WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News

1+ WGN America has hired longtime journalist Ashleigh Banfield for a new nightly news talk show. Banfield leaves Court TV where she hosted Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield. She had only been with Court TV for a year. Called Banfield, will air weeknights at 10 p.m. beginning March 1. The host will interview newsmakers, politicians and celebrities, and will … Continue reading “WGN America hires Ashleigh Banfield for Nightly News”

WGN weather anchor signs off social media until 2021

0 To say 2020 has been a hard year feels like a woeful understatement. Being forced to spend so much time alone has had deeply affected many Americans, but it may also provide an opportunity to reexamine our relationship with social media. Paul Konrad, the charismatic WGN weather anchor with over 38 thousand followers on … Continue reading “WGN weather anchor signs off social media until 2021”

WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation

3+ Chicago-based NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon will conduct the first comprehensive prime-time sit-down interview with President Trump since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The exclusive one-on-one interview will be conducted at the White House by NewsNation anchor Joe Donlon, and will air on Tuesday night’s NewsNation broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET … Continue reading “WGN’s Joe Donlon lands Trump interview on NewsNation”

Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America

1+ WGN NewsNation debuts tonight, representing the return of traditional, trusted, fact-based news reporting to cable television. The live daily three hour prime-time national newscast features 150 dedicated reporters and staff, and will leverage the knowledge of 5,400 local journalists from Nexstar’s 110 award-winning newsrooms. The newscast, will air seven days a week on WGN … Continue reading “Nexstar’s NewsNation debuts on WGN America”

WGN’s Gousman moves to anchor chair in Cleveland

2+ Great news for WGN-TV reporter Courtney Gousman. The general assignment reporter will be moving to Cleveland, where she’ll anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows. “When I returned home to Chicago 8 years ago, I never thought I’d be writing a post like this … But life is filled with surprises,” … Continue reading “WGN’s Gousman moves to anchor chair in Cleveland”

WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team

4+ WGN America, Nexstar’s cable network, has announced the official weekday and weekend anchor lineup for its live newscast, News Nation. The three-hour nightly news show will debut Sept. 1 and will be led by a team of journalists from WGN-TV, the Nexstar station in Chicago and across the country. The team will be led … Continue reading “WGN America announces ‘News Nation’ team”

WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot

5+ Over the last four years, it has become increasingly acceptable in some circles to assault and threaten journalists and on-air reporters. Of course, when you are egged on and visibly supported by the most powerful man in the country to do so, why not right? WGN reporter Gaynor Hall was delivering a weather update … Continue reading “WGN Reporter assaulted during live shoot”

WGN names first female anchor team for Midday

4+ WGN, the Nexstar flagship in Chicago, has announced that Julie Unruh will join Dina Bair as co-anchor, making them the first female duo to lead the WGN Midday News. She replaces Steve Sanders, who retired after a 37-year career at the station. In addition to her anchor duties, Unruh will continue to provide in-depth reporting for … Continue reading “WGN names first female anchor team for Midday”

WGN America to launch prime-time ‘News Nation’

8+ Nexstar Media Group, Inc. announced today that its wholly-owned cable network, WGN America, which reaches approximately 75 million U.S. TV households, will begin airing a live daily three-hour national newscast called News Nation this summer. News Nation will air in prime-time, from 8 pm ET to 11 pm ET, and will draw on the … Continue reading “WGN America to launch prime-time ‘News Nation’”

WGN starts taping Wrigley Field 2014 centennial doc

WGN-TV has started production on a two-hour special to mark Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday in 2014, by traveling to tape interviews with great Cubs of the past, including one in Dallas with former Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.  

Station officials declined to comment on the anniversary show, possibly because it’s too early in the game to provide any conclusive details.  

WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago

0 In Chicago, your birthplace often determines your destiny. Children born in one West Side census tract between 1978 and 1983 grew up to have a median annual household income of $16,000, according to Opportunity Insights. WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago in a documentary series, reported stories, expert talks, and community discussions. In FIRSTHAND: Living … Continue reading “WTTW explores intergenerational poverty in Chicago”

2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns

2+ It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Top Chicago advertising campaigns”

Meteorologist, Tom Skilling thriving after weight loss

3+ WGN weather anchor Tom Skilling is shocking viewers with his dramatic weight loss. Citing his health as his primary concern, the Chicago meteorologist underwent gastric bypass surgery in March. He has since lost 110 pounds. The station aired an 8 minute segment in which medical reporter Dina Bair detailed Skillings journey. Skilling had been … Continue reading “Meteorologist, Tom Skilling thriving after weight loss”

Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients

0 Reel Chicago congratulates the winners of the 62nd Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards. A big shout out to two of our loyal advertisers, October TV and WTTW for taking home Emmys. The Chicago / Midwest Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. Members come from all areas of the industry and … Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2020 Chicago Emmy recipients”

COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

0 Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago. On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise. City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent … Continue reading “COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew”