Ryan Chiaverini

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Ryan Chiaverini is a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award winning television personality and the co-host of Windy City LIVE on ABC7 Chicago (WLS-TV) alongside Val Warner.[1] WCL is Chicago's only live local talk show that features celebrities, musicians, restaurants, and all things Chicago. The show initially replaced the 9am "Oprah" time slot in Chicago on WLS-TV. The working title was originally "Morning Rush." Chiaverini is credited with naming the show Windy City LIVE.

Personal life[edit]

Ryan graduated with a broadcast journalism degree in 2000 from the University of Colorado in Boulder.[2] He was a "walk on" defensive back before earning a full athletic scholarship in 1998. Ryan attended Corona High School (CA) and was senior class president and prom king. Ryan is also a musician by hobby (singer/guitarist). In August, 2014 he released "Chicago" on iTunes and YouTube. It's a song he wrote and recorded with cameos by several prominent Chicagoans including Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. The proceeds from iTunes benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has also performed with friend and Grammy winner Richard Marx at a media charity event known as "Newsapalooza."[3] In 2012, Modern Luxury magazine named Ryan among Chicago's Most eligible bachelors and New City named him "Best Looking Male TV Personality."[4]

Career[edit]

Ryan's career began his career at KFBB in Great Falls, Montana. As the weekend sports anchor. He wrote, produced, and shot primarily high school sports and local college athletics. Less than a year later, he accepted a similar position at KTVQ in Billings, MT. In 2002, At age 24 he landed a sports reporter gig at KUSA in Denver, Colorado. He spent four seasons covering the Denver Broncos and served as a fill-in host for the Mike Shanahan Show and John Elway's Crush Zone. In 2006, Ryan accepted a sports reporter job at WLS-TV and spent five years covering the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago BlackHawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. In 2010, Chiaverini was promoted to weekend Sports Anchor at WLS-TV. Ryan also hosted The "Chicago Huddle" for the 3 seasons, a weekly Bears show.[5] Prior to winning season 9 of American Idol, Chicagoan Lee DeWyze was the show's in house entertainment at the ESPN Zone in downtown Chicago.

2 Minute Warning[edit]

In addition to winning a Chicago/Midwest Emmy for "Program Host/Moderator" on WCL, his 2 Minute Warning segment has also been nominated Emmy. "The 2 minute Warning" is a series of rapid-fire, ridiculous questions intended to trigger funny responses from well known personalities, athletes, and celebrities.[6] Ryan created this segment to humor audiences and show a different side of well known personalities. Larry King, Mike Tyson, Guiliana Rancic, Joe and Nick Jonas, Jimmy Kimmel, Diane Sawyer, The Wayans Bros., and Susan Lucci are among the names who have been featured.

Charities[edit]

Ryan is actively involved in the Chicago community and many children's charities. He has served as an emcee for organizations such as "Make A Wish", Habitat for Humanity, Gateway Green, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Team". ABC 7 News. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Plati-'Tudes". CU Boulder. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Richard Marx and Ryan Chiaverini - Newsapalooza". YouTube. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Hurwitz, Gabrielle (3 April 2012). "Most Wanted". Modern Luxury. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ryan Chiaverini's 2009 Chicago Huddle Blog". ABC 7 News. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Topic: Two Minute Warning". ABC 7 News. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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