Best Hair on Local TV Personality Winners 2010-2015: Who's Next?

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Next week, we'll be unveiling Westword's Best of Denver edition for 2016.

Included among the winners will be this year's choice for Best Hair on a TV Personality for both females and males — annually two of our most competitive categories.

The 2016 champ will join our Follicle Hall of Fame, alongside past champions who've definitely set the hairstyle-bar high.

Below, see our past six winners, featuring photos and the original text from their citations.

Check them out here — and be sure to keep an eye out for the 2016 version, coming very, very soon.

Gloria Neal.
Gloria Neal.
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2010
Gloria Neal
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

Longtime local radio personality Gloria Neal is a welcome sight on television — particularly now that she's contributing reports at 6 p.m., when we're a little more awake than we were during her morning appearances and able to appreciate her down-home delivery. Since Neal's hair is shorter than that of most male anchors, viewers can stay focused on the story and not an impossibly complicated spray job.

A current photo of Eric Kahnert; he won our Best Hair award at 9News before becoming anchor of 7News.
A current photo of Eric Kahnert; he won our Best Hair award at 9News before becoming anchor of 7News.
7News

2010
Eric Kahnert
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — MALE

Eric Kahnert, who joined the Channel 9 weekend team late last year from an NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, is young and serious — and very, very slick. In fact, he sports a mini-Ed Grimley oil-slick cowlick in front. It's a popular look these days: bed head for the post-college crowd.

Karen Leigh.
Karen Leigh.
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2011
Karen Leigh
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

Karen Leigh joined the KCNC team as co-anchor in 2008, and it now looks like she has a long career ahead of her — as long as she keeps her flowing tresses. At this point, Leigh's luxurious, lustrous locks seem as suited to a beauty-pageant contestant as they do a news anchor, but viewers have clearly flipped for her long, grown-out flip. Back in Minnesota, she might have needed all that hair to stay warm; here, it's just made her hot.

Chris Parente.
Chris Parente.
Fox31

2011
Chris Parente
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — MALE

"Chris is like a box of chocolates," promises Chris Parente's KDVR profile. "You never know what you're gonna get." But no matter how wild and wacky Parente's live reports might be, you can count on this: His hair is going to look delicious, with just the right amount of product to keep his coif in perky place.

Nina Sparano.
Nina Sparano.
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2012
Nina Sparano
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

Nina Sparano, the technology reporter for Fox 31 and KWGN, has clearly figured out the mechanics of a perfect hairdo. Those brunette locks are downright luxurious, girl.

Ron Zappolo.
Ron Zappolo.
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2012
Ron Zappolo
BEST HAIR ON A LOCAL TV PERSONALITY — MALE

Ron Zappolo may have his own People on his Sunday-night talk show, but the Fox 31 anchor's mustache belongs to all of us. From beneath that lip sweater comes the most important news of the day, and that 'stache/silver tousle combo gives big stories the appropriate level of gravity. Zappolo has been a fixture on local TV for decades, delivering the news with hair that demands your attention. And respect.

Continue to see more of our Best Hair on a Local TV Personality winners from 2010-2015 in anticipation of the 2016 Best of Denver issue.

 

Anastasiya Bolton.
Anastasiya Bolton.
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2013
Anastasiya Bolton
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

In a review of the largely forgotten 1985 movie The Year of the Dragon, starring Mickey Rourke, critic Elvis Mitchell coined the term "mood hair," suggesting that Rourke's 'do adapted to the demands of any particular scene like a mood ring reflecting the emotions of the person wearing it. Anastasiya Bolton's hair is something like that — a blend of multi-hued locks that look deadly serious when the topic is grim, fun and sporty when the subject matter is lighter. How does she do it? Hell if we know. But we're still impressed by the way the brainy Bolton's cut seems to have a mind of its own.

Don Champion.
Don Champion.
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2013
Don Champion
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — MALE

Far too many TV types style their hair with a studied blandness in mind, not realizing that a clichéd coiffure makes them seem considerably cheesier than if they'd allow a little individuality to take root. No such danger with Don Champion: Rather than tame his hair into the usual undifferentiated follicle helmet, he lets his strands reach for the sky, figuratively speaking. The look is cool, bold and definitely not boring.

Corey Rose.
Corey Rose.
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2014
Corey Rose
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

How did Corey Rose ever decide to go into TV news? Her glamorous look makes her seem more like a model, a spokeswoman, or one of those actresses who always seem to travel with their own personal wind machine. Her flowing locks, which appear to encompass all the colors of the follicle rainbow without looking bizarre, are so lush and lustrous that they cry out to be whipped around regularly, Willow Smith style. See if you can work that into the next newscast, Ms. Rose. We'll be watching.

Justin Joseph.
Justin Joseph.
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2014
Justin Joseph
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — MALE

One of the busiest reporters on the local scene, Justin Joseph keeps most of his hair close-cropped — so it doesn't start going wild when he's doing a live shot in gale-force winds, for instance. But lest you think he's too square, he rocks a cheeky peak up top to let you know he's hip, he's happening, and he isn't afraid to have a little fun when the subject strays from death and destruction. Fox31 has long been Denver's leader when it comes to TV dudes' coiffures (here's looking at you, Phil Keating!), which makes Joseph the station's hair apparent.

Christine Nöel.
Christine Nöel.
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2015
Christine Nöel
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — FEMALE

For TV personalities insecure about their hair, we imagine it would be a terrible burden to work at the same station as Corey Rose, our 2014 Best Hair winner, and the possessor of enough of the stuff to keep Locks of Love fully stocked for years. But there's no backdown in weekend anchor Christine Nöel. Rather than compete with Rose in terms of sheer volume (a losing proposition if ever there was one), she counters with a sleek, modernistic mane that suggests a brunette flower just about to open. Don't rest on your laurels, Corey. It's on!

Best Hair on Local TV Personality Winners 2010-2015: Who's Next?
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2015
Raul Martinez
BEST HAIR ON A TV PERSONALITY — MALE

Unlike those stations that make their personalities conform to rigid hairstyle standards — to the degree that all of them look as if they're wearing identical helmets — Fox31 allows staffers to express themselves by way of their follicles, and sports reporter Raul Martinez takes full advantage. His coiffure is bracingly youthful, proudly peaking on top and frequently jutting out in different directions, hipster-style. The result is cool in a way that TV hair usually isn't — but we wish it were.



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