Chris Van Vliet
Van Vliet in February 2019
Born
Christopher Van Vliet

(1983-05-19) May 19, 1983 (age 38)
Occupation
Years active2005–present
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2011–present
Subscribers303,000[1]
(January 12, 2022)
Total views105.3 million[1]
(January 12, 2022)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2018
Websitewww.chrisvanvliet.com

Christopher Van Vliet (born May 19, 1983) is a Canadian television/radio personality, YouTuber, professional film critic, and entrepreneur currently living in Studio City, Los Angeles.

He is an entertainment reporter for FOX affiliate WSVN in Miami on the show Deco Drive. Prior to coming to Miami, he worked at WOIO in Cleveland and was a radio personality on WDOK. He is also known for his work in his native Canada as the former co-host of the Sun TV show Inside Jam! and the co-host of Razer's (now MTV2) 969 program.

Van Vliet serves as a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association[2] and he runs a YouTube channel bearing his name where he interviews celebrities and wrestling personalities. He has worked for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a backstage interviewer on AEW Dynamite.

Education and early career

Van Vliet was born in Pickering, Ontario, where he attended Pine Ridge Secondary School. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he completed the university's communication studies program. While attending he held jobs at Rogers Community Television and AM570 News in Kitchener. His first on-air job was with CHEX-TV in Peterborough, Ontario, where he was a news reporter and videographer immediately following graduation.[3] He is of Dutch descent.[4]

969

Main article: 969 (TV series)

Following his early days in Peterborough, Van Vliet eventually moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was hired as a host and producer for Razer Television's (what would eventually become MTV2) 969 program.[5] 969 aired from November 2004 until it was cancelled in 2007. While there, he also hosted Razer News, a celebrity news program. In 2007, Van Vliet was voted as the third favorite Vancouver TV personality by the readers of TV Week Magazine.

Inside Jam!

Main article: Jam!

Following 969, Van Vliet returned to Toronto where he co-hosted the program Inside Jam! with Tara Slone on Sun TV. While the program was initially an hour-long daily entertainment news program, on March 23, 2006, it was reported that the program was moving to a 1-hour Saturday format.[6] Inside Jam! has since been scaled down to a half-hour program airing Saturdays and Sundays.[7]

WOIO

In February 2010, Van Vliet announced on air on Inside Jam! that he would be leaving the show, having accepted a position as an entertainment reporter at CBS affiliate WOIO in Cleveland, Ohio.[8] In April 2010 he was voted by Inside Edition as one of Cleveland's hottest bachelors.[9]

In October 2011 he was named by Cosmopolitan Magazine as the Bachelor of the Year. He donated the $10,000 prize to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.[10]

On June 2, 2012 Van Vliet won two Sports Emmy Awards for Best Host and Best Single Sports Story for his report on Gregory Iron, a professional wrestler from Cleveland who wrestles despite being born with cerebral palsy.[11]

On June 7, 2014 Van Vliet won his third Sports Emmy Award for Best Host.

WSVN

Van Vliet began as the entertainment reporter for WSVN's nightly program Deco Drive on January 5, 2015. On January 29, 2016, Van Vliet interviewed Leslie Mann and Dakota Johnson for the film How to Be Single. The interview subsequently became a viral video after the actresses spent the entire time aggressively flirting with Van Vliet.[12]

On June 27, 2015, Van Vliet won his fourth Emmy Award for Best Host. He has a total of nine nominations.

Outside interests

Bass fishing

In addition to his media work, Van Vliet also is involved with competitive bass fishing, having entered numerous Bassmaster and FLW Outdoors tournaments,[13] and even winning an Amateur Division Big Fish of the Day title when the Bassmaster Northern Open took place from September 12–14, 2013 in Sandusky, Ohio, with a 6-pound, 7-ounce smallmouth bass.[14] He also has recorded two overall top ten finishes in previous Bassmaster Northern Opens. He is the co-founder of the outdoors brand WOO! Tungsten.

Professional wrestling

Chris Van Vliet
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2011–present
GenreInterview
Subscribers291K[15]
(July 10th 2021)
Total views100,141,713[15]
(July 10th 2021)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2018

Van Vliet is an avid professional wrestling fan, having worked as an announcer for Cleveland-based independent promotion Prime Wrestling,[16] Blueprint Pro Wrestling in Deerfield Beach, Florida, as well as several companies in Toronto. He frequently conducts interviews with professional wrestlers from national companies such as WWE, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and Impact Wrestling for his popular YouTube channel. He announced on July 29, 2019, that he had signed with AEW as a backstage interviewer for the organization's weekly television show AEW Dynamite on TNT.[17][18][19]

Awards

References

  1. ^ a b "About Chris Van Vliet". YouTube.
  2. ^ "BFCA Member Directory". Bfca.org. Archived from the original on 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ "Chris Van Vliet Biography on Inside Jam".
  4. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/ChrisVanVliet/status/373100719551041536[bare URL]
  5. ^ Jesse Kohl (2008-07-17). "CTV rebrands Razer as MTV2". Media in Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  6. ^ "Sun down, Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star". Thestar.blogs.com. 2006-03-23. Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  7. ^ Inside Jam! on SunTV schedule listing
  8. ^ Warmington, Joe. "Who do you like in Super Bowl?, Joe Warmington". Torontosun.com. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  9. ^ Dawn Masenya (2010-04-20). "'Inside Edition' reveals Cleveland's hottest bachelors". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  10. ^ "2011 Cosmo Bachelor of The Year - Interview with Chris Van Vliet". Cosmopolitan. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  11. ^ a b "NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter". NATASLGL. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  12. ^ "Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann Hit On "Hot" Reporter". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via www.youtube.com.
  13. ^ "Angler Chris van Vliet: Top Cosmo bachelor". 2011-10-27.
  14. ^ a b Egan, D'Arcy (September 15, 2013). "Mike Iaconelli wins Northern Open on Lake Erie; Joe Balog moves up to second". cleveland.
  15. ^ a b "About ChrisVanVliet". YouTube.
  16. ^ "PRIME Wrestling". www.primewrestling.com.
  17. ^ http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/310789/[VIDEO]-Dolph-Ziggler-to-be-Examined-Sunday-Before-the-Royal-Rumble.htm
  18. ^ "MJF interview gets interrupted by room service among many, many other things". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via www.youtube.com.
  19. ^ "TNA Champion Bully Ray Interrupts Local Newscast". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via www.youtube.com.
  20. ^ "NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter". nataslgl.org.
  21. ^ "Chris Van Vliet". Best Dressed Man on the Planet. September 20, 2013.
  22. ^ "BIO – Chris Van Vliet".