2015 Silver Circle Inductee Chris Legeros

Chris Legeros I never wrote a “perfect” television news story. I learned early that the only thing I could do was my “best” with the time and resources I had available. I also realized that if I listened to the advice of my co-workers, the end result was invariably better. If I treated the people I interviewed with dignity and respect, they generally responded in a positive way.

Chris Legeros grew up in Edina, Minn., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a reporter/anchor at KCMT in Alexandria, Minn., from 1975 to 1977. From 1977 to 1983, he worked as a weekend anchor/reporter at KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In February of 1983, Chris joined KIRO 7 in Seattle as a reporter and substitute anchor, and he remained there until his recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Memorable assignments include following the Army Reserve’s 50th General Hospital to Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. He also covered a cruise ship grounding in Ketchikan, a deadly airline accident in Hawaii, devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, and dozens of forest fires and floods in Washington state. Chris has received three Emmy awards, along with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press, United Press International, Best of the West, and the Washington Education Association. He was awarded a certificate in Public Relations in 1993 from the University of Washington Extension Program. Chris is a member of both St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle and Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline.

He’s been married to his wife, Julie, for 34 years. Together they have two grown daughters, Elena and Anna. Anna added to the family by marrying Alex Fleet.