Chris Riva

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When did you start working here? This is actually my second time around at 9 On Your Side. I started my career at Channel 9 in April of 1994. I left three years later. I came back in April 2014.

Where else have you worked? My career started as a sports journalist. Recently I made the switch to news. I worked in Dayton as a sports anchor. Then I moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin as a sports director. I was also a sports director in Denver, Colorado before moving to Sacramento, California as a news anchor.

Where did you go to college? Wright State University – class of ’94.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? The versatility I have been able to show throughout my career. I have covered every major sporting event over the years - multiple Super Bowls & World Series.  I have been on Olympic assignment and college national championships. I have also covered presidential campaigns and raging California wildfires. I have been lucky to experience so many sides of journalism. 

I am very proud to be a part of Good Morning Tri-State. I am fortunate to be a part of a station that has such a rich tradition of quality journalism. The history of this station is not lost on me.

The morning team is full of good people. I am proud to work next to Kathrine and Jennifer along with the talented producers, directors, editors and photographers – We are humbled to tell this community's story.

What are you most proud of in your own life? My family. My wife and I met here in Cincinnati. She is a West Sider who graduated from Mercy. We got engaged at Sawyer Point and married at St. Xavier Cathedral. I adore and admire her so much. We have three beautiful children and feel very fortunate. 

What do you love about living in the Tri-State? It’s home. This is where both my wife and I were born and raised. Our extended families are here. We have been on a wonderful adventure living and working across the country, but this is where we want our children to grow up. To us, it is the people that make this community so wonderful.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? The Loveland bike trail & Devou Park, Sawyer Point, Union Terminal, The Aronoff Center & Playhouse in the Park, Moerlein Lager House, Reds & Bengals games – any college hoops venue from Lexington to Cincinnati to Oxford to Dayton. Plus the back porch to my parents house in Middletown – that is a serious cultural institution.

All time favorites (movies, music, books, shows, etc…)? I am not much for TV - except news. I have not seen a movie that is not animated in the last 6 years. I read basically only sports books. So, I'll tell you my all-time favorite things to do. I love to be active. I love to mountain bike the Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe, snowboard fresh powder in Copper Mountain, Colorado with my wife.  You are staring at the Continental Divide (it’s breathtaking for two reasons – the altitude and the view); going to Lambeau Field – there really is no place like it – wrong team, but great atmosphere. I love to participate in any cyclocross race, night riding with Team Revolutions Bike Club in El Dorado Hills, California and of course spending any time with my wife and kids. I really cherish walking them to school. It sounds simple, but the conversation is priceless.  

Apps you can't live without? STRAVA (it’s a cycling and running app – it’s the best), the iTunes Podcast app, Google Maps, every News app possible, Pandora, a flashlight app, The Score (gives you all the sports scores), iMovie, Youtube.

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