Chris Cole, who was born and raised in Pocatello, cares about what's happening around his home
Chris graduated from Idaho State University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, emphasis in broadcast, with a minor in political science. He was trained to be a multimedia journalist, so essentially he can do it all.
He has worked behind the scenes for Idaho State University's public affairs show, “Idaho State of Mind,” as well as in front of the camera. He also directed, worked video playback and worked camera for ISU football and basketball games. He work for The Bengal newspaper as production editor and did a short stint as online editor.
At one point, he was going to school full time and had five part-time positions. He still doesn't know how he survived.
In October 2012 he join the Local News 8 and Eyewitness News team as Pocatello's live truck operator and videographer. So, he was working full time and going to school full time until April, when he officially signed on as the evening reporter.
During his high school years at Century High School, he kept busy with outside activities, including serving on the Pocatello Mayor's Youth Forum, where he worked from secretary to vice president to president. He was also on the yearbook staff, going from staffer to co-editor to editor. He served as the secretary for Health Promises for Healthy Youth, which worked to bring a survey into local public schools. The survey assessed risk behaviors for kids, trying to find out what kids were most worried about, and what they were doing in their spare time.
Chris was also active in choir through all of his years in school, except for his senior year, where he instead was senator on the the Century Student Council. He was also honored to be one of two Idaho recipients of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Scholarship (the other being Elaine Washam, who also works as producer at our station). The two traveled to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid trip, where he got to meet Al Neuharth (founder of USA Today, who recently passed away). He still maintains connections with the other 101 recipients from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
He is the youngest of the three children of Joseph and Mary - no, seriously. Cassy, his sister, is an avid animal lover, turning their parent's home into a bit of a squirrel sanctuary. Ray, his brother, is going to the Culinary Institute in Indianapolis, studying to be a chef. Chris also has numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Pocatello and throughout the state, as well as spread over the United States.
Chris believes in working hard to get honest answers to legitimate questions that affect you. The issues that you care about are what he cares about, because they affect his home. Chris believes that love, for yourself, for your family and for others is one of the best ways to be a contributing member of your community, and that's what he hopes to be.
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