News Update!!: Whittier, CA: Saying goodbye to beloved KTLA 5 journalist Chris Burrous.
Family, friends and colleagues gathered on Friday, January 11th, 2019 in Whittier, California to bid a final farewell to beloved KTLA 5 journalist Chris Burrous.
The private memorial service was held inside SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries, where Chris Burrous was remembered for his love of family and his ability to connect with viewers.
Chris Burrous was born on January 11th, 1975, was the son of a farmer and NASA engineer and graduated from Chapman University with a degree in broadcast journalism before working as a reporter and anchor for more than 20 years up until his sudden death.
Chris Burrous came to KTLA Channel 5 in 2011 after spending 14 years as a reporter and anchor at news stations across the United States, primarily in the Central Valley area of California, where one of his parents was from.
After stints at stations in the Bay Area and South Dakota, Chris Burrous joined KGET Channel 17 in Bakersfield, California in 1999 as a morning news anchor. It was there that he met his wife, Mai Do-Burrous, a fellow journalist. The couple wed in 2003 and share a 9 year old daughter, Isabella.
After anchoring the morning news at both KGPE Channel 47 in Fresno, California and KMAX-TV Channel 31 in Sacramento, California, Chris Burrous accepted his first job outside California with KTLA sister station WPIX Channel 11 in New York City, New York where he was an anchor.
Upon leaving New York for Los Angeles, Chris Burrous told the New York Daily News he asked for a transfer so that his daughter could grow up near her grandparents. The family wound up settling in Porter Ranch.
Well at KTLA Channel 5, Chris Burrous helped extend to Morning News to seven days a week, anchoring weekends and covering breaking news on weekday mornings.
Chris Burrous’ weekend Burrous’ Bites segments, on which he highlighted the best hole-in-the-wall eateries Southern California has to offer, were a viewer favorite.
Chris Burrous was also an integral part of the news team at KTLA Channel 5, leading news coverage of California’s recent devastating wildfires and ensuing weather hazards as well as tragedies such as the mass deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
Chris Burrous has a wife name Mai and the couple has a 9 year old daughter named Isabella.
Chris Burrous died on December 27th, 2018 after being found room unconscious inside a motel room at the Days Inn in Glendale, California.
KTLA Channel 5 is reporting that authorities said his death is being investigated as a possible overdose.
Following is death, thousands of messages were sent into the KTLA 5 Newsroom expressing love and support for the Chris Burrous’ family, a testament to the connection he shared with those who watched Chris Burrous on-air.
During the memorial service, family members and colleagues spoke about beloved KTLA 5 journalist and weekend morning news anchor.
KTLA 5 Morning News colleague Wendy Burch praised the late journalist’s ability to bring stories to life.
“I think that was your dad’s gift — he could take just this tiny, tiny, little story and make it so interesting for all of us,” Wendy Burch said, addressing Isabella.
Chris Burrous’ wife Mai stood alongside their daughter, 9 year old Isabella, as she addresses mourners during a memorial service.
“I could have never fathomed the enormity of your affection for him. So thank you all for helping to keep Chris alive, in your hearts and in your memories,” said Mai.
As loved ones paid tribute, Chris Burrous’ daughter Isabella addressed the chapel full of mourners at the memorial service saying, “In my heart, he’s still there and alive and I hope he is for all of you, too.”
His family, friends, co-workers and his many fans are deeply sad for the loss of Chris Burrous and we all will miss him.
**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Chris Burrous. We all will miss you and thank you for your great and honest news reporting and brightening up our weekend mornings. ****
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