Wallace was born in Chicago, Illinois, to CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace and Norma Kaphan. Wallace is Jewish, as were both of his parents.

Because he was born on Columbus Day, he was given the name Christopher.  He has an older brother, Peter (1942-1962), who died at the age of 19 in a mountain climbing accident.

His parents split when he was a year old, and he grew up with his mother and stepfather, CBS News President Bill Leonard.

Leonard offered him his first taste of political journalism by recruiting him as Walter Cronkite’s aide at the 1964 Republican National Convention.

Wallace did not have a relationship with his father Mike until he was 14 years old. Wallace was educated at the Hotchkiss School and Harvard College.

He began his career as an on-air news reporter for WHRB, Harvard’s student radio station. He was held by Cambridge officers during the 1969 student occupation of University Hall, and he signed off a broadcast from Cambridge City Jail with “This is Chris Wallace from WHRB News reporting from Middlesex County Jail in custody.”

Is Chris Wallace Going To CNN?

Wallace declared on December 12, 2021, broadcast of Fox News Sunday that it would be his final day presenting the show. It was then revealed that Wallace had been hired by CNN to host a new show for their upcoming streaming service CNN+, which was set to premiere in 2022.

Why Is Chris Wallace Going To CNN?

Wallace had protested to Fox management about the network’s opinion hosts, particularly Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, emphasizing misinformation regarding the 2021 United States Capitol attack and the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election.

Carlson’s special Patriot Purge really bothered Wallace. He said that following the 2020 presidential election, the work atmosphere at Fox became “increasingly untenable.”