Chris Hurst for DelegateVirginia House of Delegates, 12th District
Chris has dedicated his life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. As a journalist, he’s been a fierce advocate for families struggling to be heard for access to mental health care and equality in education for students with special needs. He’s investigated reasons why our workforce must adapt for the careers of the future. He’s documented the dramatic rise of child abuse and opioid addiction. And he’s held government leaders accountable while showing how our first responders are left without vital resources. As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Chris will take that same passionate work ethic to Richmond and help create solutions to our problems, not just report them.
His decision to run for office is a progression from his work in journalism after he recovered from profound tragedy. In 2015, he was just beginning a new life with his late-girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison and Adam Ward’s murder on television shocked the country and sent Chris on a different path. Your continued prayers and support for him now gives him the strength to move forward and be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.
Prior to his campaign for delegate, he was evening anchor of WDBJ7 for six years. During that time, he was recognized as “Media Person of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Citizen of the Year” by the Roanoke NAACP, and “Your Local Hero” by the readers of the Roanoker magazine. He twice won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was nominated for an Emmy award.
His parents raised him outside Philadelphia, where his father was a small business owner and his mother worked for nonprofits, including the National Constitution Center. Growing up, he traveled the world as a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College.
For fun, Chris likes kayaking, hiking with his dog, Sophie, and seeing concerts and plays. He is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke and has been a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He also volunteered at the Roanoke Baptist Community Center after-school program.