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13 fascinating facts about Chris Hassel:
• In 10th grade, I taught myself how to write upside down and backwards. You see, I had a science test that I was bound to fail, and all we could use was a plain white cover sheet. I wrote my notes on the back... and I could read them through the sheet.
• I was part of the 2001 4A state championship golf team at Muscatine High School as a junior.
• I was in position to head to state again my senior year. However, I was disqualified from districts because I beat up one of the opposing players on the 17th hole. He tried to penalize me for cussing. We qualified for state, but I wasn't eligible to compete.
• I wake up at 1:30pm and go to bed around 3:30am. In the winter, I see about 3 hours of light each day.
• When I was in Kindergarten, I fell asleep on the back of the bus on the way to school. I woke up some two hours later to an empty bus at small home in the middle of the country. When I wandered into the house, the bus driver was watching 'The Golden Girls'. I missed the entire day of school.
• On the first day of 7th grade, I told my math teacher I was allergic to lead. It was a lie. I was the only student allowed to do my homework with pen.
• When I sleep, I have to use a fan. A big fan. Industrial strength. My wife hates it. My ideal bed would sit in the center of the room with four fans hitting me from all directions on the floor and a ceiling fan up above.
• I ended my basketball career while yelling at my 9th grade girlfriend. Instead of attending an after-school practice, I decided to argue with her until I got my way. I didn't get my way... and I was kicked off the team.
• I once went 2 years, IN COLLEGE, without eating a French fry. I'll never go back on that diet.
• My 1st grade teacher's name was Sister Ellia. She didn't have eyes in the back of her head. She had mirrors on the sides of her glasses.
• On October 26th, 2002... I became the first Muscatine High School student to walk out of an ACT test. I was able to complete the "reading" section, before succumbing to the power of sports. Iowa was playing Michigan in football that day, and I simply couldn't concentrate. I was the only one without a test score, but also the only one who saw the game.
• I was the first person in my class to begin shaving (I had a mustache in 3rd grade). Yet, two decades later, I still can't grow a full beard. Go figure.
• I didn't read a single book from 6th-12th grade. When we were asked to give book reports, I made up a title, and created my own story.

Iowa native Chris Hassel joined the Channel 13 Sports team in June 2007.

"I can't believe they hired me," exclaims Hassel. "And what's nice is that there's no act to follow."

"When Chris showed up for his interview dressed in a suit and attempting to impress with his business acumen, we were concerned, partly because we had to look up the definition of acumen," says Channel 13 Sports Director Keith Murphy. "But once he got the job, we saw the real Chris. He showed up for his first day of work in cargo shorts, jacked up on Mountain Dew, and doing impressions of Jim Zabel. We knew right then he'd fit in."

Chris came to Channel 13 Sports from Davenport where he was a sports anchor/reporter for KLJB-Fox 18 TV. In addition to his television duties, he also served as the morning news anchor for WOC-AM Radio and Sports Director for St. Ambrose University's TV and radio stations. He has also been involved in Learfield Sports Iowa Hawkeye Football broadcasts as a pre and post-game host. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

Chris enjoys being frustrated by the Cubs, yelling at his TV when the Bears are playing, and making sure he can have vacation his first year on the job so he can get married. Though his primary duties will be sports reporting, Chris will anchor some weekend sportscasts.


Recent Articles
  • MURPHY’S LAW: Farewell Des Moines

    By Chris Hassel Well, this is it. My last Murphy’s Law blog posting. My last day of work at Channel 13. I’ve been here 5 1/2 years. When my co-workers ask me how long I’ve been here, they’re always surprised it’s been that long. For me, it seems like it’s been more than just over 5 years. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’ve grown so much over the course of my time here that it feels […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: ISU Favored, Andy’s Pennant, Astoria’s Shirt

    By Chris Hassel Iowa State is now favored to win the Liberty Bowl. After starting off as a 3-point underdog, ISU is now a 1-point favorite. I think the Cyclones get it done. If you can do it once, you can do it again.  Drake opens up MVC play, tonight, in Peoria. The Bulldogs beat Bradley all three times last season, but Bradley was awful. The 8-4 Braves have already eclipsed last season’s win total of 7.  I’m excited to […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Christmas in Muscatine, Arielle Sighting, Already Forgotten

    By Chris Hassel As I was wrapping some presents on Christmas Eve at the in-laws, I stumbled upon a closet in the basement with a gold mine of vintage baseball caps. My father-in-law has memorabilia that blows me away every time I set foot in his house. One hat in particular caught my eye. A 1985 St. Louis Cardinals World Series hat. I sent a picture of it as a joke to Andy (because the Cards got beat by the […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Merry Eve, Pay it Forward, Sonic Horseman

