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Chris Tatum
Chris Tatum
Chris Tatum
Anchor/Reporter
ctatum@wtva.com
 
North Mississippi native Chris Tatum may well be a television news veteran, but he wears that title reluctantly.  “Veterans are often thought to be old school or out of touch,” Chris explains.  “I’ve worked hard to remain relevant as technology has changed how we gather and present news.”

Chris hails from Choctaw County and credits WTVA for inspiring him to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

In the course of his career, Chris has exposed government corruption, held businesses accountable to their customers and compelled criminals to confess on-camera to their crimes.  In 2002, when the U.S. Army planned to build a chemical weapons incinerator in Alabama, Chris’ reporting helped educate worried residents about the Army’s plans, ultimately easing their fears.  In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Chris followed rescuers as they mined the rubble in search of survivors.  His no-nonsense reporting style has forced unscrupulous businesses to close, unethical politicians to resign, and has given a voice to people who once thought they were too unimportant to matter.

Chris began his broadcasting career in 1985 at Eupora’s former radio station, WEPA.  After serving a seven year hitch in the Navy, Chris returned to Mississippi and worked at radio stations in Starkville and Columbus.  He later moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he served as overnight news anchor at world-famous WSM radio, best known for its flagship program, the Grand Ole Opry.  It was also in Tennessee that Chris made the transition to television news, first anchoring at a small station in Murfreesboro, then landing a position at Nashville’s acclaimed WSMV.  Chris has also reported for Huntsville, Alabama’s WAAY TV, Birmingham’s ABC 33/40, Nashville’s WZTV, and has even filed reports for CNN and The Weather Channel.

Chris’ sharp writing style and passion for storytelling have won him an assortment of awards including three Associated Press Honors and two trophies from the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists.

Now Chris brings that wealth of experience home to North Mississippi.  “What an honor to do what I love to benefit the people I care most about,” he explains.  “WTVA gives me a chance to make a difference close to home.  Hopefully I can inspire somebody else to chase their dream, the way WTVA inspired me.”

When he’s not chasing the next big story, Chris likes to read, work out, and spend time with his four-footed children—his two cats, VoSot and Callie.
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