Chris Heinbaugh, Vice President of External Affairs

Chris Heinbaugh

Chris Heinbaugh joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in May 2011 after a long career in journalism and politics. His duties include government relations, institutional press, education and community outreach. Prior to that, Chris served as Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’‘s Chief of Staff. He was Leppert’‘s policy, political and media adviser and the point person on his education initiatives. Before that, Chris had an 18-year career in journalism. He moved to Dallas in 2000, covering City Hall and politics for WFAA-Channel 8 and occasionally writing for The Dallas Morning News. He also worked at TV stations in Seattle, Phoenix, Richmond, El Paso and Orange County. Chris served on the national board for the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors and was a founding member and first president of the Lone Star Emmy Chapter. During his journalism career, Chris received 13 Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and was named Best Reporter by the Associated Press Broadcasters in both Texas and Arizona. Chris graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1989 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Journalism. He also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts. Chris is an avid skier, runs frequently on the Katy Trail and is a big fan of most everything in the Dallas Arts District.