Every year Cosmopolitan magazine holds its “Cosmo Bachelor of the Year” contest. In its November issue, the magazine features one bachelor from each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and one takes the title of Cosmo “Bachelor of the Year” and a $10,000 prize. Last year, the winner was Cleveland and JCU alum Ryan McLean. This year, another Clevelander has made the list – Chris Van Vliet, the entertainment reporter on “The Buzz” segment for Cleveland’s WOIO 19 Action News. The Carroll News caught up with Van Vliet to ask about the experience and his work as a reporter in Cleveland.
The Carroll News: How did you become a part of the contest?
Chris Van Vliet: I was submitted for this by a very lovely girl (and an avid Cosmopolitan magazine reader). I’d love to tell you who it was, but she wants it to remain a secret.
CN: If you win the $10,000, what would you do with it?
CVV: If I win the $10,000 grand prize, I will be donating it all to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
photo shoot like?
CVV: We did this photo shoot in June at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, and because it was June you would think it would be warm, [but] it was not. I think we ended up taking between 500 and 600 photos then it was narrowed down to a handful that the magazine liked.
CN: How did you get started in television?
CVV: I kind of had this epiphany when I was going into my senior year [of college] that if we were going to work for the next 40 or so years, then you should at least enjoy it. So I figured I would give it my all and try to make it in the broadcasting world. Professionally, it all kind of started working as a board operator for a small AM radio station.
CN: What’s the best part of your job?
CVV: That it doesn’t feel like a job. I wake up every morning excited to go to work because no two days are ever the same. One day I could be interviewing a band in Cleveland, the next I could be following breaking entertainment news and the day after I could be flying to Los Angeles to cover [a movie] premiere.
CN: Who has been your most enjoyable interview?
CVV: While covering the Toronto International Film Festival a few years ago, I got to interview Oprah, George Clooney and Megan Fox, all in the same week. That’s pretty tough to beat! I also had the chance to do things that are out of the box, like playing “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” with Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, I lost.
CN: If this contest makes you no longer a bachelor, are you prepared for this to be your last chance available in Cosmopolitan?
CVV: I am honored to even be a part of something like this in a magazine like Cosmopolitan. If I end up finding someone through this experience, then great!
– Interview by Claire Olderman