Chris Papst is the lead reporter for Project Baltimore, Fox45’s ongoing investigation into Baltimore area public schools. He is also a national award-winning reporter and best-selling author.
As an investigative reporter, Chris' work has led to changes in state policy and the drafting of new state laws while sparking criminal investigations. As an author, his book, Capital Murder (April 2015), hit #1 on Amazon in three categories. His second book, Devolution – a novel – was released in the summer of 2016.
During his career, Chris has received dozens of honors. They include multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow, National Headliner, Associated Press, PICPA and State Broadcasters Association awards.
His report exposing America's "billion-dollar judge" caught the attention of the United States Congress, which discussed his findings during a Government Oversight Committee hearing. After his story aired, the judge was subpoenaed to testify, under oath, in front of Congress in Washington, D.C. His report can now be found in congressional record.
Chris' story "Lottery Winner on Welfare" resulted in PA House Bill 1489, which amends state law mandating big-time lottery winners be checked for welfare status. His investigative piece “Inmates on Unemployment”, prompted PA lawmakers to change state policy saving taxpayers millions.
His investigative series into TLC's reality show “Breaking Amish” received international attention and was featured and discussed during the show's reunion episode. His reporting on The Discovery Channel's “Amish Mafia” was also featured in its season finale.
Twice, Chris appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News to discuss his exclusive welfare investigations. He has done multiple live shots for MSNBC, appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNBC, and was the focus of The Weather Channel documentary "Weather Caught on Tape."
Capital Murder: An Investigative Reporter's Hunt for Answers in a Collapsing City (Sunbury Press) details Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's epic financial collapse as seen through the eyes of an investigative reporter.
His novel, Devolution (Post Hill Press), depicts the collapse of a global superpower and asks the question: If we could start a country today, what kind of government would we create?
A Pennsylvania native, Chris' broadcast career has taken him to Casper, WY; Madison, WI; Harrisburg, PA, Washington, DC and now Baltimore.