CHRIS LYNCH - Broadcast Journalist | Radio Talk Host
Chris Lynch is an award winning radio host, television journalist and former television news and current affairs producer. He hosts a morning radio talk show on New Zealand's #1 commercial station Newstalk ZB and is also professional cameraman and editor. He is the only radio host in the country who produces video news content for the radio station as well as clients. He has worked in network television, covering significant international news. In 2017, Chris was part of the team that won an award at the New Zealand Radio Awards for best team coverage for coverage of the North Canterbury Earthquake. The same year, Chris picked up the award for excellence in journalism for coverage of a breaking news story at the New Zealand Emergency and Public Relations Awards.
Chris was nominated for "best talk host" at the New Zealand Radio Awards in 2016, 2015, and 2014. He is also an experienced video content producer having filmed and edited social media video for clients including Emirates and luxury international hotel brands in Hong Kong and Las Vegas. In 2015 and 2014, Lynch produced and hosted a weekly current affairs television show. He interviewed leaders from every major political party including the Prime Minister.
AWARD WINNING TV INVESTIGATIONS
In 2012, he led an undercover investigation into an under-age sex sting and that same year was recognised at the television awards and won the award for Best Journalist on a Daily Current Affairs Show. The offender exposed in the investigation was arrested and convicted. Another undercover investigation by Chris Lynch prompted a government prosecution against an Australian company using illegal tactics sell products. Chris was the main Crown prosecution witness. The company featured in the TV investigation was fined over half a million dollars. Another story Chris worked on, was that of an HIV positive man who was deliberately infecting men and woman with the virus. The offender faced 14 charges of infecting, or attempting to infect 14 people with HIV. Chris' investigation exposed loop-holes in the law which, at the time, prevented health authorities contacting police because of privacy laws. Chris has also produced entertainment news / interviews, working alongside a current affairs host with artists including Tom Jones, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie to name few.
In 2012, Chris was the weekend news anchor for the country's only public broadcasting television channel. He produced hourly bulletins, writing and compiling news, sport and weather. Chris previously worked for the country's #1 radio station, covering international stories including the Chinese milk scandal where he was the first reporter to interview the CEO of the company involved. The same year he broke the story of the collapse of one of the country's biggest finance companies and covered the military takeover in Fiji, speaking to the then controversial police chief. While radio reporting, he uncovered an immigration scam, prompting a Government investigation leading to the deportation of illegal immigrants. Before working at Newstalk ZB's headquarters in Auckland, Chris spent two years as a radio journalist, covering the South Island's West Coast reporting on tornadoes, corrupt police officers, and two mining disasters. He holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Journalism Communications Degree and a Diploma in Television Documentary Making. Chris holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Degree in Broadcasting Television and Radio and has a Diploma in Television Production and has worked for the Walt Disney Company in a creative capacity, and is a professional puppeteer.
2017 Winner Best Team Coverage - New Zealand Radio Awards
2017 Winner of Excellence of Media Coverage of an Emergency - Emergency Management Public Affairs Awards
Finalist Best Talk Host 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | New Zealand Radio Awards
Winner: Best Journalist daily current affairs show 2012 - New Zealand Film and Television Awards