By Donna Parker
In the 13 years since Chris Weber ’93 graduated from Trinity, he’s received a coveted journalism fellowship leading to an assignment at a Berlin TV station, traveled the world as a producer for the Food Network tasting exotic dishes, and established an online network news site. Not bad for a short decade of work.
“I enjoy a newsroom when news is breaking,” says this award-winning journalist who covered the 9-11 terrorist attacks while on assignment in New York for CBS News.
Chris still has his eye on breaking news as the broadcast editor for the Associated Press Bureau in Los Angeles, but he is branching out to pursue his passion for motion picture screenwriting and already has finished three scripts with an LA colleague, one of which is in development with a big-name producer and is just about to get off the ground.
“The fact that I’m working on my own is my biggest achievement,” says this fledging screenwriter. “When I jumped off on my own into the abyss and decided I wanted to write about things that I like – and I’m pleased to say that I’m making a living and I’m very happy.”
His love of the media was nurtured at Trinity by the chairman of the communications department, William Christ, about whom Chris says, “He taught me that you can be intellectual about media, but it’s important to also be ‘hands on’ and understand how things work. Also, I can’t stress enough how important a liberal arts education is in terms of a broader understanding of life. I’m glad I took other courses such as physics and religion and that all of my Trinity classes were small and intimate, rather than crammed with hundreds of people as in the larger schools.”
He adds that a smaller school provided the foundation for establishing lifelong friendships – “The best friends I’ll ever have,” says Chris.
His most passionate memory is exploring Enchanted Rock with friends – a place he describes as “mythical and magical.”
It’s easy to imagine that there is magic in store for this screenwriter and that one day we’ll see his name rolling in the movie credits. For now, this award-winning network journalist enjoys life in LA by spending time with his brother on Venice Beach and biking through the hills of Topanga Canyon – tapping into his creative juices for writing the next great screenplay.