WMAQ-TV, channel 5, is an owned-and-operated television station of the NBC Television Network, located in Chicago, Illinois. WMAQ-TV's main studios and offices are located within the NBC Tower in the Streeterville neighborhood, with an auxiliary street-level studio on the Magnificent Mile at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, and its transmitter is atop the Willis Tower. WMAQ-TV is a sister station to WSNS-TV (channel 44), affiliated with the Spanish-language network Telemundo; and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
|Branding||NBC 5 Chicago (general)
NBC 5 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We Are Chicago|
|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)Virtual: 5 (PSIP)|
(NBC Telemundo License, LLC)
|First air date||October 8, 1948|
|Call letters' meaning||'WilliaM'A. Quinn - Publisher of Chicago Daily News or WeMust Ask Questions(derived from former sister station WMAQ radio)|
|Former callsigns||WNBQ (1948–1964)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
5 (VHF, 1948–2009)
|Transmitter power||350 kW|
See also WMAQ (AM) for pre-1948 history of the station.
The station signed on October 8, 1948, as WNBQ, the last of Chicago's four commercial VHF stations to launch, and the third of the five original NBC owned-and-operated stations, three weeks ahead of WNBK (now WKYC-TV) in Cleveland. Eight years later, it became the first station in the world to broadcast all of its programs in color. Though NBC had long ownedWMAQ radio (670 AM, frequency now occupied by WSCR), it did not change the TV station's call letters to WMAQ-TV until August 31, 1964. The calls of its sister radio station were initially assigned by the government, but went on to form the phrase "We Must Ask Questions," which the radio station took on as its motto in the 1920s.
WMAQ-TV originated several programs for the NBC television network from its studios in theMerchandise Mart during the 1950s, including Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, featuring Burr Tillstromand Fran Allison; Garroway at Large, starring Dave Garroway; and "Studs' Place," hosted by Studs Terkel. Television critics referred to the broadcasts - often low-budget with few celebrity guests but a good deal of inventiveness - as examples of the "Chicago School of Television."
WMAQ-TV gained fame for its newscasts during the 1960s, anchored by Floyd Kalber, John Palmer, Jim Ruddle, and Jorie Lueloff, with weatherman Harry Volkman (later of WBBM-TV, WGN-TV and WFLD), sports reporter Johnny Morris, and commentator Len O'Connor. Though its role as a program provider to NBC diminished in the 1960s, WMAQ-TV gathered and distributed more than 200 feeds per month of news footage from overseas and the central United States to NBC News.
In 1975, Jane Pauley, later of NBC's Today Show, briefly co-anchored WMAQ-TV's 10 p.m. news with Kalber. Carol Marin joined WMAQ-TV in 1978. Ron Magers followed in 1981. Magers and Deborah Norville (later host of Inside Edition) co-anchored the station's hour-long 4:30 p.m. newscast during the 1980s, and Magers and Marin co-anchored WMAQ-TV's 10 p.m. newscast. On October 1, 1989, the station began broadcasting from new studios in the NBC Tower, after vacating the Merchandise Mart during the summer. WMAQ-TV's newscast ratings overtook those of WBBM-TV in the 1980s, but the station could not dethrone ratings leader WLS-TV during the period.
On February 26, 2004, WMAQ-TV garnered national attention when Katie Couric, Al Roker, and Lester Holt hosted the Today Show on Cityfront Plaza to debut the station's streetside studio. Named "Studio 5", it is the first of its kind in Chicago. The morning and evening newscasts are taped here, while the 10 o'clock news is taped at the studios in the tower.
On January 14, 2008, WMAQ-TV became the second television station in Chicago after WLS to broadcast news in high definition, although most remote field footage remains in 16:9 widescreen standard definition.
|5.1||WMAQ-DT1||Main WMAQ-TV Programming / NBC (HD)|
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, WMAQ-TV shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and continued to broadcast its pre-transition digital channel 29. Digital television receivers display WMAQ-TV's virtual channel as 5 through the use of PSIP.
NBC Weather Plus ceased being broadcast nationally on December 1, 2008, but weather maps and traffic reports continued broadcasts as NBC Plus on channel 5.2. "Raw" coverage of various live events, including Barack Obama's victory rally in Grant Park and Governor Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial has also been carried on channel 5.2 On November 1, 2010, WMAQ started airing NBC Chicago Nonstop Channel, replacing NBC Plus.
