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Chris Schauble, KTLA News: KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A

Chris Schauble, KTLA News: KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A

KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA. Photo: Stephen K. Peeples.See Chris Schauble (Maybe) in ‘White House Down’ Opening June 28

By Stephen K. Peeples

Chris Schauble, co-anchor of the “KTLA Morning News” on Channel 5 in Los Angeles and a Stevenson Ranch resident for more than a decade, is in the spotlight for the latest “Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A” with KHTS News.

Click here for a link to the podcast of our Chris Schauble interview.

The two-time Emmy and five-time Golden Mike winner has been on the air at KTLA since March 2011. For a decade before that, he held forth as co-anchor of the “Today in L.A.” morning show on KNBC Channel 4.

Here’s video of Schauble’s visit to KHTS’ studio

Married and father of two sets of twin girls now in elementary school, Schauble is an adoptee who as an adult has volunteered many hours giving back by helping children. He has emceed and participated in numerous fundraisers and events in and around Los Angeles and the Santa Clarita Valley, and has earned local and state recognition multiple times for his community service.

Schauble, as passionate about fitness as he is about his family and profession, is a marathon runner and triathlete who has competed in three Iron Man endurance races, including the World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Along with his daily duties as a TV newscaster, Schauble has appeared in a few TV shows and movies, playing the role of — surprise! — a newscaster. He appeared in episodes of NBC’s hit political drama “The West Wing” in 2002-2003. Last year, he shot a scene for the movie “White House Down” starring Jamie Foxx. The film opens in theaters June 28, but Schauble isn’t sure yet if his scene made the final cut.

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Originally from Florida, Schauble grew up in Colorado. He earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He paid his TV news dues by working his way up from smaller-market stations in Michigan, Alabama and South Carolina before landing a job at KCNC in Denver.

There, Schauble’s coverage of the Columbine school shooting in April 1999 helped KCNC win an Emmy for “Best Spot News.”

A year later, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists named Schauble “TV Person of the Year.” In 2001, Urban Spectrum magazine ranked him among Denver’s Top 10 history-makers, and Fort Lewis bestowed upon him its 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Along the way, Schauble taught Speech Communications and Media Research Analysis at Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., and was a guest instructor at the Poytner Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is active with the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Henry DiCarlo, Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble of the KTLA Morning News.KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A: Chris Schauble

In an interview at the KHTS Studios in Canyon Country on Monday, May 6, Schauble talked with KHTS News Reporter Stephen K. Peeples about all the above and more. A transcript follows; click here to listen to the podcast, and here to watch the video.

KHTS: And we’re on Your Hometown Station, AM 1220 KHTS with the Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A. I’m KHTS News reporter Stephen K. Peeples, and in the studio with me right now is a Stevenson Ranch resident who’s on the tube each weekday morning as co-anchor of KTLA Channel 5’s Morning News show.

Henry DiCarlo, Megan Henderson and Chris Schauble have some fun on the KTLA Morning News set..

He’s won two Emmys and five Golden Mike Awards. He’s passionate about this work, his family – he and his wife have two sets of twin girls – and his health. He’s an Iron Man marathoner and triathlete. His name is Chris Schauble. Welcome to AM 1220 KHTS, your Hometown Station, Chris.

Chris Schauble: Stephen, thanks so much, man. Great to be here.

A Day in the Life

KHTS: Great. Let’s get started. I’d like to hear about a day in your life. The “KTLA Morning News” goes on (the air) at o’ dark-thirty, 4:30 a.m. What time does your day start?

Schauble: I get up at a quarter to two, Monday through Friday. I have to be on the KTLA lot in Hollywood at 3 a.m. I’m in makeup by 3:05, then I go to my office and copy-edit scripts until about 10 minutes before 4 a.m. Then I make the 20-yard walk from my office to our set, and it’s time to rock ‘n’ roll for the next three hours.

My designated anchor time is from 4 to 7 a.m., and of course, I share that desk with Megan Henderson and Henry DiCarlo and Ginger Chan, and then at 7 a.m. I leave the set. Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira take over. And then I contribute to those later morning broadcasts.

Tweets Like a Fiend

KTLA Morning News co-anchor Chris Schauble gets with the Laker Girls.KHTS: I noticed you also tweet a lot during the broadcast.

