MAINE, USA — Chris Costa is a Multimedia Journalist and Anchor at NEWS CENTER Maine in Portland, ME.
Chris returned to Maine after about a year and a half at our sister station in Houston, TX, KHOU 11.
There, Chris was immediately dispatched to cover the mass shooting in Midland/Odessa, breaking news of the FBI raid on the shooter’s home, and documenting the grief and simultaneous resilience of the Permian Basin community.
He was also tapped to lead the coverage of the historic NASA/SpaceX launch of the Demo-2 mission, which sent US astronauts in US rockets from US soil for the first time in more than a decade. Chris detailed the Dragon capsule’s specifications, its flight path, as well as the crew, and the mission.
Chris also covered the death of Houston native George Floyd, as well as the marches, protests, and calls for social justice.
He also became one of the lead reporters on the COVID-19 pandemic in Houston, which has the country’s largest medical center and learned quickly about hospital operations, public health surveillance, and epidemiology, to explain to viewers how the city and surrounding counties were managing patients and cases.
Chris has won a National Edward R. Murrow award in 2018 for a hard news story about officer-involved shootings. He also won a Boston/New England Regional Emmy as “Outstanding Videojournalist” for a story about a mother from Maine who lost her son on the cargo ship El Faro, which sank in 2015.
In April of 2018, Chris traveled to Houston to report on former First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral.
In February of 2018, Chris reported from Minneapolis covering the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Great game, but not a great outcome for Pats fans (sad face).
In September of 2017 Chris traveled for Central Georgia as Hurricane Irma forced people to evacuate from their homes.
Chris got his start in news at KAGS HD in Bryan, TX: where football is king. Stories about Texas A&M University, even the football team, could lead a newscast. Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans are just two of the stars Chris covered in the heart of Aggieland, while also cutting his teeth as a news multimedia journalist. Chris was later promoted to the station’s 10 p.m. co-anchor/producer.
If you're trying to avoid that conference call or staff meeting, or just kill a few spare hours, ask Chris about the Patriots, Star Wars, or classic rock, and tell your boss "something came up."
Chris has a hard time sitting still, so he surfs, plays and coaches lacrosse and hits the gym or looks for a nice place to hike. If it's rainy, he'll stay inside and bang on his drums (all day).
Chris lives in Portland with his wife, Ashley, and the hairiest member of their family: Kai (their dog).