From June 13 to July 12, 2009, WMAQ-TV simulcasted many of its newscasts as a contributor to WWME-CA's analog lifeline service for the Chicago area, an "unprecedented" four-station partnership. The "lifeline" programming on analog Channel 23 included WMAQ's weekday morning news from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and weeknights at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and weekend nights at 5 p.m along with WGN-TV (Channel 9)'s 9 p.m. newscasts. The lifeline continued only as a simulcast of entertainment programming from WWME's sister stationWCIU-TV until January 2011, when it was switched to a simulcast of WCIU's The U Too subchannel.
News operationCurrently, WMAQ broadcasts a total of 26 hours of local news per week (with 4½ hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). Unlike most NBC stations in the Central Time Zone, WMAQ does not carry a newscast in the weekday midday time period.</p>
Since January 12, 2009, WMAQ and Fox affiliate WFLD have shared a news chopper and the footage taken from it; this agreement has reportedly paved the way for a larger pooling effort between the two stations.
After years in second place behind WBBM-TV and, later, WLS-TV in the 10 p.m. news race, at the conclusion of the November 2009 Nielsen Ratings sweeps period, WBBM-TV's 10 p.m. newscast overtook WMAQ-TV for second place for the first time in many years, largely due to the low ratings of the latter station's lead-in The Jay Leno Show. WLS-TV continues to dominate the local newscast ratings in the Chicago media market. It has since regained second place at 10 p.m. although closer to third-place WBBM-TV than to WLS-TV. However in the November 2010 sweeps period, WMAQ's 10 p.m. newscast slipped back to third behind WBBM-TV in that time slot (and fourth among Chicago's late night newscasts) although WMAQ continues to run second in other time slots.In January 1991, WMAQ announced plans to launch the Suburban News Source, a 24-hour local cable news channel featuring 4½-minute-long inserts of news headlines specific to suburban localities, placed within live simulcasts of the station's noon, 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. newscasts. Originally scheduled to debut on January 14, 1991, the service was to be distributed to Centel Videopath systems in Chicago's northern, northwestern, and southern suburbs. However, the service's launch was postponed three times due to logistical issues and demands by cable providers to gain a share of the service's advertising revenues. Station management scrapped plans for the channel in June 1991.
On August 24, 1998, WMAQ debuted its one-hour daily lifestyle and entertainment show NBC 5 Chicago Daytime, hosted by Rosati and Nesita Kwan alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda. Later, on April 26, 1999, the show was reduced to a half-hour.
In the Spring of 1999, after negotiations between WMAQ-TV management and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), nearly all of the station's on-air talent went on strike. On March 30, 1999, the station's on-air talent planned to authorize a strike vote, if a bargaining session with the station scheduled for late April failed. On May 14, 1999, four of the station's high-profile personalities—including 6:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. anchor Allison Rosati, chief meteorologist Brant Miller, sports anchor Mike Adamle and weekend evening meteorologist Shelly Monahan—broke ranks with the union, following the strike authorization vote.
In early fall 2006, additional changes were made to WMAQ's early evening lineup. On September 18, the station moved the afternoon newscast, with Sirott and Brooks, to 4:00 p.m. and moved the newsmagazine show Extra to 4:30 p.m.. The early evening newscast remained at 5:00 p.m. A week later on September 25, 2006, Saunders and Rosati were promoted to anchor the 5:00 p.m. newscasts.
On January 14, 2008, WMAQ-TV became the second television station in the Chicago market (after WLS-TV) to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. Only in-studio footage and some of the remote footage, from the field, were presented in HD, while most remote footage was in standard definition, using a mixture of 16:9 (widescreen) and 4:3cameras.
In March 2008, Johnson was demoted from the weekday newscast but continued his reporting work; Elgas was promoted to weekday morning anchor. On January 12, 2009, WMAQ and Fox owned-and-operated station WFLD entered into a Local News Service agreement, in which the two stations would share helicopter footage. This agreement reportedly paved the way for a larger pooling effort between the two stations. In Spring 2009, WMAQ-TV laid off an undisclosed number of employees. In addition, they canceled the Sunday morning newscasts due to budget cuts at the station. The Sunday morning newscasts were revived on November 7, 2010.
In May 2009, the station announced that it would conclude the public affairs program City Desk after 57 years; the show had its final broadcast on May 17, 2009. Two weeks later, on May 31, 2009, The Talk debuted on WMAQ with Brooks as host. Prior to this, Sunday morning anchor Ellee Pai Hong left the station after six years. On June 12, 2009, Bob Sirott left WMAQ-TV for the second time, as his contract with the station had not been renewed. Later, on July 29, 2009, Davlantes' contract with the station was not renewed. On August 10, 2009, Stafford was promoted as WMAQ's main anchor. He, along with Rosati, co-anchored the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.