Schauble: I tweet like a fiend. I think that in today’s modern world, in today’s social media world, I think the audience expects a connection with, in my case, the news anchor. For those of you who tweet, I’m @ChrisKTLA. It’s real-time. When my co-anchor is reading a news story, I’m tweeting. If it’s a commercial, I’m tweeting. A lot of it is what’s coming up as our lead story, but a lot of it is just interaction with the audience.

KHTS: Right. I’ve noticed you responding to their questions or their suggestions and so forth, and that’s real good engagement there.

Chris Schauble is flanked by the Laker Girls at KTLA.

Schauble: I think the day of the anchor being lord of all information is long gone. I think the citizen journalists have arrived, and I think they want to help. They want to see their knowledge shared with others, and often the most immediate way that happens is via social media. Whereas before, (it was) “Oh, there’s an earthquake. I’d better call KTLA Channel 5,” no. If there’s an earthquake, I’m tweeting Chris to let him know I felt it and what happened in my house. And that stuff, that kind of information, is invaluable.

KHTS: Yeah, ’cause you can take that right on the air (almost).

Schauble: Yeah. You have to verify, always, but in a general sense, it is just amazing how helpful social media can be.

KTLA Morning News ‘Blows it Up’

KHTS: “The KTLA Morning News” has a very colorful history, going back to when Carlos Amezcua was the co-anchor. So, you’re kind of carrying on a tradition there, yeah?

Schauble: Yeah. And here’s a neat thing for those of you who don’t know, I was at Channel 4, the NBC affiliate, for a decade in that same position. And when I left that station, I went over to Channel 5, and people were like, “Who is this guy?” Because there’s parts of my personality that my coworkers at the other station certainly knew, but Channel 4 — great place, great people — but much more corporate. And KTLA — even though it’s corporate, it’s owned by the Tribune corporation — it’s really more of family atmosphere. It’s almost like a family-run business, where we can laugh with each other, where we can be so very real with each other. We talk about our families.

In producer-speak, in TV news-speak, we will blow up the producer’s show. It is where they will go in with X amount of time allocated in each news block, and there are certain stories they want to get to, and with the spirit of engagement that we have at Channel 5, maybe not always do we get to some of the stories. The hard [news], we get to those. But some of the lighter ones, if we get on a riff and we’re just going, going, going, yeah, those can get blown up pretty quick.

Childhood as Adoptee; Early TV News Career

KHTS: Let’s rewind a bit. You’re originally from Colorado, right?

Schauble: I’m an adoptee. I was adopted in 1970 by John and Caroline Schauble in the state of Florida. We later moved to Colorado, and that’s where I was raised, went to high school and college in Colorado, and from there, did the news bounce from small station, to larger station, to larger station. Eventually got back to Denver, then finally L.A. about 12 years ago.

KHTS: Your paid your TV dues at WALA in Mobile, Ala., WSPA in Spartanburg, S.C., home of the Marshall Tucker Band, at WBMG in Birmingham, Ala., and then KCNC back in Denver, near where you went to school, at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Schauble: Correct.

KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA.Shauble Helps Cover Columbine School Shooting; KCNC Wins Emmy

KHTS: I think your biggest story at KCNC was the Columbine school shooting in April 1999.

Schauble: Absolutely. At that time — and this is so very sad to say — that was the largest, in terms of victims and fatalities, school shooting in American history. There had been a bombing, I think, almost a century before, but anyway… The bottom line is, at that time it was the most tragic scenario we had seen in a school setting in modern history.

And it was devastating. You’re seeing bloody kids run by you, you’re seeing desperate parents trying to reconnect, fearful for the well-being of their children, and it was one of those stories that anyone in news can relate to because it’s nonstop. For 40 hours straight, much like the Boston Marathon bombing (on April 15, 2013), it’s just this constant news cycle. You’re not sleeping, you’re eating whenever someone from the station can drive out and hand you a sandwich, and all you’re doing is gathering information to share with the public.

Initially, I was sent to Columbine High School, and then shifted to the (nearby) school where (authorities) were reuniting parents with students. Talk about an emotional scene.

KHTS: That must have been. How did you keep it together during all that?

Schauble: I was numb until I was sent home after 48 hours to finally get some rest, and on the way home, I was even asking myself that question. I was like, “How come I’m not crying?” And then all of a sudden, I was bawling on the way home. After I was finally on my way home to get some rest, I was just bawling.

KHTS: I think there’s something peculiar or common to broadcast journalists, and journalists in general, in that when something like that happens, something just takes over. Professionalism or something just takes over, and you get the job done. Then you freak out afterward.

