A longtime conservative political commentator for a Fargo-based TV station is unemployed after apparently refusing to accept the station’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Chris Berg, host of KVLY’s “Point of View”, is no longer with Valley News Live. Valley News Live officials did not comment, with an official telling Forum News Services that “we cannot comment on personnel matters.”
But the timing of Berg’s departure matches the station’s vaccination mandate, which was implemented by parent company Gray Television in August. The mandate gave managers until September 15 to be fully immunized, while all other employers and guests were to be fully immunized by October 1.
“If you’re making a decision about your own DNA, I’m pro-choice, NOT anti-vaxx,” Berg wrote in a tweet this week.
While Berg is at Valley News Live, his voice will still be on the Fargo-Moorhead Market Big Top as he has accepted a job at local 1100 AM The Flag radio station, where he will host “The Chris Berg Show” on weekdays. from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Off the air, Berg has an impressive history that includes being the starting quarterback for Fargo South High School, where he led the team to back-to-back State Championships in 1989 and 1990. He went on to play football at Stanford and later in Northern Iowa.
According to the Forum, Berg earned a psychology degree from Stanford and ended up working with motivational speaker Tony Robbins, tapping his acting skills to appear “on a number of television shows.”
He has hosted “Point of View” at Valley News Live since 2012.
Berg was also a secondary reporter for the NDSU football TV shows until he lost his job in 2012 after comparing United States Democratic House candidate Pam Gulleson to Adolf Hitler.
“It is unfortunate to see such inappropriate rhetoric surrounding this debate, but I remain more determined than ever to fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare,” Gulleson replied. “I will not be silenced on this issue that matters to so many North Dakota seniors and their families. Our greatest generation fought Hitler and his ilk, so I will not stop fighting for the programs that ensure that our greatest generation can retire with dignity. “