Who is Chris Wallace?

Chris Wallace is an American television anchor and journalist. He is the news anchor of the Fox News program “Fox News Sunday.” He has also worked for NBC as a White House correspondent and the anchor for NBC “Nightly News” and also host for “Meet the Press”. Wallace has also worked for ABC as an anchor for “Primetime Thursday” and “Nightline.” He is the only person who has served as host and moderator of more than one of the major U.S. political Sunday morning talk shows. He has also earned a Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award and a Paul White lifetime achievement award.

Quick Info
Full NameChristopher W. Wallace
Birth DateOctober 12, 1947
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois, United States
FatherMike Wallace
MotherNorma Kaphan
Age72 years old
WifeLorraine Scothers
Height5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m).
Net Worth$12 million


Wallace was born on October 12, 1947, with the name Christopher W. Wallace, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is currently 72 years old. He is a son to father, Mike Wallace who was a longtime CBS 60 Minutes reporter and to mother, Norma Kaphan. Chris was named Christopher because he was born on Columbus Day. His parents divorced when he was one year old. Eventually, he grew up with his mother and stepfather, Bill Leonard who was the President of CBS News. Leonard has his early exposure to political journalism by taking him as an assistant to Walter Cronkite at the “1964 Republican National Convention.” He did not maintain a relationship with his father Mike until he was 14.

Chris Wallace

Early Life

Wallace had attended the Hotchkiss School and Harvard College. His first reported news was on-air for WHRB which is the student radio station at Harvard. In 1969, he memorably covered the student occupation of University Hall. He was detained by Cambridge policemen, using his one phone call to sign off a report from Cambridge City Jail with “This is Chris Wallace in custody.”


Despite being accepted at Yale Law School, Wallace instead took a job with The Boston Glove. He says he realized that he wanted to move to television when he noticed all the reporters at the 1972 political conventions were watching the proceedings on TV rather than in person. From a time in the early 1970s, he worked for the Chicago station WBBM-TV, which was owned and operated by CBS.

Chris Wallace

In 1975, Wallace began his network journalism career with NBC where he stayed for 14 years as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City. Eventually, he transferred to NBC’s Washington bureau as a political correspondent for NBC News. Later, he served as Washington co-anchor and newsreader for the Today show in 1982. The same year, he also served as chief White House correspondent, anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News and moderator of Meet the Press. Some journalists have described his style as confrontational. In 1989, Wallace left NBC for ABC. There, he was the senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and also occasionally hosted “Nightline.”


In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, he had reported from Tel Aviv on the Iraqi Scud missiles attack. He had received a News and Documentary Emmy Award nomination for his reporting on Primetime Live segment: Hope Sells. After another 14 years at ABC, Wallace left in 2003 to join Fox News. He started hosting “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” in 2003 after replacing Tony Show. He along with Shepard Smith gained a reputation at FOX for their reputable status as a journalist on the network.

Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes called him “one of the best interviewers in the business. I have no idea what he thinks personally, but he asks tough questions of everybody.” Throughout his 15 years at FOX, he had participated in coverage of nearly every major political event and has also secured several high-profile interviews with dignitaries and U.S. leaders. In 2009, he earned Fox’s first interview with President Barack Obama. He also joined Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly in moderating the 2016 Republican Party Presidential debate on Fox News. He also interviewed President Donald Trump for his first interview after being elected.

Personal Life

In 1973, Wallace married Elizabeth Farrell. The couple has four children named Peter, Megan, Andrew and Catherine.  Eventually, he again got married to Lorraine Scothers who is the former wife of Dick Smothers. Lorraine has two children from her previous marriage named Sarah Smothers and Remick Smothers.

Chris Wallace

Accolades and honours

Wallace has contributed a lot in his field and has been associated in many interviews, shows and news. He has won a Peabody Award and three Emmy Awards. He also received The DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award in 1993, National Press Foundation Award in 2011, The Sol Taishoff Award in 2012, the Paul White Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the Founders Award in 2012, The “Tex” McCrary Journalism Award and The Freedom of Speen Award in 2018.

Nationality and Physical Statistics

Chris is American by nationality and is of the white race.

Besides that Wallace stands at the height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m). His zodiac sign is Libra.

Chris Wallace Net Worth

Chris is living a luxurious life with his family. He is a famous personality that has earned a lot of money as well as fame. Wallace currently has about $12 million USD approximately.