The official word: After a nationwide search, Cosmopolitan Magazine has named 19 Action News (WOIO) entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet the 2011 “Bachelor of the Year.” This is the second consecutive victory for Cleveland in Cosmo’s annual contest, which also took home the 2010 title.
Thanks to millions of votes that came in from across the country, Van Vliet placed as a Top 10 finalist out of all contestants from each state. A panel of Cosmo editors then selected Cleveland’s 28-year-old host of The Buzz --crowning him as their “Bachelor of the Year” at Tuesday night’s ceremony in New York City. Van Vliet was awarded with a $10,000 check, which he plans to send straight to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
“I am eternally grateful for all of the votes and support I have received since this began,” Van Vliet said. “This is a big win for Cleveland and a huge win for the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland!”
Want to get a glimpse of America’s newest heart throb? Van Vliet will appear live from the Big Apple today, on 19 Action News at 4pm and 5pm. He’ll also be featured tonight on The Insider, airing at 7pm ET on Cleveland’s CBS19