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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Christine DiMattei - WLRN

Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative night gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news -- and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.

Throughout her career, she has won numerous awards in hard news, breaking news and arts and culture feature reporting categories. As an anchor and reporter for WLRN, Chris has interviewed internationally-renowned flautist Sir James Galway, conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas, and actors John Cusack, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Raul Esparza and Sharon Gless, among others. Apart from interviewing celebrities, Chris delights in getting straight answers from politicians, coaxing meteorologists to speak in layman’s terms during hurricane watches and warnings and having scientists demystify environmental issues like pollution and climate change.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from New York University.

In her other life, Chris has been married 12 times, given birth to 15 children, died four times, twice taken vows as a nun and once been abducted by pirates in the Caribbean -- all this by doing English language dubbing for dozens of foreign films, soap operas and cartoons.

Both lives, she says, have been "a most excellent adventure."