Chris Connelly is a contributor to ABC News' "Good Morning America" and "20/20." He is also a correspondent for ESPN, where he regularly reports on the latest sports news from around the world.
Since joining ABC News in 2001, Connelly has reported on the latest news in the world of pop culture. Most recently, he joined "Good Morning America" in Los Angeles for their coverage of the 80th Annual Academy Awards. He's interviewed writer Anne Rice and county music stars, Gretchen Wilson, and The Dixie Chicks. Connelly has also contributed reports to hour-long examinations on the topics of rudeness; privilege and winning. He has profiled many of Hollywood's biggest stars, including: Ethan Hawke and Geena Davis. Connelly has interviewed Tina Brown for her book "The Diana Chronicles" and Patti Boyd for her book "Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me."
Connelly began his television career in the spring of 1988 as a host, writer and interviewer specializing in the movies for the MTV Television Network. He stayed with the network until September of 2001. At MTV, Connelly was also a correspondent for MTV News, and was the recipient of a News Emmy nomination for writing the "Where Were You at 22?" documentary about the young lives of presidential candidates; a documentary in which Connelly also served as interviewer and host. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy as a writer for the Peabody Award-winning 9/11 benefit, "America: A Tribute to Heroes."
To many, Connelly is best known for his work as a co-host/interviewer for the official Academy Awards red carpet pre-show, duties he has performed seven times since 2000, and for which he brought the wrong pants to the show only once.
Connelly is a three-time Sports Emmy-Award winner and also the recipient of four prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Connelly began his journalism career at Rolling Stone, where he wrote the magazine's first cover stories on Madonna, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, and U2, among others. Concurrent with most of his days at MTV, Connelly later served for nine years as a full-time editor and occasional writer for the late, lamented magazine about the movies, Premiere.
Born and raised in New York City, Chris now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Gretchen, and their three children, Henry, Rose, and Gabriel.