For years, WMAQ-TV's 10:00 p.m. newscast was in second place behind WBBM-TV and, later, WLS-TV, with WBBM-TV third. At the conclusion of the November 2009 Nielsen Ratings sweeps period, WBBM-TV's 10:00 p.m. newscast overtook WMAQ-TV for second place for the first time in many years, largely due to the low ratings of the latter station's lead-in The Jay Leno Show, as WLS-TV continued to dominate the local newscast ratings in the Chicago market.
For five years, beginning in 2006 when WMAQ canceled its 11:00 a.m. newscast, WMAQ differed from most NBC stations in the Central Time Zone in that it did not carry a newscast in the weekday midday time period. This changed on September 12, 2011, when it debuted a half-hour newscast at noon (the program returned to 11:00 a.m. when it was reformatted as an hour-long newscast on September 8, 2014). On December 6, 2011, WMAQ-TV announced a partnership with The Chicago Reporter as part of a larger effort by NBCUniversal to partner with non-profit news organizations, following its acquisition by Comcast.
In January 2012, WMAQ-TV announced testing a news partnership with Merlin Media's WIQI (now WKQX) to use audio from all of WMAQ-TV's newscasts, including morning, noon, afternoon, 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. newscasts, as well as the sharing of assignments and online content between the two stations. The news partnership ended on July 17, 2012, when WIQI switched to an adult hits format, branded as "i101".
On July 27, 2013, WMAQ expanded its weekend morning newscasts, with the early edition of the program on both days expanding to two hours with the addition of an hour-long broadcast at 5:00 a.m. (from a previous 6:00 a.m. start) and an additional half-hour added at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. On February 9, 2014, the Chicago Sun Times announced that it would end its content partnership with WMAQ-TV, and enter into a new content agreement with ABC-owned station WLS-TV on February 10, 2014. In 2015, WMAQ became the first television station in the Chicago market to upgrade its news helicopter's camera system to shoot footage in ultra high definition. On August 24, 2015, WMAQ expanded its weekday morning newscast to three hours, with the addition of a half-hour at 4:00 a.m., becoming the second Chicago television station to expand into the timeslot – possibly to compete with WGN-TV, which began expanding its weekday morning newscast into the time period in July 2011.
On August 8, 2016, the station's hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast was revived after a 21-year absence, serving as a replacement for Extra, which moved to WFLD after a 20-year absence. WMAQ-TV became the third station in Chicago to expand into the time period, following WGN-TV (which began its 4:00 p.m. newscast in September 2014) and WLS-TV (which began expanding into the time period in the 1980s), indicating a decreased reliance on syndicated programming. With this addition, WMAQ-TV was reduced to only three hours of syndicated daytime shows to back up its newscasts outside of NBC network programming.
On August 23, 2019, WMAQ-TV announced that they were cutting the 11:00 a.m. newscast to the half-hour on Fridays in favor of its new lifestyle show Chicago Today effective September 6. 
On March 16, 2020, WMAQ-TV announced that the 6:00 p.m. newscast will expand to full hour with a half-hour extension at 6:30 p.m., making channel 5 the first and only station in Chicago to have a 6:30 p.m. newscast. This extension will be temporary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WMAQ achieved notoriety in 1997 when the station, in an effort to boost its newscast ratings, hired Jerry Springer as a commentator. At the same time, the station adopted a more tabloid news format by bringing in Joel Cheatwood. Previously, Cheatwood was known for establishing fast-paced tabloid newscasts at WSVN in Miami and WHDH-TV in Boston.
Though Springer was once a two-term mayor of Cincinnati before becoming a news anchor for that city's NBC affiliate WLWT, his association with his infamous talk show (which, until 2009, was broadcast from WMAQ's NBC Tower studios, and is now distributed by NBC Universal) led to the belief that the newscast was being dumbed down. There were a handful of Springer supporters; nevertheless, the incident triggered a lot of negative publicity, both locally and nationally. Carol Marin and Ron Magers, resigned in protest. News broadcasts at that time originated from a studio that opened onto the station's newsroom. As Marin signed off her last newscast, station personnel stood en masse in the newsroom behind her in a symbolic show of support for her decision to resign. The station saw a drop in its ratings. Springer only made two commentaries before he resigned, feeling unhappy with the criticism he received.
