Chris Sweigart is the Manager of Digital Content for 11Alive News. Chris is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day content on 11Alive.com and its associated mobile website and apps. He also oversees the newsroom's presence on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.
Chris joined 11Alive as an 11Alive.com Web Producer in October 2007. During his time with 11Alive, he has worked as a field reporter and as the newsroom's Director of Social Media.
Chris came to 11Alive from WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia. As a reporter there, his work too him all the way to Iraq. He was embedded with the Army’s 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based out of Fort Benning. Aside from covering Fort Benning and the Army, he also covered city politics. Chris often contributed articles for WRBL’s newspaper partner, The Opelika-Auburn News.
After two years as a reporter at WRBL, Chris was promoted to Web Site Coordinator for WRBL.com and OANow.com. Prior to his work in Columbus, Chris worked for FalconsVision as an Associate Producer/Reporter, covering the Atlanta Falcons for the 2003 season.
Chris graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Politics. He is still active in the Atlanta Area Alumni Association for his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi.
Chris attends and is active at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners.
Chris grew up in Duluth, Georgia and attended Duluth High School. When he's not covering the news, he can be found on the golf course, taking in a good baseball or hockey game, or hanging out with friends.
In His Own Words - Five Questions for Chris
You're most likely to see me around town at: Restaurants, Sporting Events, Cultural Events
On the weekends I love to: Play golf, Hang out with friends and family, Explore Atlanta
The high school, college or pro sports teams I root for are: University of Notre Dame, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Thrashers, Gwinnett Gladiators, Gwinnett Braves
If I'm watching a movie or listening to music, it's probably: Action Adventure, Comedy, Rock, Alternative
The story or interview I am most proud of is: Embedding with the U.S. Army during their deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Give us a one interesting tidbit about yourself: I wish I had the time and money to travel more. I really enjoy traveling to unusual places, getting away from the hotels and resorts and experiencing new and different cultures.
Favorite vacation spot: Key West, Florida
Who do you admire most and why? My parents. In my youth, they both dedicated their lives to raising my sister and I to be the happy, successful people we are today. Now that both of us are adults, they have refocused their lives on serving their community. A commercial realtor, my father devotes much of his spare time to his Rotary Club's community efforts. A nurse, my mother has dedicated her professional life to healing, protecting and serving the injured and ill.
What/who inspires you? Whether it is our men and women in the military and public safety who bravely put their lives on the line for our security or the average person who goes out of their way to help somebody, selfless acts of service inspire me the most.