Chris Licht Biography

Chris Licht is an American personality and is working as a television newsman and producer by profession. Despite this, he has been working as the showrunner and executive producer of the famous show “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” including another position as CBS’s executive vice president of special programming. He is best known for his featured role in the launching of the reboot of CBS This Morning. In February 2022, Licht was named as the president of CNN because the member at the position stepped down from the given role.

Early Life

The famous executive producer and showrunner, Chris Licht was born in Newtown, Connecticut to his loving and caring parents named Susan Licht and Dr. Peter Licht. He received his graduation degree from S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1993. He is the holder of a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science. Although Chris Licht has not given any clue regarding his age and year of birth, we assume that he might be living in his early 50s.

Chris Licht Career

Licht began his career while applying for one of the persistent positions at KNBC in Los Angeles. He has also worked with local NBC affiliates based in LA and San Francisco markets. Later he joined MSNBC in 2005 and became the executive producer for Scarborough Country. Later, he became the founding executive producer of Morning Joe- the program which focuses on the current political conversations. Licht joined CBS in 2011 and was given the role of vice president of programming at CBS News. Also, he became the executive producer of CBS’s “This Morning”, the position with which he was honored when he launched the platform in 2012.  Despite this, he also joined the “Late Show” in 2016.

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In the charge of the show of CBS This Morning, Licht was given the honor of successfully making the show and giving CBS the most competitive place in the race of morning shows in almost 30 years of the span of life.  Licht shared this success with other hosts of the show, including Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, and Charlie Rose, where they came forward to talk freely about the event.

A month after the success of This Morning at CBS, Licht was named the executive producer and showrunner of “the late show” which later became the largest weekly show catching a huge audience since 19th February of the same year. While being the executive producer, he focused on managing the issues which the host Stephen Colbert used to handle alone previously. After CNN president Jeff Zucker resigned from the position of president in the first week of February 2022, Licht was nominated as the successor of the position on 26th February 2022.

Chris Licht Biography

Real Name Christopher Andrew Licht
Birth Date October 1971
Age (as of 2022) 50 Years
Birth Place Newtown, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Television Producer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 75 kg  –  in Pounds –  165 lbs
Shoe Size 9 (U.S.)
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average


Father Dr. Peter Licht
Mother Susan Licht


College Syracuse University

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Jenny Blanco
Children Two
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Personal Life

The famous television newsman, Chris Licht is a happily married man, who has a wife named Jenny Blanco and has produced two teenage sons. His wife, Jenny Blanco, has worked for CNN for many years as a producer for Anderson Cooper and later became the director of the talent recruiting and development team. The couple started dating each other back in 2004 when they both handled the assignment for the Summer Olympics in Athens. They exchanged the rituals of marriage in April 2006 in Del Mar, California. As of 2017, the couple is residing happily in Manhattan along with the whole family including their two teenage sons. Jenny Blanco was then 32 at the time of her marriage and the famous producer of the 11 p.m. newscast on WNBC-TV.

On the other hand, the bridegroom Chris Licht was 34 at the time of marriage and a senior producer of “Scarborough Country” Secaucus-based MSNBC cable network. Mrs. Licht chose to continue her professional life with her previous name as Jenny Blanco. She went to the University of California, Berkeley, and received her degree of graduation. She was brought up by her loving and caring parents named Tom Blanco and the late Jean Blanco. Her father Tom is working as a senior manager in the government division of EDS, while her mother-the late Jean Blanco- used to teach first-grade students at the Mount Vernon Elementary School in Lemon Grove, Calif. Jenny Blanco’s father Tom has now married (for the second time) to Susan Woodruff (making Jenny as her step-daughter) who is an epidemiologist by profession.

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Chris Licht Net Worth

Although Chris Licht has not publicly revealed his net worth, many media outlets assume that might be a millionaire by now. Throughout his career in media outlets, he has achieved great rewards, name, and fame for his work. He is the recipient of a Peabody Award and a three-time Emmy Award recipient. Despite this, he has also been nominated for various Emmy awards while being the executive of the show at CBS.

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