Schauble: That’s very accurate. Don’t get me wrong, we can be very silly at KTLA, make no mistake about it. We pride ourselves on taking life a little less seriously than some might. That said, what I think is our secret weapon is we have some of the best journalists around. And you’re right. The adrenaline kicks in, and you want to get that story and you want to do the very best that you can, and that’s when awards are won. Not that you do it for the awards, but that’s when you’re recognized for your hard work and your diligence.

KHTS: Right. And you guys at KCNC at won an Emmy for that coverage, right?

Schauble: Yeah, sure did. The station won “Best Breaking News.”

KHTS: You picked up a few other honors while you were in Denver, (like the) 2000 TV Person of the Year from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.

Schauble: That was very nice.

KHTS: The 2001 Top Ten History-Makers list in Urban Spectrum Magazine.

Schauble: I don’t know where that came from, but it was very nice. I don’t consider myself a history- maker, but hey, if they want to throw kudos my way, it makes me look good to the boss.

Schauble Marries, Starts a Family

Chris and Katrina Schauble of Stevenson Ranch.KHTS: (laughs) OK. When did you get married and start a family, Chris?

Schauble: You mentioned Mobile, Ala., in my news journey, and that’s when I met and married my wife in 1994, July 30 of 1994. The former Katrina Jackson, who is now Katrina Schauble (pictured with Schauble), was an educator. She asked me if I would come speak to her students. So, if you’re a single lady, and you want angles…I laugh about this now, because a friend of hers put her up to it. I didn’t find out until well after we’d been married. A friend of hers (said), “Hey, why don’t you ask that guy on TV if he’ll come speak to your students?” She would get pilots to come speak, she would get doctors to come speak, and my wife was like, “Maybe I’ll try that.”

And sure enough, she ended up marrying the first (TV) guy she asked to come speak. And all these years later, we have two sets of twin girls, ages 11 and 9, born right here in the state of California.

KHTS: Congratulations. We’re going to take a short break. We’ll be back with more of our KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA Channel 5, our special guest, with yours truly, Stephen K. Peeples, on Your Hometown Station AM 1220 KHTS.

[break at approx.. 10:00]

KHTS: And we’re back with our Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with “KTLA Morning News” anchor Chris Schauble on your Hometown Station, AM 1220 KHTS, and Hometownstation.com. I’m KHTS News reporter Stephen K. Peeples.

The Schaubles ‘Fell in Love’ with the Santa Clarita Valley

Chris, you talked about moving to California. What was it about Stevenson Ranch in particular that attracted you as a place to live and raise your family?

Schauble: When my wife was an educator, Master’s degree in school administration, she was the one who was in charge of deciding where we would live. To be fair, we didn’t know much about Los Angeles. We didn’t know what areas were good for public schools. (The) cost of living was crazy no matter where we looked when you’re coming from a state like Colorado, so there was a lot of shock in terms of prices.

So, this is what we knew: We wanted a new home, we wanted more bang for our buck. Another is square footage. She was pregnant with our first set of twins when we moved here, and we just knew we wanted good schools. So, when you go with that criteria, it rapidly narrows down your areas. We were looking in the La Cañada Flintridge area, in Santa Clarita, and we never got to Calabasas because we fell in love with Santa Clarita.

I remember the realtor was saying — I laugh about it now — she was like, “You don’t want to live up there. That’s where all the studio techies live.” And I was like, “What wrong with that?” We liked them, the homes were beautiful, they were new. We decided, though, that we were going to live in the La Cañada Flintridge, and it was more like the Altadena area at the top of Lincoln.

(But) as fate would have it, the builder went bankrupt. We had to get our money back, our down payment back, via an insurance bond. Thank goodness we had one. And that allowed us to immediately take that money and buy a new home in Stevenson Ranch. And that, of course, was more than 11 years ago. Within closing on that house, a week later, my first set of twin daughters (was) born. The timing was razor close, but it all worked out, I must say, for the best. We love it up here.

Career Arc: From Tiny Michigan Station to Los Angeles’ KNBC and KTLA

KTLA Channel 5 Los Angeles logoKHTS: Now, how did you get to Los Angeles from Denver? You came here to start working at KNBC.

Schauble: A lot of people probably are unfamiliar with how TV news works. Most of the time, you start in a small market. My first job in news out of college, out of the oldest college in Denver, Colo., was in Traverse City, Mich. That’s closer to Canada than it is to Detroit. So, that was a very small station, but it was perfect. It was a great learning experience.

KHTS:  You can make all the mistakes you can make there.

