Proving that celebrity journalism doesn’t just happen in Hollywood, Chris has interviewed some of the most high-profile celebrities in the business – and he’s done it while still living in his hometown of Michigan. There, in a suburb outside of Detroit, Chris is editor of Q Syndicate, the international wire service for LGBT press, serving content to over 30 publications in the U.S., Canada and around the world.
His widely read chats with Britney Spears, Adam Levine, Beyonce, Jennifer Nettles and Patti LaBelle haven’t just earned exposure in the gay community alone – they’ve generated lots of mainstream buzz. His star-studded interviews have made news in major outlets such as Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, E! Online, Us Weekly, USA Today, Perez Hilton, in addition to numerous blogs. In 2013, Amy Grant granted Chris her first interview with gay press, as have Dave Franco (James’ brother) and Martina McBride (the country singer chatted with Chris in 2008 for Out.com, which was most recently referenced on “Larry King Live”).
Chris graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in journalism from Eastern Michigan University and began his career at Between The Lines, Michigan’s LGBT newspaper, in 2007. Since then, his work has appeared in LGBT publications in many major cities: Dallas Voice, South Florida Gay News, AccessLine Iowa, GayCalgary, The Rainbow Times News (New England), David Magazine (Atlanta) and Gloss (San Francisco). In 2010, Chris was awarded the Michigan Media Award for giving his hometown gay newspaper and LGBT regional press international exposure.