Chris Rose (journalist)

Chris Rose is a New York Times Best-Selling New Orleans, Louisiana, writer and journalist.[1] For years best known for light-hearted writing in the Times-Picayune, he gained greater attention for his chronicles of the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans since 2005.

Chris Rose
Rose reading at a book signing, August 2007
Rose reading at a book signing, August 2007
EducationGeorgetown Preparatory School
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison


Rose graduated from the Georgetown Preparatory School in 1978 and received a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1982. After a stint as a staff writer at the Washington Post, he joined the Times-Picayune as a crime reporter in 1984. Over the years, he has covered national politics, economics, Southern regionalism, pop culture, and New Orleans nightlife, traditions, lifestyles and entertainment.

Post-Katrina, Rose gained notoriety and accolades as he chronicled the personal and public struggles of the disaster-stricken area. Rose's column regularly appears at his "New Orleans stories"[2] Times-Picayune web site. He returned to the theme in various ways, as in satirizing the 2008-2009 e-mail controversies swelling around New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Councilwoman Stacy Head.[3]

He left the paper in late 2009, and joined the New Orleans alternative weekly paper, Gambit Weekly, in mid February 2010. He moved to WVUE Fox News 8 a year later,[4] where he delivered his pungent commentary on New Orleans life by video and column, up until his abrupt and arguably controversial termination in March 2013.[5]

After his dismissals from Gambit and WVUE, Rose found work as restaurant waiter. More recently, Chris Rose has been writing for Rouses, a grocery store chain based in Louisiana. Rose writes for the chain's trade magazine, contributing articles on food related topics.[6]

In 2016, Rose became a licensed tour guide. His walking tour covers mainly the music history of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Rose is also the author of 1 Dead in Attic, which is a collection of stories recounting the first four harrowing months of life in New Orleans after Katrina. The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller and garnered a number of accolades.[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Rose was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 2006 and won a Pulitzer for his contributions to the Times-Picayune's Public Service Award. He was a finalist for the 2006 Michael Kelly Award.

Rose reigned as King of the Krewe du Vieux for the 2007 New Orleans Mardi Gras season.

Personal lifeEdit

Rose is divorced from Kelly Gluth Rose, a native New Orleanian. They have three children: Katherine, Jack and James. The family adopted a dog left homeless by Hurricane Rita and named the dog Luna Biscuit (which, he jokes, is French for Moon Pie). In the 2007 edition of One Dead In Attic Rose revealed that he and his wife had separated.

In October 2006, Rose admitted to taking anti-depressants after suffering from anxiety and depression after Hurricane Katrina.[8]


  • 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina. Simon & Schuster. 4 August 2015. ISBN 978-1-4391-2624-0.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nonfiction Review: 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Chris Rose - The Times-Picayune". Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  3. ^ Rose satirically published fictitious e-mail messages to fellow columnist Sheila Stroup about fellow columnist Angus Lind (Chris Rose, "The Chris Rose e-mails" in Times-Picayune, 2009 May 19, Saint Tammany Edition, p. C1; web version = "Chris Rose releases first e-mail: more to come").
  4. ^ "Chris Rose - New Orleans Local News, Weather, Sports, Investigations". 2012-03-30. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  5. ^ Walker, Dave (April 5, 2013). "Citing a tightening newsroom budget, WVUE dismisses commentator Chris Rose". Times Picayune. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ Welch, Michael Patrick (March–April 2015). "The Irredeemable Chris Rose". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  7. ^ Ringle, Ken (May 14, 2006). "Bitter Waters". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  8. ^ Rose, Chris (October 22, 2006). "Hell and Back". Times-Picayune. Archived from the original on January 6, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2009.

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