Alden Loury Uncovers Chicago's HR Nightmare

There’s a story in the news that Rahm doesn’t want you to see. Just 7 months before the next election, he’s trying to regain support of the African-American “community”. To the mayor’s chagrin, the latest report from journalist-turned-demographer Alden Loury could deflate that momentum. According to Loury, African-Americans in Chicago are not gaining jobs downtown... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

Did Santita Jackson Outgrow WVON?

For the past 6 weeks, listeners of the highly popular Santita Jackson Show on WVON (1690-AM) have heard just about every voice but hers. But the real story behind her hiatus has multiple versions. Media columnist Rob Feder reported on Tuesday that she left the station. (It’s mentioned in the second news item.)  However, WVON... Read more »

WVON's Talent Shuffle

Johnny “Koolout” Starks is leaving WVON-AM (1690) after 3 years but he will still be there in spirit. (Just not physically) That’s because he will air his popular “Kool Out Radio” show from New Bern, North Carolina– where his new full-time gig is. According to Larz at Chicagoland Radio and Media, Starks will be the... Read more »
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Chicago Defender Honors Young Leaders

Media rankings come a dime a dozen. (“30 under 30”, “40 under 40”, or “12 to watch in ’12”) And every news organization–just like every human being– has a different opinion about “Who’s Who.” But I really applaud what Chicago Defender managing editor Kathy Chaney has done with the paper’s first ever “40 under 40”... 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 »

Chicago's Best Independent News

Some of the best news in Chicago is not shown on TV. But that doesn’t mean local affiliates are slipping. In fact, a lot of TV reporters and producers look to independent media outlets for guidance when producing a story. Just 2 weeks ago, NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) announced that it would be partnering with... Read more »
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Former Trib Reporter Moves Up

Kyra Kyles is keeping her “files” somewhere else. She is now a full-time senior editor at JET Magazine, in addition to producing a brand new puppet show called HR: The Series. Just weeks after leaving The Chicago Tribune company, she has embarked upon an exciting new chapter of her life. While most reporters would have... Read more »