Chris Jacobs is a host and television personality best known for his automotive makeover show Overhaulin’ which premiered in 2004, and the hit TLC series Long Lost Family which debuted in 2016. He also serves as lead host for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions and as co-host of SEMA Live, both seen on Motor Trend Network. Jacobs was born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago. In 1988 he made the move to California where he earned a degree in English from Whittier College and then a JD from Western State College of Law. 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.

Chris proved that he could host a variety of shows, including a 4-year run in the entertainment news world, where he served as a host and correspondent for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight from 2009-2012. He lent his hosting skills to such specials as Discover Live: Into the Blue Hole, Chopper Live, Gold Rush Live, Klondike Live and the ratings record breaking Nik Wallenda specials Skywire Live and Skyscraper Live. Chris is also the Host for the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, seen 4 times a year on both Motor Trend and Discovery, and serves as host of Motor Trend Live at the annual SEMA convention in Las Vegas. He also worked extensively for NFL Network, hosting several episodes of NFL AM and regularly contributing as an on-air news host.

Chris is an avid sports fan, especially teams from his hometown of Chicago, and has been honored to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field for his beloved Cubs. Chris likes to spend his downtime golfing, sporting a single digit handicap.