Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Dallas, Texas native went to Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship, and then made the natural transition to sportscasting with a local station. During his six years there, he worked his way up the ranks from part-time sportscaster to weekend sportscaster. He also had the opportunity to cover hard news stories, including the 1995 tragedy at the Federal Building, an event which profoundly affected his perspective on life and career.
A visit to L.A. in 1999 for an audition for a horseracing network led to a permanent move. Later that year, Harrison landed the job as host of HGTV’s Designer's Challenge, which was consistently one of the network's highest-rated shows. In 2001, he became host of ABC's hit romance/reality series, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He also has hosted ABC's popular reality show Bachelor Pad, the all-star reunion from previous seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, from 2010-2012, and its OMG buzz-worthy hit successor Bachelor in Paradise, the last two years, 2014-2015. Additionally, Chris hosted the live after-show, After Paradise, with author and Bachelor franchise enthusiast Jenny Mollen in 2015. The new weekly, one-hour show, dished about the outrageous happenings on the hot series with cast members and celebrity fans.
Harrison continues to advance in the entertainment industry through a variety of professional endeavors. He is the new host of the nationally syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He joined the popular long-running franchise beginning with its 14th season the fall of 2015 while remaining the host of the Bachelor franchise. Harrison also has co-hosted ABC's live coverage of The Miss America Pageant for the past five years, from 2011 to 2015. He first hosted the iconic broadcast on ABC in 2004. Additional hosting credits include Emmys Red Carpet Live at the 2012 Primetime Emmys, ABC's 2011 American Music Awards Red Carpet, live television coverage of the final championship rounds of the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on ABC, ABC's 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live! and Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards, ABC.com's daily coverage leading up to the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards.
In a departure from his many broadcast endeavors, Harrison turned to the written page, as he penned his first book – an emotional, passionate and suspenseful novel entitled The Perfect Letter. The romantic novel was published by Harper Collins in May 2015.
The versatile Harrison has done his fair share of acting as well, with roles in the popular television series Alias, The Practice, Six Feet Under and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. His feature film appearances include Bounce, Showtime and portraying himself in the comedy Date Movie.
In his spare time Harrison still plays soccer and has become addicted to golf. He has developed a great appreciation for the weather and lifestyle of Southern California, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with 14-year-old son, Joshua, and 12-year-old daughter, Taylor.