Schauble: And I did. The firefighters used to tease me because in one of my stories I called the machine that helps save lives the “Jaws of Death,” and not the” Jaws of Life,” which is what they’re called. But they used to tease me routinely. So, that’s the kind of mistake you just can’t make, but I made that mistake. After Traverse City, it was Mobile, Ala., then it was Spartanburg, S.C., then Birmingham, Ala., then to Denver.

The way I got from Denver to here, I had a TV news agent. And once you start getting into those larger cities, in my business, you need one because they know about opportunities that you just don’t. You’re too busy working to network in large cities that aren’t in your state.

So, my agent called me and said that NBC in Los Angeles would like to fly me in, they had an opening and they want to interview. And sure enough, flew in, was interviewed by the then-general manager, a woman by the name of Paula Madison, and it went very well. And the rest, as they say, is history.

KHTS:  As it were. KTLA’s morning news show is not necessarily a hard news show. You did mention that you do cover the hard news stories when they come up, but generally you try to keep it light and keep it so that it’s not going to be too heavy on people as they’re getting ready for work and starting their day, so forth.

Schauble: I think it’s a bit of a variety show. If I could label it, it’s definitely news. If you watch those first 10 to 15 minutes of our news broadcasts, you’re going to get very professionally delivered news by some of the most veteran reporters and broadcasters in Los Angeles. For example, Eric Spillman has been there since 1991, when the “KTLA Morning News” first started. He’d tell stories of how no one was watching when they first went on, and then they just slowly built an audience by being good and being different. I think the riots had a lot to do with it. They could stay on when other stations were going to network coverage – they stayed local.

KHTS:  Right. Well, KTLA has a long history of that, going back to Stan Chambers, back to the ’40s when the station…

Schauble: The legend.

KHTS:  …was established. Just being on the scene was something that put KTLA on the map as an independent station in the L.A. market. Your time at KNBC and KTLA hasn’t been without controversy

Schauble: No – that’s true.

KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA.Career Bumps: Too Much Fun with Shake Weight Segment; a ‘WTF’ Moment

KHTS:  You had a couple of little bumps there. What are your comments about that? There was the Shake Weight segment…

Schauble: Right. Well, that was a… See, the Shake Weight, it wasn’t… How do I put that? That one wasn’t so controversial as it was silly.

KHTS:  I know I’m putting you on the spot.

Schauble: No, no, I don’t mind. I’m a big free speech advocate – I never dodge any of these questions. If we were talking on the street, you’d get the same answer. The Shake Weight was actually a classic piece of hilarity, if you’re asking me. Management, initially – the feedback didn’t come until it just blew up and more than a million people were looking at it on YouTube. It’s hard to find, but if you find it, and you have a sense of humor, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to laugh.

And for those of you who don’t know, basically Shake Weight came out with a new product, a larger one, a bigger Shake Weight, and even started holding classes — Shake Weight exercise classes.

And yeah, it was live, we had an incredible amount of fun with it. Would I do it again? Would I have that much fun with it? Not just me, but Mark Kriski, Sam Rubin — I mean, it was a lot of fun for all of us. But would we take it that far? Of course not.

And then going back to Channel 4, there was a series of production errors. I mouthed the words “What the F,” cuss word, and it wasn’t audible because I didn’t say it — but I mouthed it, and it was clearly seen on TV when I didn’t realize I was going to be on TV, and that’s another sad piece of YouTube video that will trail me forever. But I’ve learned that people make mistakes, and that’s certainly one I regret.

KHTS: There you go, and that’s the only thing you can do — just apologize and move on. That’s that.

Schauble’s Other TV and Movie Credits: ‘The West Wing,’ ‘White House Down’

You have some cool movie credits and TV credits too. I was looking up your IMDB profile. It starts off with a couple of episodes of “The West Wing” in 2002 and 2003. That was a very popular series…

Schauble: It was huge, yeah.

White House Down posterKHTS:  Martin Sheen was a superstar at the time. What was your experience working on that?

Schauble: The neat thing about being in TV news in Los Angeles is frequently they need people who seem credible as a reporter on these programs, and so what they would do is, frequently they would contact people at our station or, in my case, me.

So, there were a couple of episodes — “Election Night,” and then I believe it was “Red”… I want to say it was “Red Hawk Down” or something along those lines – that they asked me to be a part of. Both times I played a reporter, so it was right up my alley, and of course I had Martin Sheen sign my “sides,” my scripts, and I have those framed at my house. And I have a picture of myself in front of the fake White House.

