If the name Jeff Chirico sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the former Channel 6 Action News television reporter. You may also be thinking of Jeff Chirico the Realtor, or Jeff Chirico from a 2022 episode of House Hunters.
In this case, they’re all the same person.
The all-encompassing Jeff lives with his husband and their adopted son in Elkins Park. Now 48, he’s gotten out of television to focus on what he values most these days: community.
“We wanted to get back to Pennsylvania,” Jeff said. “We were living in Atlanta, and as we started researching places to settle down, we quickly realized that Cheltenham Township was the place that we’d feel the most welcome. There’s a strong element of diversity in the area. It had everything that was important to us, including proximity to the city. Those angles were important to us.”
After 25 years of consumer and investigative reporting in various cities around the country, life on camera has been gradually phased out in favor of Realty.
“Growing up in Levittown watching Jim Gardner, Channel 6 was my dream gig, but television reporting is a young man’s game. I’d done a decent amount of consumer reporting in Wilkes-Barre, and I wanted to continue to use my consumer advocacy skills. It’s the most basic American dream to own a home,” he said.
“I ended up winning an award for one of my investigations into a modular home company that was taking people’s life savings,” he said. “It made me realize that I wanted to help protect people from predatory practices through every stage of the process. That’s been the driving force.”
Jeff started his new career at Weichert Realty and has since moved to Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices.
In June, Jeff and his husband were featured on an episode of House Hunters which highlighted their appreciation for Elkins Park.
“When they shot our episode in Elkins Park in January 2022, we spoke about how much we wanted to stay in this town,” he said. “It can sometimes be hard in the suburbs to build a sense of community, but that’s what I’m trying to do through events I organize. I sponsor our local festivals and host an annual holiday party. This community has been really good to me in ways I could not have imagined and I want to give back however I can.”
For more on Jeff, you can visit his MontCo Real Estate team, his Berkshire Hathaway page and his Instagram page.