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Noted writer and television host-interviewer Chris Connelly, whose journalistic background includes work for ESPN, Rolling Stone, Premiere and Talk magazines, and MTV News, hosts Unscripted with Chris Connelly when ESPN's daily, long-form interview program re-launched Monday, Oct. 22.
Unscripted with Chris Connelly presents a variety of the biggest sports stars and celebrities in a fast-paced, audience-interactive program featuring questions submitted by ESPN.com users. While the program replaced the 30-minute Up Close, which aired Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m., it continues to originate from the ESPN Zone in Anaheim.
"Chris' journalistic background, sports knowledge and charisma will give Unscripted its own, distinct identity and contribute to SportsCenter's news-gathering resources," said Norby Williamson, ESPN vice president and assistant managing editor. "Up Close has served viewers well for nearly two decades. Unscripted will serve viewers of the 21st century by adding a free-wheeling, high-energy approach to the timely, long-form interview format."
Connelly, most recently the on-air correspondent and editorial director of MTV News, is a passionate sports fan with a background that includes stints hosting Later with Bob Costas and ESPN2's Talk2. He began his journalistic career in 1980 with Rolling Stone where he wrote cover stories on Madonna, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Sean Penn, U2 and Mick Jagger, among others. Connelly has also served as editor-in-chief of Premiere magazine, and played himself in the films The Bodyguard and Last Action Hero. He has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. He remains a contributing writer for Talk magazine.
"I've been lucky enough to be able to move around the room," Connelly says of his varied career which has seen him go from anchoring MTV's coverage of Woodstock '99, to interviewing Vice President Al Gore and Senators Bill Bradley and John McCain, and covering the murder of Tupac Shakur and the shooting at Columbine High School. "I'm a life-long sports fan - I was there when the Phillies and Tigers won the World Series - and now I'm looking forward to working before an upbeat audience. I want Unscripted to be the gathering place for sports fans every afternoon."Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories
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