Chris Balish (Los Angeles, CA) is a seven-time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, TV news anchor and reporter, primetime network TV host, bestselling author, and an on-air contributor for NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, and CNN.  Chris also served as chief national correspondent and co-host of the Warner Bros/Telepictures primetime magazine program CW Now on The CW Network, host for Hollywood 4-1-1 on TV Guide Channel, and eco-correspondent for Discovery Networks' Planet Green cable channel.  He has more than ten years' experience on live television and radio, and is a veteran of more than 4,000 live TV interviews.

Chris is Ivy League educated (B.A. in English, Dartmouth College), and he began his writing career in 1988 working for Writer's Digest Magazine and Writer's Digest Books.  His first book, How to Live Well without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life (Ten Speed, 2006), made the environmental bestseller list and the National Public Radio bestseller list.  Chris is an expert at publicity and self-promotion; he and his book have been featured on more than 800 radio and TV stations, and in more than 140 magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Forbes, AARP, The New York Times, Washington Post, Sierra, NBC's Today Show, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and many more.   For a complete list of media appearances and dates please visit

In his ten years on television, Chris has received more than 30 awards for excellence in journalism and reporting, including 32 regional Emmy Award nominations and 7 regional Emmy Awards.  He is most proud of the Emmy he won for writing.  Chris has interviewed Hollywood's biggest celebrities, pop and country music superstars, authors, heads of state, a queen, congressmen, CEO's, and senators. 

Consider these numbers: 4,000 live interviews, 500 live celebrity interviews, 500 live cooking segments, 30 live fashion shows, 12 primetime specials, 27 episodes of a regional travel show, 750 episodes of a live daily entertainment news and talk show, 21 episodes of a home remodeling series, 60 live 30-minute shows in the field with no teleprompter, and three live weddings.  So what's the benefit of all that experience?  Chris understands how TV producers book guests, and he knows how to pitch them. 

Chris is also a nationally-known keynote speaker on the following topics: How to Thrive in a Down Economy, How to Slash Expenses in a Recession, active lifestyles, reducing your car cost, avoiding high gas prices, reducing car use, sustainable transportation, building green cities, reducing traffic congestion, lowering smog emissions, sustainable development, curbing suburban sprawl, promoting mass transit, bicycle commuting, and green living. 

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