Last Updated Dec 20, 2017 10:23 PM EST
Kris Van Cleave was appointed CBS News Transportation Correspondent in September 2015 and is based in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the Network's 24-hour television newsgathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world. Since joining CBS News in 2014, Van Cleave has covered a number of breaking news stories including the deadly derailment of Amtrak train 188, the Boston Marathon bombing trial, and the crash of Germanwings 9525.
Prior to joining CBS Newspath, Van Cleave served as a reporter and anchor for nearly eight years at WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. While there, he covered the mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, the Virginia Tech massacre and the 2012 South Carolina GOP presidential primary. He also reported from outside the White House the night news broke Osama Bin Laden was killed, broadcast from Haiti after the devastating earthquake, and traveled to Afghanistan to cover local troops. Van Cleave also anchored NewsChannel 8's 6:00 p.m. newscast.
Previously, Van Cleave was a reporter at XETV/Fox6 News in San Diego, Calif., and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colo. He began his television career as the producer of KTLA-TV/Tribune's nationally syndicated "CyberGuy Report."
Van Cleave has earned 12 regional Emmy Awards, nine regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and was part of ABC7's team of reporters honored with the 2010 and 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards for breaking news coverage. He twice received the Emmy Award for the D.C. region's best general assignment reporter (2007 and 2010), and was named 2010 and 2011 "Best Reporter" by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association. His work has also been recognized by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the San Diego Press Club, the Colorado Associated Press, the University of Southern California and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 2011, Van Cleave was selected as a RIAS Berlin Komission Fellow, and traveled to Pakistan in 2013 as an East-West Center Fellow.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California.