Chris Tanaka

Chris Tanaka


Cleveland, Ohio

Chris anchors the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on Cleveland 19 as well as the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on CLE43.

Chris joined the Cleveland 19 news team in July of 2016, after a five year stay in Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, he covered everything from politics to tropical storms to shark attacks and Marcus Mariota’s meteoric rise to Heisman Trophy winner.

While the move to Cleveland may seem in sharp contrast to Hawaii, Chris has roots in Ohio. His father was born and raised in Lakewood. His aunt still lives in Cleveland.

An award-winning journalist, Chris was previously Sports Director for KDVR in Denver, Co. His on-air career began in Great Falls, Montana.

Chris earned an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an MBA from Regis University in Denver.

He’s happily married with two young boys. He says his interests include "running slowly, golfing poorly, and dining generously."

Recent Articles by Chris

FDA squeezes Lakewood small business with huge fees over hand sanitizer formula administration gave

  The Next 400: Advisory council with real life steps to combat social and racial injustice

  The Next 400 looks at racial inclusion beginning with classroom lessons in Lakewood

  The Next 400: Racism in Healthcare

  Reporter Notebook: Chris Tanaka reveals the importance of ‘The Next 400’

  What should Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine focus on in 2020? (one-on-one interview)

  Flight of a lifetime: Cleveland veterans revisit wartime past, honor fallen heroes

  Ohio’s legal marijuana: What the government really thinks

  Medical marijuana in Ohio: What the law allows and prohibits

  Scientists are creating a better pot leaf to treat ailments and illness. But what’s really inside, and is Ohio ready?

Ohio man moves to Colorado and quits heroin cold turkey with the help of medical marijuana

  Ohio medical marijuana, a survivor and a skeptic: Turning a new leaf (part 1)

Cleveland's stay-at-home moms suffer more stress, depression than working mothers

Challenges of making a career change and how to overcome them

Cuddle therapy: Does it work? Here's what it's like (video)