Chris Cozzone has been shooting and writing for over 30 years. Born and raised in Chicago, Cozzone made his mark in journalism covering prisons, gangs and gritty street-related subjects, coast-to-coast. In 1997, he added the fight scene to his beat. From 2000 to 2014, Cozzone was a regular ringside fixture for the biggest fights in boxing and the UFC. His work has appeared all over the world and in publications that include Newsweek, Penthouse, Playboy, Utne Reader, Rolling Stone, ESPN, Ring Magazine and Der Speigel. Cozzone had a weekly boxing column for five years with the Albuquerque Tribune before the newspaper folded in 2008, and wrote The History of Boxing in New Mexico, published by McFarland Press in 2013.
In addition to shooting sports and journalism, Chris has been shooting weddings since the early 90s. In 2009, WriteShot was created – a venture that focused not only on shooting weddings but combining prose in heirloom-quality books for clients.
In between writing and shooting gigs over the years, Chris has also been a full-time teacher. He taught writing at Riker’s Island in the 90s, did a six-year stretch at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe teaching Language Arts and, since 2012, has been at the Metropolitan Detention Center working for Gordon Bernell Charter School where he is a teacher and assistant principal.
Cozzone lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Lisa, and two dogs, Fozzy & Spoonie.