KHTS:  So, “The West Wing.” What else have you appeared in on the tube?

Schauble: “The Closer,” a couple of episodes of “The Closer.” There was a spinoff called “Lion’s Den” from “West Wing,” and I was a part of that, as well. It didn’t last very long. Again, I always played the news reporter. I’m probably forgetting some.

But I’m also in — I believe it’s next month, or later this month — there will be a movie called “White House Down,” and it stars Jamie Foxx, some other big names, and I play a reporter in that. I don’t know if I’ve made the movie or if I’m on the cutting room floor, but I played a reporter in that movie, too. I say something along the lines of, dramatically, setting a scene in front of the White House where people are fleeing and there’s actually people who are running toward the White House as it’s being attacked, and then I say something to the effect of, “H-here it comes. W-we’re all going to die!” and I run off camera. So when you see that, that’s me. (The movie opens June 28.)

Schauble’s Iron Man Competitions

Chris Schauble rides in Iron Man competition, New York, August 2012.KHTS: (laughs) Very good. Aside from your broadcasting career, you’re also kind of a fitness nut, in a way. You participated in three different Iron Man competitions.

Schauble: Three full Iron Man competitions, and then four half Iron Man distance races, and dozens of smaller, shorter sprint and Olympic triathlons. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the distances are for an Iron Man, they are a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a full 26.2 marathon, back-to-back-to-back, as per Iron Man tradition when it started way back in Hawaii. The world championship is still held in Hawaii, on Kailua-Kona. That’s one of the ones I’ve done.

You have 17 hours to finish. If you don’t finish in 17 hours, it’s as if you never started the race, no medal, and they give you a DNF, which stands for “did not finish.” But it’s a passion. It keeps my weight in check, if you will, ’cause I love to eat and it shows when I’m not working out.

After the last Iron Man I did in New York (pictured at right), the first one ever held in the New York metropolitan area last August, I realized I had a cartilage tear in my right knee, and I had surgery on it and it still hasn’t been the same. So I’m still recovering from that injury, but I’ll get my knee right and I’ll be back to racing as soon as possible.

KHTS: There you go. It’s a passion you can’t just forget about.

Schauble: Very true.

An Adoptee Gives Back to Children, Especially Foster Kids

KHTS:  Locally, you’ve been involved in working with some nonprofits, helping out with emceeing events, fundraisers and stuff like that. What’s nearest and dearest to your heart?

Schauble: Anything with foster care, anything with adoption. As an adoptee myself, I’m in. Locally, especially Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita, Jim Ventress, love that guy. I have emceed the Festival of Trees off and on for three, four, five years, something along those lines. Anytime the Boys & Girls Club needs me, I’m there.

And then on a larger scale, our (Los Angeles County District 5) supervisor, Mike Antonovich, I helped his event, “All For the Love of Kids,” which is a fundraiser which provides the department DCFS, the Department of Children and Family Services. They have, by the way, more than 15,000 kids in their system who have been neglected or abused.

And what “All For the Love of Kids,” Mike Antonovich’s charity, does is it provides services for these kids in foster care that the county cannot pay for because they don’t have the money. Music lessons, braces, team sports equipment, things of that nature that if you’re in the foster care system, it doesn’t have the money to pay for it. But this organization, “All For the Love of Kids,” helps those kids get some of the things they need in order to seem like a normal kid. And when you’re being shuttled from one home to another, just to have something that you can call your own — a baseball bat, a baseball glove — is incredibly heartwarming to that kid.

In addition to that, a similar program is the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, the RFCPP.

It was started by Victoria Rowell – same thing. She’s the actress who used to be on “The Young and the Restless,” “Diagnosis: Murder,” things like that, and she started a similar program. So I’ve been involved with that. Also with the Department of Children and Family Services — from time to time they’ll ask me to come out and encourage parents. “Hey, you’re doing a great thing. Let me tell you why. The kid you adopt could be like me. You can give him a shot.” That’s what I mean by that. You can give a kid a shot, and the sky’s the limit.

KHTS:  That’s really awesome, that’s very cool.

Schauble: Thank you.

KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA.How Schauble’s Broadcast Career Began

KHTS:  I want to rewind to how you decided that you wanted to become a broadcast journalist. What was it that was so attractive about that as a career that that’s the way you went?

