ABC’s Bachelor Chris Harrison and GMA Anchor Lara Spencer will serve as co-hosts for the live broadcast from from A.C. Boardwalk Hall during an historic return to Atlantic City Sunday, September 15 on ABC
The Miss America Organization and ABC announced today that Chris Harrison will once again host the “2014 Miss America Competition” live from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Harrison has been the host of the live telecast for the last four years, and this year, Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America will co- host.
The 2013 Miss America broadcast drew ABC’s biggest non-sports audience in the time slot, reaching million of new viewers nationwide. Chris first hosted the iconic broadcast on ABC in 2004, returned in 2010 for Miss America’s 90th anniversary.
“It is an honor to come back to host Miss America as it returns to Atlantic City,” said Chris. “Hosting Miss America is one of the most iconic hosting jobs in television so I am thrilled to host it on this historic return home. I am extremely pleased to see the pageant return in September and to be a part of this tremendous television event with Lara.”
Chris began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City and quickly ventured into entertainment television. In 1999, he landed HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge, which was one of the network’s highest rated shows. In 2001, he became host of ABC’s hit romance/reality series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Chris also hosts ABC’s reality show, Bachelor Pad, an all-star reunion from previous seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He has hosted the live television coverage of the final championship rounds of The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on ABC, co-hosted ABC’s 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!, and hosted Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy ® Awards, ABC.com’s daily coverage leading up to the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards.
“We’re thrilled that Chris will host the 2014 Miss America Competition as we return to Atlantic City with our friend and co-host, Lara Spencer who also served as a national judge for our pageant in 2012”, said Sam Haskell, III, Board Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization. “Chris has done a wonderful job for us over the years and we’re excited to have him return for another incredible television event with Lara who understands the significance of our program and the young women who compete each year.”
Lara was named lifestyle anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America in 2011. She was previously the show’s National Correspondent from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, she began hosting The Insider. She also hosted three primetime TV specials for CBS. Lara began her career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN. From there, she began reporting on her home turf for News 12 Long Island. From 1995 to 1999, Lara was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” in NYC covering breaking stories and hosted, “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer.” She moved to GMA the following year.
In 2003, Lara became host of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, while working for GMA, and then The Insider. Lara is an antique hunter and interior designer and authored the New York Times bestseller, I Brake For Yard Sales.. Lara also created and executive produces two HGTV shows, and is the creator and EP of It’s Worth WHAT??.
About the Miss America Pageant
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Website: www.missamerica.org
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