Cris Ornelas joined the news team at 23ABC in 2011. Originally from Colorado, Cris began his broadcasting career as a reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.
Education: Colorado State University-Pueblo
Current Position/Job Duties: Multi-Media Journalist
Previous Work Experience: KREX 1998-2000 Grand Junction CO
KKTV 2000-2005 Colorado Springs CO
KOB 2005-2009 Albuquerque NM
KXRM 2009-2011 Colorado Springs, CO
KERO 2011-Present Bakersfield
Most Memorable Stories: I broke a story about a man and woman who burned down their home with their three kids inside for the insurance money. The case was not going to be filed in court until I did series of stories about the problems with the investigation and official’s reluctance to file charges. Both Parents are now in prison.
Also helped bring a comatose boy home after he was in a serious car crash while on family vacation in Alabama.
And did story on Taft woman who had sex while skydiving at Skydive Taft and then posted the video on the internet.
Awards/Honors: Edward R Murrow for Spot news station, Multiple Station of the Year awards
News Philosophy: Our job is to help make the communities we cover a better place to live.
Role Models: Edward R Murrow, Hunter S Thompson
Favorite Sports Teams: Denver Broncos
Favorite Music: Everything but new country
Favorite Movies: Hunt for Red October, Goodfellas, Godfather, Casino
Favorite Programs: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family
Favorite Books: Misery, Bias
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, hiking, fishing
Hidden Talent: I can grito (look it up)
Pets: 3 dogs a lab, a Chi-Weenie, and a Chihuahua
Something Most People don't know about me: I played a reporter in the movie Swing Vote
What I like best about Southern California: warm winters
On the weekends I love to: watch NFL games, spend time with family, cook
You're most likely to see me around town: At Walmart