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Chris Osborne moved to the Birmingham, Alabama, area in 1996 and became an award-winning reporter and videographer at ABC 33/40. He was one of the founding members of the ABC 33/40 news team. In all, he has 19 years of experience working in radio and television in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Alabama. Chris is originally from Morristown, Tennessee, near Knoxville. He’s a graduate of Tennessee State University and proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as well as the Alabama Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and recent graduate of Leadership Shelby County Class of 2013. Chris has been involved with NAGA since 2010 where he competed in his first national championship in Nashville, TN.
Seven years ago, Chris launched a new career with the American Red Cross as the organization’s Public Affairs Officer for the Birmingham Area Chapter. Just two years later, he was promoted to the senior management position of Chief Branding Officer, and now holds the title of Regional Communications Officer for the entire Alabama Region. In that role, he is responsible for, among many other things, internal/external communications, community outreach, media relations, website/social media content and serves as one of the agency’s representatives on the Project SHARE Advisory Board, which helps elderly and disabled citizens with utility bills. Chris is also the Government Relations Liaison working closely with elected officials. He played a major role in nationwide coverage of the Alabama April 2011 tornado disaster response efforts. Chris is a member of the Advanced Public Affairs Team (APAT) Red Cross national spokesperson team and travels to large-scale disasters like Hurricane Irene, dealing with national and international media like CNN, ABC and others. Most recently, Chris spent his longest deployment since joining the Red Cross in New York following Superstorm Sandy as a national Red Cross spokesperson.
Chris is a specialist in crisis management and conflict resolution. He facilitates media coaching seminars and classes around the country and enjoys mentoring interns and students. When he’s not at work, he spends time on the golf course or his motorcycle.
Chris plays about three rounds of golf per week and is working on developing his golf game. As the new sponsorship and public relations director for NAGA, he has lofty goals to help the organization move to the forefront of the golf community. “I think this is a super organization, with a great mission and the opportunity to help people take note of the wonderful things NAGA is doing in communities around the nation and even internationally,” said Osborne.
Chris is married to his wife “Tiffany” and they have a four-year old son William Jr., and three-year old daughter, Olivia Grace.