Chris grew up in a broadcast family, his father Jim a former vice president of news for CBS taught Chris the ropes during his teens at the family radio station, KGOE in Thousand Oaks, California. Following graduation, Chris went on to play music at KYA in San Francisco, then he served as a news anchor at a Merv Griffin radio station in Hartford Connecticut, WPOP. On holiday in his native California in 1986 he applied for work at all news KFWB and was hired on the spot to join the stations army of reporters. A year later Chris was hired as an anchor/reporter at cross town rival CBS owned KNX AM, where he worked until 1992, at which time he joined ABC radio news as resident correspondent for Sarajevo Bosnia, covering the Balkan war through it’s conclusion and reconstruction. Chris took a brief hiatus from radio from 2000 through 2005 when he joined the US State Department working as a communications specialist and educator for USAID in Sarajevo and Kiev Ukraine. Chris rejoined ABC as resident correspondent in Moscow from 2007 through 2008 when marriage brought him back to the United States, settling down in his new wife’s home town of Minneapolis, where he joined WCCO AM as an anchor and reporter. Chris joined KEYZ news radio as News Director in June 2014 directly from WCCO, hoping to bring his unique story telling writing technique and experience to benefit the growing Northwest North Dakota market. He enjoys boating, cooking, old movies and spending time with his son Aiden, who goes to Rickard School in Williston. Chris is the recipient of numerous AP awards and 2013 Edward R Murrow award for large mid western stations for his reporting on the Duluth floods. His older brother Jim Avila is the National correspondent for ABC TV, and younger brother is a reporter for the NBC TV affiliate in San Antonio Texas.