doppler" Dave Oliver offered me the position of Weekend Meteorologist at KFDA News Channel 10 in 2010 were I spent 3 years as the weekend Meteorologist and lead storm chaser.
After 6 years in the Texas Panhandle I was looking for a change and I found it in Abilene and San Angelo, TX as the Chief Meteorologist for KXVA/KIDY as well as the team lead storm chaser. After my mentor Tim Samaras was killed by a massive EF5 tornado outside of Oklahoma City in 2013 I decided to take a break from storm chasing and accepted the position of Chief Meteorologist of KMTR in Eugene in the Spring of 2015.
I moved my family to Springfield and we are currently enjoying exploring Oregon and getting to know the local hot spots and the wonderful Oregonian people.