CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Chris Wright joined the Indianapolis Weather Authority team in 2014 having served as a chief meteorologist in Indianapolis for 22 years. He currently anchors CBS4 weather, weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Chris came to WTTV from WTHR-TV, where he served for 14 years as the primary meteorologist for the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts. While in Indianapolis, he has been honored with numerous awards. In June of 2012, Chris was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Silver Circle Award is reserved for an elite group of professionals recognized by the chapter for making a significant contribution to television for 25 years or more. He is the first, and only African-American in the Indianapolis market to receive this honor.
Chris has been awarded eleven Emmys from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was named National Weather Association Broadcaster of the Year in 1994. He holds the National Weather Association Seal of Approval and in 2005 became the first African American in the nation to be designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society. In 2006, the Indiana Associated Press began presenting a Best Weather Operation Award. With Chris Wright as Chief Meteorologist WTHR-TV won this honor in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Chris began his career in his hometown of Memphis where he worked as a weather assistant for WMC-TV. In 1987, he became the morning meteorologist for WBRC-TV in Birmingham and moved to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati a year later. Chris made his central Indiana television debut as part of the original FOX-59 news team on WXIN-TV in 1991. He left the market in 1995 to work at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California, but returned to Indianapolis in 1996. In each of those cities, Chris was the first African-American meteorologist in market history.
In his spare time Chris is an accomplished author. He has written 10 mysteries, available on the Amazon Kindle, and two children’s books. Chris and his wife Megan have three daughters and make their home in Indianapolis.