Chris Papst is the lead investigative reporter for Project Baltimore, Fox45’s ongoing investigation into Maryland’s public education system. He is a national award-winning reporter and best-selling author.
As an investigative reporter, Chris' work has led to the passing of state laws, criminal convictions and legal investigations. As an author, his book, Capital Murder, hit #1 on Amazon in three categories. His second book, Devolution – a novel – was released in the summer of 2016.
Chris’ investigative reports have been recognized with some of journalisms top national honors. His work has earned awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi Awards), the Press Club of Atlantic City (National Headliner Awards) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Chris has earned nearly 100 regional awards including 26 Emmys, and multiple Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press, PICPA and various State Broadcasters Association awards.
Twice, Chris appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News to discuss his exclusive welfare investigations. He has done multiple live shots for MSNBC, appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, and was the focus of The Weather Channel documentary "Weather Caught on Tape."
Capital Murder: An Investigative Reporter's Hunt for Answers in a Collapsing City (Sunbury Press) details Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's epic financial collapse as seen through the eyes of an investigative reporter.
His novel, Devolution (Post Hill Press), depicts the collapse of a global superpower and asks the question: If we could start a country today, what kind of government would we create?
A Pennsylvania native, Chris' broadcast career has taken him to Casper, WY; Madison, WI; Harrisburg, PA, Washington, DC and Baltimore.
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