Silver Cirlce Committee Chair
Time on Board: ’12-’16
“When it comes to awards it’s still one of the ones people want to win. Being recognized by your peers is always a thrill but few things beat taking home one of these statues on Emmy night.”
Veteran television anchor and reporter Kris Ketz is a recent addition to the NATAS Mid-America Chapter Board of Governors. Among the highlights in his 30 years at KMBC-TV in Kansas City are Mid-America Emmy awards for Investigative Reporting in 1991 and a 2008 Regional Emmy for Best Anchor. In October of 2012, Kris was inducted into the NATAS Mid-America Chapter Silver Circle, an elite group of professionals recognized for making a significant contribution to television during their careers.
Kris began his broadcasting career at the age of 18 as a weekend news anchor for radio station WQUA in Moline, IL. He broke into television in 1981 joining WQAD-TV in Moline while studying Mass Communications at St Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa. Kris’ father, the legendary Jim King reported the news for 36 years at WQAD-TV. Two more highlights for Kris came when he anchored a special KMBC-TV Father’s Day newscast with his Dad in 1998 and when his father was inducted posthumously into the NATAS Mid-America Chapter Gold Circle in 2010. In keeping with family tradition, Kris’ oldest son Jonathan is also a reporter at WQAD-TV in Moline.