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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2013

Former TV journalist joins City Hall communications team

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Troy Schulte and Communications Director Danny Rotert have hired Chris Hernandez as deputy director of the City Communications Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office.

Hernandez will handle media relations duties, as well as manage operations of the City’s television channel, KCCG-TV, and resident engagement activities.

“We are thrilled Chris will join our communications team. His experience and passion for Kansas City will absolutely help us better serve our residents as we completely revamp our outreach, television programing, engagement and website. Chris has long been in the business of public service, and we are looking forward to bringing his unique private sector knowledge into City Hall,” said Communications Director Danny Rotert.

Residents may recognize Hernandez from his years working as the political and City Hall reporter for 41 Action News and his frequent appearances on KCPT's "Week in Review" program. Hernandez also worked for several years at Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

His broadcast news career included working in the third largest TV market in the country, at the CBS station in Chicago, WBBM-TV. Before that he reported in cities as diverse as Cleveland, Ohio and Amarillo, Texas.
Chris has most recently been working as the marketing director at Unicorn Theatre in midtown Kansas City.

Hernandez actively supports many charitable and social service agencies. He serves as a board member of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired and a Community Advisory Board member at KCPT.

He has served as honorary chairman for the 2010 and 2011 DIFFA Holidays by Design, 2006 AIDS Bicycle Challenge and the "Faces of Diabetes" public awareness campaign. He often serves as master of ceremonies at charity events and public forums, and he also sings with the Heartland Men’s Chorus.

Hernandez lives in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood with his partner. His extended family lives in Shawnee, Kan., and Lee's Summit, Mo.

It’s easy to find Chris on Facebook, or follow Chris on Twitter @NewserHernandez or on the City’s Twitter account @KCMO.

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