    By Chris Hassel Merry Christmas (eve) to everyone! I want to thank Keith for coming in on Christmas day to work so that John and I can have the day off. I’ll be heading to Muscatine to spend a few days with my family. With the impending move to Connecticut, who knows when I’ll be able to spend the holidays with my family again? I’ve never missed a Christmas at home, before. I’m going to cherish this one.  I had […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Dunk Fest, Hanrahan Traded, Alcoholic Presents

    By Chris Hassel What a dunk fest in Iowa City, Saturday. The Hawks threw down 11 slams on Coppin State en route to an 80-50 win. Iowa won by 30 despite going 0-for-17 from 3-point range. That’s hard to do. The Hawks have to become more consistent from outside if they want to make a run at the NCAA Tournament.  Iowa’s win was its sixth straight. The last time the Hawks did that was 2004. At 11-2, Iowa has set […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Stanzi May Start, McCarney Commercials, Leaving Channel 13

    By Chris Hassel It sounds like Romeo Crennel may give Ricky Stanzi a chance at quarterback, this Sunday. My question is: what’s taken him so long??? The Chiefs are 2-12. It’s obvious that Cassel and Brady Quinn aren’t the answer. Why keep last year’s draft pick on the bench while you’re failing to score more than 7 points, week in and week out? No one knows what Ricky can do. He’s never taken a regular season snap! Why in the […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Big 4, ISU Ticket Sales, Team Kelsey

    By Chris Hassel No team has a better winning percentage, in the country, than Northern Iowa — and I mean that literally. UNI is 6-0 on U.S. soil (0-3 in the Bahamas). The Panthers are coming off a big win at George Mason. It should be a really interesting game between UNI and Iowa on Saturday in the “Big 4 Classic.” The UNI-Iowa game tips at 1:30pm at Wells Fargo Arena. The ISU-Drake game tips 30 minutes after. The Cyclones […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Big Win, Big 4 Challenge, Big Blowout

    By Chris Hassel What a great win for the Hawkeye basketball program. It had been four years since Iowa had beaten ISU on the hardwood. Iowa outplayed ISU for 35 of 40 minutes. Fred Hoiberg was right in saying that he was surprised the Cyclones only lost by 9. It should’ve been a lot more.  Did Will Clyburn forget to make the trip to Iowa City? ISU’s leading scorer was held scoreless.  Aaron White is one of the best players […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Last Hurrah, Bouncing Back, No TV

    By Chris Hassel Well, this is it. The last Saturday of college football of the season. Sure we only have 3 weeks until the bowl games begin, but nothing beats a college football Saturday.  I can’t wait to hear nothing but Notre Dame football talk for the next six weeks. Only a little over 30,000 fans showed up at Stanford Stadium to watch the Pac 12 Championship Game between Stanford and UCLA. The stadium holds 50,000. What a joke.   […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: McNutt Activated, Hawkeyes Home, Husker Jacket

    By Chris Hassel If practice makes perfect, Marvin McNutt should be flawless for the Eagles on Sunday. The  former Hawkeye receiver has been on Philly’s practice squad all season. McNutt was activated when Desean Jackson was put on Injured Reserve. Marv may or may not see the field when the Eagles take on the Cowboys, Sunday night.  The Hawkeye basketball team won’t leave the state of Iowa until next year. The Hawks won’t leave Iowa until January 6th for a […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Hawks Challenged, #1 Upset, Ferentz Bonus

    By Chris Hassel Hawkeye fans hoping for a pick-me-up from the basketball team after a miserable year of football — aren’t getting it. The Hawks got blown out by Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 95-79. It’s Iowa’s second straight loss. I think the Hawks will be a much better team in conference play, but I also thought they’d be a lot better in the early going. This doesn’t look like a tournament team.  All that being said, Devin […]

  • MURPHY’S LAW: A Win for a Hawk, Nebraska Cheerleader, Taylor Formality

    By Chris Hassel Finally, some good news regarding the Iowa football team. Senior defensive back, Micah Hyde was named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. Very Surprising. Hyde had a decent year, but it wasn’t great. 78 tackles, one interception, and one touchdown.  Kirk Ferentz has called a press conference for Wednesday afternoon in Iowa City. Some think he will announce the departure of Greg Davis. I’m beginning to think Davis may be done at Iowa. He only had […]

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