Chris Rose Wiki, Biography
Chris Rose, a veteran television journalist, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, January 12 at the age of 63. Chris worked at News Center Maine for over thirty years and earned a reputation for being dedicated and dependable.
The Portland television station announced the journalist’s death Thursday afternoon through a post on its website. The announcement said: “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the loss of respected Maine journalist Chris Rose, who died Wednesday following a cardiac event.”
Chris Rose wrote about several high-profile events, including the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the sinking of El Faro in 2015. He also covered national stories involving people from Maine.
Chris Rose also covered notable stories like that of Hollywood actor Robin Williams, who once came to Maine to film a movie. According to News Center Maine reports, Chris is survived by his two daughters, Miranda and Duffy.
Chris’s colleagues and other television station staff described him as an unflappable and dependable journalist who could produce accurate and compelling stories under pressure and on short deadlines.
While announcing Chris’ departure from WCSH, a longtime presenter for the channel and former colleague of Chris’s, Pat Callaghan, wrote in 2018:
“No one has been more reliable. You always knew that he would meet the deadline; the story would be factual, compelling, and complete; and he would never waste words. That was probably the formation of him as a producer in action”.
Callaghan retired from News Center Maine in December 2022.
Chris Rose’s journalistic career through the years
Chris Rose began his television news career at WSMW-TV in Worcester, Massachusetts. He worked at WBZ-TV in Boston as a writer and producer. He later joined the Maine News Center, where he devotedly worked for more than three decades.
Chris began working for WCSH as a news producer in 1986. He then followed his fate and began working as an on-camera news reporter. According to his colleagues, Chris gave his all to every story, no matter how serious, interesting, or important the topic.
Chris’ work and dedication did not go unrewarded when he was inducted into the Maine Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2017. Pat Callaghan wrote in 2018 that if ever a reporter at the News was given an MVP award Center, Chris being nominated every year.
After leaving News Center Maine, the veteran journalist joined the University of New England in Australia and worked as a public relations strategist.
Many people who knew the journalist and followed his stories took to Twitter to share his sadness at his passing.
Shannon Moss, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, who previously worked as a reporter for News Center Maine and was a colleague of Chris’s for seven years, expressed her shock when she learned of his death. She said:
“Chris was quieter, but he had a great sense of humor, a wonderful smile and he loved being the father of his two daughters. And while many of us have moved on from News Center Maine, we still consider ourselves family and this loss hurts a lot.”
Sarah Delage, who was a colleague of Chris’s for five years at News Center Maine and is currently director of public relations and communications for UNE, said:
“With his decades of experience in storytelling, his knowledge of the Maine media landscape and his overall calm and steady demeanor, it was a dream to work with him. Our entire communications and marketing team loved and respected him.”
She went on to say that Chris had a stable, even-tempered quality that benefited him in public relations and in the news. Delage claimed that the late journalist had the ability to put others at ease so they could share his stories without feeling nervous, anxious or uncomfortable.
Ellen Beaulieu, UNE’s vice president of strategy and communications, called the death of Chris Rose “heartbreaking.” In a message to the UNE community, she said Chris was a familiar face and his presence was trusted on television across the state.