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Shawn Chitnis joined the CBS4 news team in August 2015. The move to Colorado is an exciting change for the Northwest native who spent most of his life in Washington state.
As a multimedia journalist (MMJ), Shawn not only reports in front of the camera but also shoots and edits his own video. He can also run his own liveshots using a special backpack that sends out a video and audio signal to the station. Shawn came to CBS4 as the station’s first overnight reporter. For two years, he was working while you sleep and tried to sleep while you were probably working. After chasing stories that broke overnight, he’s excited to cover a variety of topics that often only happen during daylight.
Before moving to Denver, Shawn spent four years as a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Washington. He worked as an MMJ and covered a variety of stories including local politics, severe weather and major trials in town. Shawn always enjoyed reporting on the growth of local businesses in the community and changes in education at all grade levels.
While at KREM-TV he covered one of the largest wildfires in Washington state history nonstop for 24 hours. He was also the first journalist to sit down with former Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal after allegations about her misleading the community about her race were revealed. His interview was picked up by CBS News and other major new organizations around the world.
Shawn’s first job out of college was also in his home state as a morning reporter and MMJ for KNDO-TV in Yakima, Washington. That job was a chance to return back to the Northwest after spending four years in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC and is a proud Trojan! FIGHT ON!
Born and raised in western Washington, Shawn grew up just outside of Seattle. He loves living in a big city again and calling Denver home.
Just The Facts
Year hired: 2015
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Dream job: TV Reporter
Role model: Mahatma Ghandi
Star sign: Scorpio
First TV appearance: KNDO-TV (Yakima, WA) in November 2008
First story: Snow Tires (but my second story was a frozen turkey bowling competition for charity!)
Hobbies: Traveling and dining out
Why I am journalist: I learn something new every day and meet interesting people along the way
Favorite food: Pasta
Number of siblings: I’m an only child
Favorite vacation spot: New York
What one word best describes CBS4: Dedicated
Least favorite household chore: Vacuuming
Favorite word: Juxtaposition
Least favorite words: Fatal
What’s on your iPod? Michael Jackson
What keeps you in Colorado? The combination of city living and exploring the outdoors
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken? Moving to Yakima for my first job after college
Who would play you in a movie? Dev Patel (from “Slumdog Millionaire and The Newsroom”)