Best of Denver

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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