Best of Denver

Best Hair on Denver TV Personalities

Teasing our 2022 Best Hair winners.
Teasing our 2022 Best Hair winners. 9News/CBS4 Denver
Westword's annual Best of Denver issue celebrates everything that's wonderful about life in the Mile High City — and our Best of Denver 2022 Readers' Poll is now online, asking you to vote for your favorites before the Best of Denver 2022 arrives on April 7.

As a preview of this Denver tradition, we're reviving one of our most loved (and retired) categories: Best Hair on a Denver TV Personality. We've also supersized our list of winners, offering tributes to two on-air staffers at each of the city's five major stations: KWGN/Channel 2, CBS4 Denver, Denver7, 9News and Fox31.

From those of us cursed with a Bad Hair Life, as opposed to a Bad Hair Day, we thank the following broadcasters for the luxuriant visual gifts they share with us on a daily basis
click to enlarge Katie Orth co-anchors the Daybreak program. - KWGN/CHANNEL 2
Katie Orth co-anchors the Daybreak program.
KWGN/Channel 2
Katie Orth

Daybreak anchor Katie Orth was born in Austin and got her journalistic start in Texas, where everything is said to be bigger — including the hair. But Orth has modified the Lone Star State poof to a striking variation on Colorado casual.
click to enlarge Chris Parente of Channel 2. - KDVR.COM
Chris Parente of Channel 2.
KWGN/Channel 2
Chris Parente

Orth's Daybreak co-host Chris Parente has been among the most stylish members of the Denver TV family for so long that he could easily start phoning it in. But no: His wardrobe remains absolutely on-point, serving as an ideal backdrop for his masterful mane. He never seems to have a hair out of place.
click to enlarge Makenzie O'Keefe of CBS4 Denver. - CBS4 DENVER
Makenzie O'Keefe of CBS4 Denver.
CBS4 Denver
Makenzie O’Keefe

A mainstay on CBS4 Denver's highly watchable morning-news roundup, O'Keefe, who handles traffic duties, delivers special reports and more, has so much hair that it could probably be measured by the acre. How she's able to tame the tangles every weekday before sunrise is among the great mysteries of our age, and an inspiration to those of us with far less to work with, including....
click to enlarge Chris Spears of CBS4 Denver. - CBS4 DENVER
Chris Spears of CBS4 Denver.
CBS4 Denver
Chris Spears

It's not true that weathercaster Spears is entirely hair-free; don't overlook those eyebrows. But Spears demonstrates that one way to have a great 'do is to do without one entirely. His clean look definitely shines, and not just because of the reflection from TV studio lights.
click to enlarge Kristian Lopez is a reporter for Denver7. - DENVER7
Kristian Lopez is a reporter for Denver7.
Kristian Lopez

Reporter Kristian Lopez is a new addition to Denver7, joining the outlet last month, but she's already making her mark — including in the hairstyle department. Her below-the-shoulders cut works in part because it looks as if it could be duplicated by mere mortals.
Mike Nelson

The dean of Denver forecasters, Mike Nelson has had great hair for decades. His ability to maintain this high level of quality even after its once-dark color has gone silver and gray is proof that the genetic jackpot can last for a very long time.
click to enlarge Alexandra Lewis of 9News. - 9NEWS
Alexandra Lewis of 9News.
Alexandra Lewis

A 9News anchor, Alexandra Lewis deserves far more attention than she receives from a journalistic standpoint. As a bonus, her coiffure merges professionalism and flair — a tough combination to achieve, but one she pulls off with aplomb.
click to enlarge Kyle Clark of 9News. - 9NEWS
Kyle Clark of 9News.
Kyle Clark

We can't confirm the rumor that Clark's hair is meticulously molded and sculpted by a five-member team of follicle experts for two hours every day before he takes his seat behind the anchor desk. But neither can we refute it.
click to enlarge Kim Posey of Fox31. - KDVR.COM
Kim Posey of Fox31.
Kim Posey

At first, reporter/anchor Kim Posey's hairstyle may appear little different from the pageboy seen on television-news broadcasts for decades. But it's no helmet; it flows naturally in a classic easy, breezy way.
click to enlarge Jeremy Hubbard of Fox31. - KDVR.COM
Jeremy Hubbard of Fox31.
Jeremy Hubbard

There's a good chance Jeremy Hubbard emerged from his mother's womb looking every inch the anchorman, complete with a full head of hair that exuded accessible authority. It probably looked a little weird on a newborn, but fortunately, he's grown into it.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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