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Chris Burrous was a weekday reporter and weekend anchor for the KTLA 5 Morning News. He passed away unexpectedly in December 2018.

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Chris started his broadcasting career in Southern California — while still attending Chapman University — at KCKC-AM and KCXX-FM in San Bernardino. KNTV-TV and KLIV-AM in San Jose, Calif., were next, followed by morning and evening anchoring duties at KEVN-TV in Rapid City, S.D.

The next move was his best, KGET-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., as morning anchor. That’s where Chris met his wife and discovered the joys of Luigi’s and Wool Growers, and other great Kern County institutions like Buck Owens. Working his way up Highway 99, Chris anchored mornings at KGPE-TV in Fresno, Calif. Our state’s capitol was home for six years as Chris anchored at KMAX-TV’s “Good Day Sacramento.” While in Sacramento, Chris also hosted newstalk on KFBK-AM and hosted a weekly program on PBS, “California Heartland.”

A big change was next, as Chris joined Tribune and anchored mornings at WPIX-TV in New York City. Finally after a journey that spanned from the Orange Circle to the Blackhills to Truckee and even the Bronx, Chris joined KTLA in 2010 to help extend the Morning News to seven days a week.

Chris is the son of a Central Valley farmer and a NASA engineer.

Chris is always looking for your suggestions for his “Burrous’ Bites” segments where he meets a KTLA viewer at their favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant and gives it a try. Chris also contributes a regular series “Made in California,” featuring local companies that are still making it in the USA.

He is always looking for good ideas for segments for the weekends. Please email him directly at: He is also the co-president of the 6 a.m. gang; if you’d like to join, please email:

Recent Articles
  • Chris Burrous dines with Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel at La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena for a Burrous' Bites segment that aired on Dec. 30, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Burrous’ Bites: La Grande Orange Café in Pasadena

    La Grande Orange Café 260 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 Tel: (626) 356-4444 This originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

  • Burrous’ Bites: Le Bon Garçon Gourmet Caramels in Moorpark and Hollywood

    Le Bon Garçon is gourmet caramel shop in with locations in Moorpark and Hollywood that has such phenomenal and delicious candy concoctions, it was named to “Oprah Favorite Things.” The online and in-store business features unique, delightful combinations of sugary, buttery goodness – everything from the classic salted caramel, to honey-lavender, tiramisu, spiced cider and orange mimosa varieties. Chris Burrous samples the tasty treats and talks with Justin Chao, the French-trained chef behind them, in this edition of Burrous’ Bites. […]

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    Burrous’ Bites: Delicious Sweet Rolled Tacos in Garden Grove

    Chris Burrous loves a good choco-taco, but a KTLA viewer tipped him off to this fresh option in Garden Grove. It’s called Sweet Rolled Tacos, and they’re serving up all kinds kinds of ice cream tacos: from S’mores Galore to Birthday Cake, Mint Oreo and Rainbow Road. You can even make your own flavor combination. This segment aired on KTLA’s California Cooking: Episode 14. Sweet Rolled Tacos 9930 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove Phone: 714-300-4607

  • Burrous’ Bites: Hidden Café in Camarillo

    Hidden Café 795 Camarillo Springs Rd., Camarillo Tel: (805) 484-9674 Tues-Sun 7am-2pm Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

  • Burrous’ Bites: The Best Breakfast Cafe in Oxnard

    The Best Breakfast Cafe 5141 Saviers Road Oxnard, CA 93033 (805) 271-1113 Open 7 days: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

  • Burrous’ Bites: The Meat Cellar in Claremont

    vA4bpuNfZ61L8xXIGXx”] Chris Burrous took a trip to Claremont to check out The Meat Cellar after a viewer raved the Tomahawk steak — which is served on a hot cast iron grill — and the super poutine. This edition of Burrous’ Bites aired on KTLA’s California Cooking: Episode 13. The Meat Cellar: 665 E Foothill Blvd. 909-621-2300  

  • A sandwich is seen at The Grill by Green Acres in Simi Valley in December 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Burrous’ Bites: The Grill by Green Acres in Simi Valley

    The Grill by Green Acres 2982 E. Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley 93065 (805) 526-5859 Hours: Mon-Thur 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fri & Sat 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

  • Burrous’ Bites: Authentic Belgian Liege Waffles at Waffle Love in Northridge

    Chris Burrous got a tip from a viewer raving about a restaurant with the absolute best waffles, so naturally he had to check the place out. It’s Waffle Love in Northridge, a joint that’s serving up authentic Belgian liege waffles topped with an array of sweet and savory ingredients. Think chicken and waffles, a waffle grilled cheese “sandwich,” and waffles oozing with stuffed chocolate or creamy Nutella. And, for special occasions, they even make waffle cakes! This segment aired on […]

  • Burrous’ Bites: Unwind in Tarzana

    Unwind 19100 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356 (818) 599-6911 Originally aired on KTLA Weekend Morning News on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

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