Chris Villani is a reporter, play-by-play announcer, sports anchor, and talk show host. His experience ranges from covering breaking news to breaking down the hottest topics in sports.
Chris works as a reporter for the Boston Herald, covering news and politics on the radio, the Web, and in print. He spends days chasing down assignments for the daily paper and has reported extensively on inner-city crime, city politics, and the 2016 presidential election.
In addition to his work at the Herald, Chris is a talk radio host and personality on the WEEI Sports Radio Network. He’s often heard in the evenings as the in-studio host for Red Sox baseball as well as on various weekend programs, including “The Chris Villani Show” and “Red Sox Review.”
Chris can be heard nationally on ESPN Radio as the host of “SportsCenter AllNight” and “Baseball Tonight.” He is also read at the local level in the Milford and Upton-Mendon Town Criers, where he has worked as a sports reporter and columnist since 2010.
On the play-by-play front, Chris has been calling games professionally for nearly a decade. He’s called college basketball games on ESPN3, including the America East and Northeast 10 conference tournaments. He’s been the voice of the men’s basketball teams at the University of Vermont and Harvard University. His time covering the teams included the Catamounts’ run to the 2012 NCAA tournament and during the original “Lin-sanity” when Jeremy Lin took the Harvard campus by storm.
Chris’s past experience includes serving as the program director and host for 101.3 ESPN in Burlington, Vermont, covering an active college and minor league sports region, as well as professional teams from Boston, New York City, and Montreal. During his time in Burlington, he provided play-by-play for UVM and the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Class A short season affiliate of the Oakland As.
In addition to being the voice of Crimson basketball, Chris also provided play-by-play for number of other events and teams, including Harvard football and volleyball, Babson College basketball and ice hockey and the Northeast-10 Basketball Games of the Week. Chris has also called championship events including the IIHF World Under-18 Ice Hockey Championships, the America East basketball tournament, and the Division II NCAA basketball tournament.
Outside of the sports media realm, Chris enjoys staying active. He is a cyclist and runner and has practiced the Korean martial arts of Soo Bahk Do and Taekwondo. He likes dining out, Boston pubs, and is frustrated on a regular basis by golf and the guitar.
He is active on social media, to follow Chris on Twitter, visit: https://twitter.com/ChrisVillani44