Its commonplace to see young and beautiful on-camera talent on television nowadays, but TV Anchor woman Cheryl Burton has been on the air in Chicago since 1992 and she's as gorgeous today as she was 30 plus years ago.
Emmy award winning journalist Cheryl Burton is a seasoned News Anchor and Reporter on Chicago's number one rated, ABC 7 News.
Burton's journalism experience has taken her to the heart of Chicago neighborhoods, across the United States and around the globe. She notes that some of the highlights in her career was covering the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama and her report on the opening of Oprah's school for girls in South Africa.
Burton started her broadcast career in Wichita Kansas, and Peoria Illinois, and later earned the coveted position of weekend Co-Anchor and Reporter at ABC 7 News in Chicago in November 1992.
During her 22 years at ABC 7, Burton has been recognized for her work, winning several Emmy Awards as well as the 2009 Proctor and Gamble Pioneer Award for community service. She also won the coveted 2008 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence International Award, for her coverage of the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.
In addition to her many journalism honors, Burton is also known throughout the city for her community involvement and charity work, which included her annual winter holiday toy drive that benefited children living in domestic violence shelters.
Cheryl Burton is a native Chicagoan, born on Christmas day in 1962. She graduated from Robert Lindblom High School and in April 2007, was the first alumnus to be inducted into the school's Hall Of Fame. She continued her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Biology.
Burton's early journalism career included many opportunities as on-camera talent. During the 1980's, she worked as a television host for the nations' first African American owned cable network, Black Entertainment Television, BET.
As part of Chicago's Black History Vintage Video Series, here's a video clip of Cheryl Burton on BET's Shopping Place, broadcasted over 30 years ago. She shares the stage with Chicago's television icon, Merri Dee.
Chicago's Black History Vintage Video Series, presented by Classic Soul Music Hits, is a weekly series featured during Black History Month on ChicagoNow.com. Exclusive and rarely seen videos will be featured to enlighten viewers of the early accomplishments of Chicago's most notable African American talents.
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