Chris Wallace, anchor of the Fox News Sunday show has been selected to receive the 2011 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for overall broadcast excellence over many years, including distinguished work done at NBC and CBS.
Chris Wallace is the host of “FOX News Sunday” (FNS), FOX Broadcasting Company’s Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to FOX News Channel’s political and election news coverage and is based in Washington, D.C.
Wallace has secured interviews with numerous presidential candidates including Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA; Gov. Howard Dean, D-VT; Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-MO; Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-CT and Sen. John Edwards, D-NC. Additionally, Wallace has interviewed former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Sec. of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, former Sec. of State Colin Powell, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Sen. Bill Frist, R-TN; Sen. Joseph Biden, D-DE; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-CA; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA; former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar and Sen. John McCain, R-AZ.
More recently, Wallace earned praise when he served as a panel member at the “First in the South” GOP Presidential Debate in South Carolina in May 2007. In 2006, he was in the news for his explosive interview with former President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, Wallace played an integral role in FOX News’ “You Decide 2004” election coverage, reporting live from major election events, including Election Night, the presidential debates, the Democratic and Republican conventions, the New Hampshire Primary, and the Iowa Caucuses. Wallace has been described as an “equal opportunity inquisitor” by The Boston Globe, “an aggressive journalist”, “sharp edged” and “solid” by The Washington Post and “an equal-opportunity ravager” by The Miami Herald.
Before joining FOX News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 15 years where he served as the senior correspondent for “Primetime Thursday” and as a substitute host for “Nightline.” During his tenure with ABC News, Wallace hosted multiple groundbreaking investigations and received numerous awards for his work, including the Dupont-Columbia Award-winning probe of the Associates, Ford Motor Company’s finance department that allegedly practiced predatory lending.
Prior to joining ABC News, Wallace was with NBC News where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982-1989. While at NBC, Wallace covered the 1980, 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic and Republican conventions in those years. Wallace also anchored “Meet The Press” from 1987-1988 and anchored the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News” from 1982-1984 and 1986-1987. Wallace joined NBC as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City in 1975.
Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton and the Peabody Award.