Chris Holcomb is the Chief Meteorologist for WXIA/WATL. He is an Atlanta native and joined the 11Alive team in 1991.
Chris went to Elementary School and High School in DeKalb County. He attended the University of Georgia majoring in Journalism/Broadcast News. Chris accepted his first job at WMAZ AM/WAYS FM radio as an afternoon news reporter. Just 9 months later, Chris moved to the TV side of the building as a reporter and weather anchor for WMAZ-TV. While at WMAZ-TV, Chris experienced every aspect of TV news reporting. He shot and edited his own stories, covered the Legislature, was a fill-in anchor, weekend weather anchor and fill-in weather anchor for the weekday morning and evening newscasts. After realizing that he wanted to focus on weather, he got his meteorological education through Mississippi State University.
After three and a half years at WMAZ, Chris was offered his dream job in his hometown of Atlanta at WXIA-TV. In 2014, Chris was promoted to Chief Meteorologist. He currently appears on 11Alive Monday through Friday on the 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11pm newscasts on 11Alive and WATL.
Chris earned his AMS Seal of Approval. He also underwent rigorous testing and evaluations to earn the highly coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society.
Chris was honored with Emmy Awards for Weather Anchor numerous times He also holds Emmys for Spot News/Team coverage and Special Continuous Coverage while tracking storms. Chris received Gabby Awards for Best Weather Coverage and Associated Press Awards for Best Weather Reporting. Chris also received the John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in 2019. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors sustained contributions to the profession throughout a career.
Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation. He has reported live for the past 20 years at the Race for Research. The first race was in memory of his sister who died of a brain tumor. Chris also emcees many events in and around Atlanta like the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards, St. Jude's Southern Evening of Hope and is a regular at many schools talking about weather.
Chris is also a top social contributor in Atlanta. You will find many updates from him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He is often on Facebook Live between newscasts updating social media on what's happening in the weather.
"It is a dream to work in my home town!"
Chris has been married to Angie Holcomb for 28 years. They have 2 children. Their son Griffin works in the finance industry in New York. Their daughter Claire is a Junior at The University of Georgia. Chris and Angie have attended North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville for 28 years.
Connect with Chris on Twitter: @ChrisHolcomb.