Category: TV News

In Memoriam: Gospel Legend Delores Washington-Green

Last night, I was saddened to learn that Mrs. Delores Washington-Green of the famous gospel group “The Caravans” had passed away. Yet, I was blessed to have been allowed to interview her in 2013 about the miracles she experienced in life. It was an interview coordinated (and strongly urged) by my mother. A few months... Read more »

Chicago TV Reporters Tackle Race (On & Off The Job)

WGN TV reporter Courtney Gousman is “sick to her stomach” after seeing racially-insensitive imagery in traffic recently. On her Facebook page, she posted a picture of a “noose” sticker attached to a gas tank. She explains in her caption that the noose represents the murders of innocent black Americans from slavery to recent times. Yet, this post only represents... Read more »

Justice For Snoop: When Racism & Journalism Intersect

One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow. For French citizens, July 14 was a celebration of independence; for friends of Harith “Snoop” Augustus, it was a day of tragedy. The 37-year-old devoted father and beloved barber was fatally shot Saturday by a Chicago police officer in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. You already know what happened next: protests... Read more »
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ABC7 Chicago's Big Win For Women & Diversity

The glass ceiling at ABC 7 Chicago has been broken some more. Today, the station announced that three popular female anchors would be promoted to new positions: Cheryl Burton, Judy Hsu, and Tanja Babich. As veteran anchor Kathy Brock prepares for her last day on air, ABC 7 Chicago’s management is working to ensure a smooth transition of talent.... Read more »

CBS 2 Uses Weeknight Staff For Grammys

I had to check my calendar  tonight when I watched CBS 2 Chicago News at 10. Not only did it air at 10:30 p.m. but the weeknight lineup of anchors Rob Johnson, Kate Sullivan and Ryan Baker was used instead of the weekend duo of Mai Martinez and Jim Williams. [Martinez was shifted from anchor... Read more »

Cheryl Burton Visits Windy City Live

When the producers of WLS-TV’s “Windy City Live” can’t find the right guest, they use the cheapest alternative possible:  their own on-air talent. Earlier this month, they had veteran Ron Magers as a guest to promote his work outside the newsroom–which ironically involved more news. Now, they have brought on Mr. Magers’ afternoon co-anchor Cheryl... Read more »
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Fox Chicago's Santa-Gate

Veteran WFLD-TV anchor Robin Robinson would be the perfect host of a show called “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”, after saying on-air that “there is no Santa.” The ratings-challenged station soon started to get viral hits online and numerous editorials written about the incident. Some accused the station of doing it as a ratings... Read more »

ABC7's Michelle Gallardo Moves Up

Most viewers can’t tell the difference between a full-time TV reporter and a freelancer; They all look the same to us. This is why the announcement of WLS-TV’s faithful Michelle Gallardo moving up from freelance reporter to full-time employee was news to folks like me. For the past 7 years, she has been a go-to... Read more »

Fox Chicago Reporter Goes Undercover

WFLD-TV’s Tisha Lewis is building her reputation as an investigative reporter. Recently, she attended an Occupy Chicago demonstration–undercover! No professional camera; no fancy lighting equipment. But it appears that she had an intern or producer film B-Roll (supplemental footage) and interviews with a cell phone video camera. Whatever the case may be, it seems like... Read more »
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Channel 5 Partners With Ideas Week

NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) is “strutting like a peacock” as Chicago Ideas Week gets underway. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On Sunday, the NBC affiliate hosted “Meet The Press” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Aaron Schock. Later this week, the station–which includes Telemundo–will host... Read more »