Aaron Gilchrist anchors News4 Today, the #1 morning newscast in Washington, along with Eun Yang. Aaron’s day starts in the middle of the night, as he’s on the air at 4:26 every morning.
Gilchrist joined News4 in March 2010 as a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter. He moved to weekday mornings in April 2012. Gilchrist continues to provide special reports across News4 broadcasts and hosts special programs for the station.
Before coming to Washington, Gilchrist spent 11 years in his hometown at WWBT, NBC’s affiliate in Richmond. He began working there as a desk assistant and worked his way up to morning anchor for which he was honored with an EMMY.
Gilchrist’s reporting and anchoring has covered many of the major events of the last two decades. He’s reported on everything from the Beltway sniper attack in central Virginia to the funeral of Ronald Reagan to the inauguration of Barack Obama. In 2005, he spent several days reporting from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Two years later, he made several trips to Virginia Tech to cover the mass shooting there and its aftermath.
During his time on the anchor desk in Washington, Gilchrist has guided viewers through wall-to-wall coverage of tropical storms, the retirement trip to northern Virginia of the space shuttle Discovery and the mass shooting at the Navy Yard. Gilchrist also provide live reports from NBC’s Education Nation summit in New York City in 2012 and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL in 2013. He also contributed as panelist in Virginia senate and gubernatorial debates.
Gilchrist graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond with a degree in mass communications. He also taught journalism courses there. Today, Gilchrist commits much of his time to working with local youth organizations and talking to students about the value of education and a strong work ethic.
Gilchrist lives in Washington, DC.