About UsMeet the NewsChannel 5 Team


Chris Conte

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2018-05-14 17:59:01-04

Chris Conte is an Emmy award winning reporter who joined the NewsChannel 5 team in June of 2012.

Since moving to Nashville, Chris has covered a number of stories that caught the nation's eye including the murder trials in the case of missing nursing student Holly Bobo, the high profile rape trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players and the deadly wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Chris and a team of photojournalists produced an award winning documentary on the wildfires "Fire On The Mountain."

Chris has also reported live for the CBS Evening News.

While working at NewsChannel 5 Chris has been honored with 19 Mid-South Regional Emmy awards for General Assignment Reporting, Hard News Feature Reporting and Writing. That last one meant the most to him. 

Chris has been the recipient of a number of regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and also named "Journalist of the Year" by the Associated Press. 

Chris provided live reports from the Boston Marathon in April of 2013 after having the distinct misfortune of crossing the finish line just moments after two bombs exploded killing three people. In April of 2014 Chris returned to Boston to complete the marathon for a 6th time and provided NewsChannel 5 viewers with a unique perspective into an emotional day. 

Chris came to Nashville from upstate New York where he was a general assignment reporter for WHAM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Rochester.

Prior to his days in New York, Chris was exploring the MidWest. He spent two years as a general assignment reporter at KTTC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota.

During his Minnesota days, Chris was frequently chasing tornados across the countryside and in September of 2011 he was honored with a Regional Emmy award for his work covering historic floods and an unprecedented tornado outbreak. 

Before heading west Chris was at WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston, Mass., where he was a writer for all of the station's newscasts.

Originally from Massachusetts, he graduated from Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

Chris has always had a passion for the news. He got into the news business as a reporter for his college's newspaper - and has never looked back. From there, he went on to anchor/report for NewTV, a local cable access station in Newton, Mass. Chris has interned at New England Cable News and was an i-Team intern for WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston.

In his spare time you'll usually catch Chris outside running down West End with his yellow lab, Cooper. Cooper was rescued from a shelter in Lebanon, TN a few years back.

So far he's completed eight marathons and even a few triathlons. He also raced competitively for Boston University's downhill ski team.

Chris resides in Nashville.