Chris Ramirez has spent the last decade exposing wrongdoing and working to make his community a better and safer place to live and work. As a news anchor and 4 Investigates Reporter, he describes his mission when approaching each story as digging beyond the problem to find solutions. Pointing to problems is the easiest part of the job, but it's knowing who to hold accountable and where to go to solve the problem that has made Chris one of the most trusted journalists in our state.
The stories Chris has exposed are making a difference in the lives of many New Mexicans. In 2013, he exposed allegations that staff at a teen ranch abused several boys. The day after the investigation aired, police raided the ranch setting off the largest Amber Alert in state history. All of the children made it home safe. The story also revealed loopholes in state law that allow some facilities that care for children to avoid oversight.
The investigations pursued by Chris have a wide range, spanning from environmental safety issues to unexpected drug side effects. Covering the fiery political landscape in New Mexico is a frequent assignment for Chris. He's exposed lawmakers who swap votes for favors and high-ranking officials who abuse their power for personal gain. Chris has also interviewed notorious criminals, shady business owners, scam artists, and a list of nefarious people who have made headlines. However, the stories Chris celebrates the most are the ones where his work has helped make a terrible situation better.
Chris's work has earned him several awards including New Mexico Broadcasters' Association "Reporter of the Year" in 2013 and 2015. Chris has also been recognized for his political coverage, his ability to cover breaking news and for his continuing coverage of problems plaguing our state.
Chris earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism at New Mexico State University and his master's degree in Public Administration at the University of New Mexico. Chris also worked at KOAT-TV from 2006-2009 and served the City of Albuquerque for two years as the mayor's communications director and spokesman. He's also reported in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and El Paso, Texas.
Chris's father is an Air Force veteran. As a military brat, Chris and his brother Shayne grew up around the globe including Germany, Portugal, Colorado and Hawaii.
Chris and his family live near Albuquerque's historic Old Town. His two Australian Shepherds Lexi and Oliver keep Chris active on the city's running trails often. But a senior citizen dachshund named Abby, who Chris rescued years ago, encourages some couch potato habits!