Schauble: It was innate. I grew up in one of those households where you sat down as a family for dinner, and my late father, John Schauble, was a physicist. He used to design things for the military to test weapons, so he worked for the government. He wasn’t in the military, but he was a civil servant of the military.

KHTS:  Government contractor.

Schauble: Exactly. So, What would happen is he would come home. First thing he’d do is go out for a jog, come back, then he’d click on the news and we’d all sit down and just, as a family, we’d watch it. Then we’d eat dinner together, we’d discuss the events of the day… Without knowing, he was passing along a love of current events, democracy and information, and that’s kind of where it all started.

As I got older, I didn’t really think it was a viable career, to be honest with you. I didn’t really think… without really knowing what it took, I was like, “Eh, that’d be a great career.” We’re talking high school, when you fill out those forms and you sit down with your counselor and you figure out what you want to do, and I mentioned that, but I didn’t think it was realistic. I went to college thinking I was going to be an attorney, and I even declared Political Science as my major, which would hopefully lead to law school and all that kind of stuff.

But then I had a professor in Intro to Mass Communications, when we got to the whole TV news section of it, who pulled me aside and said, “You’re good at this. You like it. You might want to give it a little more thought.” And that’s all it took.

I had a buddy who was in my dorm at the time whose older brother was Tom Costello. He wasn’t the Tom Costello now, correspondent for NBC News, at the time. He was a local reporter for KUSA in Denver. He said, “Tell you what, write my brother. He’ll write you back, he’ll tell you what it’s like, and then you go from there.”

KHTS:  Fantastic.

Schauble: I know.

KHTS: We’re going to take another short break. We’ll be back with more of our KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA Channel 5, our special guest, with yours truly Stephen K. Peeples on Your Hometown Station, AM 1220 KHTS…

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Schauble’s Advice to Aspiring Broadcast Journalists

KHTS: And we’re back on Santa Clarita’s Celebrity Q&A with KTLA Morning News anchor Chris Schauble on Your Hometown Station, AM 1220 KHTS. I’m Stephen K. Peeples, and we’re going to wrap it up here, but one last question I wanted to ask you, as far as advice you give to a young journalist who wants to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. What do you think would be the best way they could prepare for that?

Schauble: Your high school is going to be similar to everyone else’s high school experience. After that is where things, I would say, get placed on the individual

KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA, conducted by Stephen K. Peeples.You should, in college — go to a college, if you can, a college [or] university, that has some type of broadcast program. TV news broadcast program. Doesn’t matter how prestigious it is — you don’t have to go to Northwestern University, the Medill School of Journalism. Great school, arguably the best in America, but a person with big dreams can go to a small school and be just as successful if you’re willing to work hard. So my advice is, go to a school with a broadcast journalism program. There, make it your elective, be there on your free time – which is what I was doing. I was turning stories, during my college days I would just turn them. I would just turn them. And my roommates were like, “Why are you always gone? Why do you care so much about this stuff?” To me, it was fun, and turning many stories…

Also, double-major would be my thing. Major in broadcast journalism or journalism or communications, but also have a fallback because it’s a tough business, and a lot of people don’t stay in it because it gets very tough. The money especially when you start off is very low, and you can make a lot more money doing a lot of other things in today’s modern society. So, if you really love it, go for it. But have a fallback plan, and that’s where the double major could be very handy.

The KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A with Chris Schauble of KTLA was conducted by Stephen K. Peeples of KHTS News.

KHTS:  Yeah, definitely. And once you get to major markets like New York, L.A., Chicago, it’s pretty cutthroat, and the fact that you were at KNBC for a decade, that’s pretty good considering it’s kind of musical chairs with the anchors in the L.A. market.

Schauble: It really is, and I do take a level of pride in that. My hope and my goal is… People ask, “What are your long-term goals?” And I have to catch myself, ’cause I don’t really have a goal beyond…I don’t mean this in a negative way, I’m very much so a goal-oriented person, but I love what I do. I get to be home with my daughters, I’m the one that picks them up from school every day, I’m the one that coaches them for the local track club, the Santa Clarita Storm. That’s the father I get to be because I’m a morning news anchor, and I love my job, and I love the family life that I have because of it.

KHTS:  Thanks very much, Chris. It was great having you in here and (we) loved to hear about your experiences growing up and how you got to the Santa Clarita Valley, and we wish you nothing but the best of luck going forward. Thanks again for being with us.

Schauble: Thank you, Stephen.

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Source: KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A, Santa Clarita News

Chris Schauble, KTLA News: KHTS Santa Clarita Celebrity Q&A

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