Chris Harris

Veteran TV newsman Chris Harris, a senior correspondent and former anchor for Fox-owned KTTV, died of an apparent heart attack Dec. 29 at his Newbury Park, Calif., home. He was 51.

Harris, who had a history of heart trouble, had covered the O.J. Simpson proceedings for the station just the day before.

During his three-decade career in TV news, Harris had received numerous awards, including two Los Angeles Area Emmys for spot news coverage.

In January, he had been slated to receive his third Golden Mike. The award for best investigative reporting was for his series “Geronimo Pratt: A Case of Injustice.”

Harris joined KTTV in November 1981 and anchored “Fox News at 10” from November 1990 to May 1993.

In March and April 1992, Harris anchored KTTV’s daily gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Rodney King beating trial in Simi Valley, which received the prestigious Peabody and du Pont-Columbia awards for community service.

Harris was lauded as broadcast journalist of the year by the L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Prior to joining KTTV, Harris served as news director and weekday anchor at KTXL and weekday anchor at KXTV, both of which are in Sacramento.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Martha, a son, two stepsons and his mother, Virginia Harris.

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