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Meet the Hosts of Long Lost Family

posted: 02/25/16
Chris Jacobs, host of Long Lost Family
Meet Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs is a host and television personality. Chris was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. After passing the 1995 California Bar Exam on his first try, his education was complete. It was then that he decided to pursue his dream of making it in the entertainment industry. For eight years he achieved moderate success in the Hollywood, finding roles in numerous movies and television shows as well as scores of commercials.

It was in 2004 when he received his first big break, landing the hosting job on Overhaulin'. He has also lent his hosting skills to such specials as Chopper Live, Gold Rush Live, Klondike Live and the record-breaking specials Skywire Live and Skyscraper Live.

Chris is particularly excited about Long Lost Family because he relates to the project in a personal way. After being adopted at 22 months, he reunited with his birth mom in 1993. Since then, he has developed a close relationship with her and it has become a true success story that he is able to share with those on the show who are searching for their own long lost families.

Lisa Joyner, Host of Long Lost Family
Meet Lisa Joyner

Lisa Joyner, the host of TLC's new series, Long Lost Family, jokes that her television career began the way all award-winners start -- after stints as a widely popular food server, pastry cook to the stars, and animal acupuncturist ran their course. Joyner's introduction to broadcasting came as a sports intern at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. From there she developed her skills as a weekend anchor, reporter, producer, and editor in Laredo, Texas. Following an early morning anchor job in Harlingen, Texas, Joyner managed to convince higher-ups to make her the 5pm anchor and health reporter.

After Virginia, Joyner returned to Los Angeles working for both KTTV-TV and KCBS-TV producing and reporting on entertainment stories, including but not limited to, the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, People's Choice, Razzies, Producer's Guild and ALMA awards. Joyner went on to host a show for TV Guide Network (now POP) called, InFanity, which went behind the scenes of your favorite TV shows.

Joyner, an adoptee herself, is an adoption advocate who has worked with various organizations such as Raise a Child. She also is part of a mentoring group for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and sits on a committee that helps to foster inclusion and diversity in school.

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