‘WGN Morning News’ Names New Leaders

Tribune CW affiliate WGN Chicago (DMA 3) today named Aline Cox executive producer of its six-hour WGN Morning News, effective immediately. Cox is replacing Sandy Pudar, who was recently elevated to WGN News assistant news director. 

“Aline has been with the Morning News for five years and is a proven winner,” said Jennifer Lyons, WGN news director. “She has terrific news judgment and is ready to lead as the next EP of WGN Morning News.”

An 11-year veteran of WGN News, Cox has worked in a variety of capacities there. In 2011, she became managing producer of the WGN Morning News. As the show continued to expand so did Cox’s responsibilities, becoming executive producer of 4-6 a.m.

Prior to her WGN Morning News duties, she spent five years at the Chicago cable news channel CLTV in various producer positions and as a news writer. Prior to working in Chicago, Cox spent several years in Madison, Wis., as a sports reporter/producer and executive producer for WMTV and as sports producer/photographer at WKOW.

Cox received her BA in journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Replacing Cox as executive producer of WGN Morning News from 4-6 a.m. is producer Mike Wilder. Wilder has been part of the broadcast for 10 years and has produced nearly every hour of the program.


Prior to WGN, Wilder worked at WFLD Chicago and in a number of other markets.

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