Champion 2013 Hosts

Willie Geist

Willie GeistWillie Geist is co-host of the third hour of NBC’s Today, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and a contributor to a number of NBC News programs, including Nightly News with Brian Williams and Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Geist also contributes to the NBC Sports Group, where he hosted coverage of the 2012 London Games for the NBC Sports Network.

Geist is the author of two books, including the 2010 New York Times bestseller American Freak Show.

He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

Lonnie Quinn

Lonnie QuinnLonnie Quinn is the chief weathercaster of CBS 2 News at 5, 6 and 11 weekdays. He also serves as the national weather anchor for "CBS This Morning" Saturday.

Quinn joined WCBS-TV in 2007 after a five year run at WTVJ, in Miami, FL. Quinn's television career actually started as an actor on ABC's All My Children. That experience allowed him to develop a comfort in front of the camera which helped him to perform exceptionally in local and national broadcasting.

After changing careers from acting to broadcasting, Quinn's first newsroom job was at WVIR in Charlottesville, VA. He was hired as a cameraman but three months into the job, a chance to report in front of the camera solidified his new career path. Soon his duties included full time reporting and anchoring the weekend weathercasts. While in Charlottesville, Quinn covered stories related to the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemings controversy and the famous baby switch at the University of Virginia hospital. He also reported extensively on the rising political career of Emily Couric before her unfortunate death in October 2001.

Miami, FL was the next stop and it was a turning point in Quinn's career. Not only was he promoted to full time weather anchor, but also allowed to develop his own, unique style. Quinn has always been a fan of the weather and he hates the idea of a boring weathercast. His goal always is to give the viewers the information they need in an engaging and entertaining way. Quinn feels that if he is excited by the weather, then the viewers should be too!

By 2005, Quinn was one of Miami's most popular on-air personalities and guided the area through the most active hurricane season in history. For five years, Quinn worked closely with Max Mayfield at the National Hurricane Center. He also joined the "Hurricane Hunters" collecting data on a category 5 hurricane as they flew through the eye of "Isabel" off the coast of North Carolina. Quinn is a private pilot himself and holds a meteorology certification from the FAA.

Outside of the weather, Quinn loves to report a good story. His belief is every other station in town will most likely be covering the same event... you had better come up with some way to make your storytelling stand out. He is a proud winner of an Emmy award for best on-air talent.

Quinn graduated from Boston College magna cum laude with a B.A. in speech communications. He is a huge sports fanatic and swam competitively in college. Decency in broadcasting prevents him from ever putting on a "Speedo" again. Thus... you can now find him playing racquetball weekday mornings at the Westside Y in NYC. A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, he currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, Sharon, and his son, Nate. He 100% totally digs this job.

Chris Wragge

Chris WraggeChris Wragge anchors CBS 2 News at 6 p.m. weekdays with Dana Tyler. Beginning this summer, he will co-anchor the new 9 p.m. newscast with Tyler on WLNY-TV, WCBS-TV's independent sister station.

He rejoined the station in September 2011 after serving as co-anchor of CBS News' "The Early Show." Previously, Wragge served as co-anchor of the station's weeknight 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts, co-anchor of the Saturday edition of "The Early Show" and as a frequent substitute co-anchor of the weekday edition of "The Early Show."

Wragge first joined WCBS-TV in 2004 as the station's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. sports anchor.

In November 2006, he made the transition to news anchor and reported on major events such as the 2008 presidential election, the "Miracle on the Hudson" landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York and the Brooklyn tornado. Wragge also covered the scandal that led to the resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer, the East Side crane collapse, the national recession and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

Wragge is the recipient of 14 Emmys, including three wins in the Best News Anchor category. In addition, he and his CBS News colleagues won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession."

Prior to joining CBS, Wragge worked for NBC Sports. His assignments included covering the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, four years as sideline reporter for NBA game broadcasts and two years covering the WNBA. He also covered the PGA Tour for five years, Notre Dame Football, and the PBR. Additionally, he anchored NBC's Sportsdesk reports from 2002-04.

Previously, Wragge spent four years as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

Wragge's broadcasting career also includes positions with KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire. He also has been a host for HGTV, DIY and the Travel Channel.