2017 EMCEES

Kris Gutierrez
Kris GutierrezNBC 5 News Anchor
Kris Gutierrez co-anchors the NBC 5 News at 5, the most-watched 5PM newscast in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Kris is an award-winning journalist with a passion for all things Texas. He grew up in Lewisville and later graduated from Texas Christian University.

Kris won two more Emmy awards last year. One for Best News Anchor and another for his Texas Connects Us reports.

In 2015, just nine weeks after joining the station, Kris anchored the show from Runaway Bay, TX, after a tornado touched down. The broadcast earned the 5 PM team an Emmy award for Best Newscast in the region.

He returned to the DFW area in 2015, after spending three years as a morning news anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago. In 2014, the morning team won it’s first Emmy award for a newscast that Kris anchored after devastating storms.

Prior to his time in Chicago, Kris spent five years as a national correspondent for FOX News Channel based in the network’s Dallas bureau. He was the sole reporter responsible for all editorial content in a four state region that included Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Kris covered some of the biggest news events in the southwest region.

In 2008, he reported from the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch in El Dorado, TX. Shortly after the FBI raided the polygamist sect ranch, Kris was on the air with live coverage of breaking developments, in what became the largest custody case in US history. Child Protective Services removed every child from the ranch founded by sect leader Warren Jeffs.

In 2009, Kris reported live from Ft. Hood, less than 24 hours after the deadliest shooting rampage at a military instillation in US history.

In 2010, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took Kris up in a helicopter for an exclusive tour of the sensitive wetlands and marshes that were impacted by the BP oil spill. Kris spent nearly three months in Louisiana monitoring the fallout from the worst oil spill in U.S. history. His interview with former BP CEO, Tony Hayward, made national headlines when he told Kris, “I’d like my life back.” The New York Times later reported that television network executives said Kris was among the “stand-outs” in the oil spill coverage.

In 2011, Kris spent a week covering the devastating EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin, MO.

On occasion, Kris was also called to file live reports from other parts of the country. He previewed the next generation space rocket from an assembly plant in Utah, covered wild fires in California, rode out hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and provided extensive coverage from the Texas-Mexico border, chronicling the rising tension and bloody turf wars between rival drug cartels.

Prior to his network experience he was an Emmy-award winning reporter/substitute anchor at KPRC-TV in Houston. While there Kris was named the Best Television Reporter in Texas by Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. He was also named a Top Television Journalist by the Houston Press Club. His story telling also earned the Best Live Report award from the Dallas Press Club. He won two Emmy awards in Houston for Best Live Report and Best Spot News Report.

Kris was also a reporter/substitute anchor at KVUE-TV in Austin, TX. While in Austin his reports were honored with several Texas Associated Press Broadcaster awards. The American Cancer Society also recognized his work.

Previously Kris was a weekend anchor at WKBN-TV in Youngstown, OH and he began his career with the same position at KXII-TV in Sherman, TX.

He graduated from Lewisville High School where he played four years of varsity soccer for the Fighting Farmers. During the 1992-93 season, the team advanced to the Regional Finals, one game away from the state championship tournament. It’s still the furthest any LHS men’s soccer team has gone. In 2013, Kris became the youngest person ever inducted into the Lewisville High School Hall Of Fame.

Kris earned a BS in Broadcast Journalism at Texas Christian University and played Division One collegiate soccer for the Horned Frogs.

Known by colleagues for wearing boots with his suits, you will often find Kris, his wife Krystle, and their two children volunteering at local events and supporting the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, FC Dallas and Dallas Stars.

Connect with Kris:
Twitter: KrisGutierrez
Facebook: KrisGutierrezNBC5

Dawn Neufeld
Dawn NeufeldPublic Figure
Dawn Neufeld is a multi-faceted woman with a heart for her family and children. A native Californian, Dawn was bitten by the media bug at a young age. Her early training with the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble and Kevin McDermott’s Center Stage L.A. helped her land roles in several television shows and plays. Although Dawn took a break from the industry during junior high and high school to focus on academics and sports, her love for acting never went away.

During college, Dawn balanced her academic pursuits with modeling and acting. She developed an interest in media and journalism and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a Women’s Studies minor from UCLA. She went on to earn a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law and is licensed to practice in both California (2002) and Texas (2009). Dawn practiced law at the Los Angeles firm Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt before moving to Buffalo, New York where her husband Ryan played for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. While in Buffalo, Dawn reconnected with her love for all things acting when she joined the Frank Rossi Studio and began taking acting lessons. When the Neufelds moved home to Frisco, Texas in 2008, Dawn plunged head-first into the local television waters while re-establishing her legal career. She recently left the law firm of Graham, Bright & Smith after four years to pursue a solo practice and continue her media pursuits.

Dawn’s “happy place” is in front of the camera. A cast member on VH1’s Football Wives (2010), Dawn hosted The Broadcast – a morning entertainment and talk show that aired in several Texas markets. Dawn also hosted Take Charge Parenting – a weekly half-hour parenting show featuring the “Kid’s Doctor” Sue Hubbard on KTXD TV. She previously hosted D210 TV, a show featuring the latest in Dallas entertainment and sports, and also co-hosted The Bite, a weekly cutting-edge entertainment show broadcast in high-volume restaurant chains nation-wide. Dawn’s current projects include hosting gigs for CultureMap and Let’s Go, DFW. Dawn was also featured in a series of Smart Tips on The Food Network among other things.

Because of her diverse background, Dawn has contributed to several national and local media broadcasts. She appeared on The Today Show and WFAA in Dallas to discuss the NFL’s problems stemming from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and even made the rounds on media row during Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. She has appeared on Inside Edition and CNN’s Headline News and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell addressing various hot topics and legal issues.

Dawn has graced the covers of several publications including Thrive magazine and Blitz Weekly and has been featured in numerous articles. In 2013, she was featured on the cover of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s DFW.com “Hot Issue.” She also frequently emcees charity and community events.

Dawn is the reigning Mrs. Frisco and recently competed in the Mrs. Texas America pageant for the seventh time. She enjoys competing in the pageant because it gives her a platform to promote autism awareness. Her son Will was diagnosed with the spectrum disorder when he was three years old.

A self-proclaimed rollercoaster aficionado, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and participating in her favorite charities – Autism Speaks, Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Generation Rescue. Dawn recently served on the board of the Dallas Theater Center and is a current board member of Helping Restore Ability. A proud member of the Junior League of Dallas, Dawn is also an active participant and former board member of Off the Field, the national football wives association.