Silver Circle Committee Chair
Time on Board: ’12-’16
From the South Central riots in Los Angeles to Hurricane Andrew in Louisiana to national political conventions, KMBC 9 News Anchor and Reporter Kris Ketz has always found himself in the right place at the right time. Kris is a regional Emmy-award winning anchor and investigative reporter, having captured a Mid-America Emmy for best anchor in 2008. Additionally, in 1991, he won for an in-depth report on the influence of the Ku Klux Klan in the Kansas City area. Kris joined KMBC-TV on July 4, 1983. For 14 years, he co-anchored the weekday editions of KMBC 9 News at 5 before being named co-anchor of KMBC 9 First News in October 2007.
Kris is a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He began his broadcasting career at the age of 18, as a weekend news anchor for radio station WQUA in Moline, Ill. Kris progressed to afternoon and morning anchor, until he became the station’s news director. Kris broke into television four years later with WQAD-TV in Moline in 1981. WQAD-TV was the station where his father had anchored the news for 35 years. He was named “Best Reporter” in a reader’s poll in Kansas City Magazine for 2001 and 2003. Kris was also the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Barbara Potts award from Hope House for raising community awareness about domestic violence in Kansas City.