Chris Flanagan anchors Boston 25 News at 4 p.m. and contributes to the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. He joined Boston 25 in 2016.
A versatile ‘working anchor,’ a day’s work for Chris includes writing and producing a feature story, guiding viewers through breaking news, anchoring daily COVID-19 briefings and reporting on local stories throughout the area. He enjoys that no two days are the same and each story takes a different approach.
Chris has crossed the country during his television career. Prior to Boston 25 he spent five years as an anchor in Cleveland at the ABC affiliate. Chris has also covered news in San Francisco, Dallas, Indianapolis, Hartford, Vermont and New York. He was on the air to cover the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood and reported from Cleveland when 3 women, kidnapped and missing for ten years, escaped from their captor. Chris has been nominated for several Emmy's. He’s covered the Iowa caucuses, Winter Olympics, a Super Bowl, a couple of World Series and several NBA Finals.
Chris’ feature stories often put a spotlight on everyday people taking on incredible challenges or working to uplift their communities and neighbors. He enjoys this work immensely and has developed a following for his “good news” reporting. His volunteer efforts include Rosie’s Place, The Jimmy Fund and supporting Boston Cares whenever he can.
Chris and his wife, who is also a New England native, have three children. Chris is one of six kids; he comes from a large Irish Catholic family.
Chris attended Colorado State University, but after too much skiing, he returned to New England and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University. When not at work, Chris can be found looking for his lost golf balls with his kids!
Police estimated about 1,000 people were inside the sports complex at the time, many of whom were seen on surveillance video “sprinting towards the exit, laying on the floor covering their children and attempting to hide behind any type of cover they can find,” according to court paperwork.