WLS Chicago’s WX Graphics The First Piece Of New ABC Group Design Update

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has quietly switched over to new weather graphics that are the first pieces of a new overall graphics package redesign for the station and a jumping-off point for its sister stations. The new ABC Owned Television Stations package is the product of three years of development with consulting firm SmithGeiger, which conducted extensive research for the redesign effort.

WLS Chicago Weekend Anchor Stacey Baca Leaving


WLS Evening And Late News First In Chicago Feb. Ratings

WLS Chicago Documentary Strings Together ‘Classic Whodunit’ On Stolen Violin

WLS Chicago Names A Pair Of Assistant News Directors

News veterans Doug Whitmire and Nneka Nwosu Faison have been appointed assistant news director for ABC-owned WLS Chicago. In their new roles, Doug Whitmire will oversee news gathering, day-of newscasts and operations. Faison will oversee digital, including ABC 7’s new streaming newscasts, specials and storytelling. WLS President and General Manager John Idler said: “The collaboration […]

Nov. Sweeps: WLS Wins Late News In Chicago

WLS Chicago News Ups Virginia Matos To Daypart Executive Producer

At ABC O&O WLS Chicago, Virginia Matos was promoted to daypart executive producer, overseeing its linear newscasts at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. “Virginia Matos is an ABC 7 success story,” said Jennifer Graves, WLS vice president of news. “It’s gratifying that someone who started here as an intern, worked hard and rose through the […]


WLS Celebrates Return Of Chicago Theater And Performing Arts

New Local Talk Shows Set To Debut On Chicago’s WGN, WLS

Sarah Dunlap Burke Leaves WLS, Expected To Be Next WCBS News Director

Still reeling from a massive decline in ratings, the firing of sports anchor Mark Giangreco, the cancellation of Windy City Live and the layoffs of more than a dozen staffers, ABC-owned WLS Chicago just lost its No. 2 news executive. Sarah Dunlap Burke resigned Friday after seven years as assistant news director at ABC 7. She is expected to be named vice president and news director of WCBS New York, where she once worked as executive producer.

Ramona Meadors Named WLS Chicago Weekend Morning News Producer

ABC O&O WLS Chicago has appointed Ramona Meadors weekend morning news producer. Her first day will be Monday, Aug. 23, and she will be producing the station’s 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. news block on Saturday and Sunday. Meadors joins from WXIA Atlanta, where she was a news producer. Prior to that, she produced a […]

WLS Picks Up ‘Tamron Hall’ To Replace ‘Windy City Live’

Tamron Hall’s syndicated daytime talk show is moving to ABC-owned WLS Chicago, where it will air in place of Windy City Live at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Sept. 6. Soon to kick off its third season, the New York-based Tamron Hall has been airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU and The U since 2019.

Poinesha Barnes Joins WLS As Special Projects Producer

ABC O&O WLS Chicago has hired Poinesha Barnes as a special projects producer. Her first day at the station is Monday, Aug. 9. According to Jennifer Graves, WLS vice president of news, “Poinesha has an impressive track record producing winning newscasts and specials. She also brings great enthusiasm, leadership and a wealth of ideas to […]


WLS Airing Special On Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Community


WLS Chicago’s Cheryl Burton Gives $5,000 To High School Students For College

Tyra Whitney Named WLS Weekend Morning News Producer

ABC O&O WLS Chicago has appointed Tyra Whitney weekend morning news producer. Her first day is Monday, June 7. Prior to joining WLS, Whitney was supervising producer at NewsNation in Chicago for a year. In that role, she’s produced one hour of the three-hour nightly primetime newscasts. Before joining NewsNation, Whitney worked at WRIC Richmond, […]

As Viewers Vanish, Chicago’s Late-News Ratings Race Ends In Photo Finish

WLS Chicago Veteran Bill Campbell Dies At 70

Chicago Sweeps: WLS Retains Ratings Crown For Now

Mark Giangreco Under Fire At WLS For ‘Ditzy’ Remark About Cheryl Burton

Will Mark Giangreco Ever Return To WLS Chicago?

WLS Cuts Janet Davies As Host, Entertainment Reporter

Chicago TV News Legend Joel Daly Dies At 86


Technology Executive Director Opening

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for an Executive Director, Technology at WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago.


Executive Director, Tech Opening At ABC O&O

Jerry Taft, WLS Meteorologist For 33 Years, Dies At 77

Chicago Viewers Shift TV News Habits In May


Chicago’s WLS Mixes 55 Separate Smartphone Recordings Into An Arts PSA

Chuck Goudie Marks 40th Year At WLS Chicago

Coronavirus Concerns Sideline Four WLS Employees

Former WLS Reporter Paul Meincke Recovering From Heart Surgery

Jina Chung Mackin And Anthony Conway Join WLS’s ‘Windy City Live’

ABC-owned WLS Chicago has added two new members to its Windy City Live team — Jina Chung Mackin, who will be senior producer, and Anthony Conway, who will booker/producer. Mackin will oversee show producers on a daily basis as well as play a lead role in developing and crafting content. Mackin has a strong background in […]

Reporter Jesse Kirsch Moving Up Fast At WLS

WLS Chicago Names Hank Mendheim ‘Windy City Live’ EP


WLS Renews Sports Anchor Mark Giangreco


WLS Ups Matt Knutson To Content Director

Matt Knutson, executive producer of Windy City Live, has been promoted to director of content innovation. He’ll supervise all local programming at ABC’s Chicago O&O.


WLS Adds Consumer Reporter Samantha Chatman

Samantha Chatman is joining ABC-owned WLS Chicago’s ABC 7 Eyewitness News covering consumer issues for the station’s weekday morning newscasts.  Chatman, who grew up in Chicago, will begin her new job on Sept. 30. Most recently Chatman has been an Emmy Award-winning consumer investigator for KXAS Dallas, where she has reported for the NBC 5 […]


WLS, WCVB, Northeastern U. Research News

A cutting-edge study, Video News Research Project, will test the use of new forms of animation, graphics, and data visualization in video storytelling. Year-long, paid fellowship positions will be created as part of the project, one position at each of these stations in Chicago and Boston.


WLS Promotes Virginia Matos To 4:30 P.M. Producer

ABC-owned WLS Chicago (DMA 3) has promoted Virginia Matos to news producer of ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 4:30 p.m. Matos first came to WLS as an intern for Janet Davies and 190 North. She then was hired as a desk assistant, while still in school at Columbia College. In 2002, she left for WTVO […]


Neil Woulfe Joining WLS As Morning EP

Neil Woulfe will join ABC O&O WLS Chicago’s Eyewitness News as morning daypart executive producer on Dec. 3. Most recently, Woulfe was senior executive producer at WOIO Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to that, he was the morning daypart manager at WMAQ Chicago from 2013 to 2016. He also worked at WFLD Chicago for 16 years as […]