On July 10, 2007, Amy Jacobson negotiated her exit with WMAQ, after being videotaped in a bikini with her two sons at the home of Craig Stebic; the video was obtained by rival station WBBM. Craig's wife Lisa was missing and had not been found as of that date. The incident raised the issue whether Jacobson crossed a journalistic ethical line in being friendly with a subject of the story. Jacobson reported at WMAQ for the previous 10 years. The video of her at Craig Stebic's home was either taken by or given to WBBM-TV, which has the entire six minute video on its website.
In the February 2011 Nielsen local news ratings, WMAQ ranked in third place overall in late news with a 5.5 rating share, dropping substantially from the 6.8 share it scored in February 2010 that was propelled by a lead-in from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. WMAQ had the second-lowest lead-in number among all news stations in the market with a 4.7 lead-in share (WGN-TV's primetime lead-in for its late newscast was the lowest, scoring a 2.2 rating lead-in, though its 9 p.m. newscast remained strong).
- NBC Newsroom Chicago with Chet Utley (1949–1959)
- NBC News Night Report (1959–1970)
- NewsFive (1970–1975)
- NewsCenter 5 (1975–1983)
- Channel 5 News (1983–1997)
- NewsChannel 5 (1997–1999)
- NBC 5 Chicago News (1999–2001)
- NBC 5 News (2001–present)
- Channel 5, Proud as a Peacock! (1979–1981; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 5, Our Pride is Showing (1981–1982; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- We're Channel 5, Just Watch Us Now (1982-1983; localized version of NBC ad campaign
- Channel 5 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Channel 5, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come Home to Channel 5 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come on Home to Channel 5 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Come Home to the Best, Only on Channel 5 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Your 24-Hour News Source (1989–1993)
- WMAQ, The Place to Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- It's A Whole New Channel 5 (1992-1993; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The Stars Are Back on Channel 5 (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- It's NBC on Channel 5 (1994-1995; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The Year To Be on Channel 5 (1995-1996; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- The Network is You on Channel 5 (1996-1997; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Committed to Chicago (1995-1998)
- I Love NBC on Channel 5 (1997-1998; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- I Love NBC 5 Chicago (1998-1999; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- It's Only NBC 5 Chicago (1999-2001; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- NBC 5, In the Heart of Chicago (2001-2002; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- We Are Chicago (2010–present)
- NBC 5, More Colorful (2010–present; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
News music packages
- NBC TV-Radio Newspulse (1974–1978)
- NewsCenter Theme (1978–1981)
- WMAQ 1981 News Theme (1981–1983)
- WMAQ 1983 News Theme (1983–1986)
- WMAQ 1985 News Theme (1985–1989)
- WMAQ 1989 News Theme (1989–1992)
- Newswire (1992–1997)
- WMAQ 1997 News Theme (1997–1999)
- Battery (1999–2001)
- The Tower (2001–2012)
Current on-air staff
- Marion Brooks - weekdays at noon & 4:30 p.m.; weeknight field reporter and host of The Talk
- Rob Elgas - weekdays at 4:30 p.m. also weeknight 10pm reporter
- Stefan Holt - weekday mornings (4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.); also general assignment reporter
- Dick Johnson - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.; also weekday field reporter
- Allison Rosati - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Anthony Ponce- weekend mornings; also weekday reporter
- Rob Stafford - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Kim Vatis - weekend mornings; also general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor
- Brant Miller (NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weekdays at 4:30 and weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Andy Avalos (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings 4:30-7 a.m.
- Alicia Roman (AMS Seal of Approval)- meteorologist; weekdays at noon
- Pete Sack (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; fill-in
- Mike Adamle - sports anchor/reporter; also host of Sports Sunday
- Peggy Kusinski - Bears reporter
NOTE: Sports anchors cycle. There is not a set sports "anchoring" schedule.
- Matt Rodewald - weekday mornings
- Amanda Czernecki - weekend mornings
- JoAnne Pazderski - weekend mornings
- Sarah Jindra - weekend mornings
- Mary Ann Ahern - political reporter
- Christian Farr - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Jeff Goldblatt - general assignment reporter (per diem); also fill-in anchor
- Lauren Jiggetts - general assignment reporter
- Nesita Kwan - health and science reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Carol Marin - political editor
- Natalie Martinez - general assignment reporter
- Alex Perez - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Anthony Ponce - general assignment reporter
- Phil Rogers - general assignment reporter
- LeeAnn Trotter - entertainment reporter
- Kim Vatis - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Charlie Wojciechowski - general assignment/technology reporter
- Sharon Wright - general assignment reporter
- Mike Lorber - "Sky 5" reporter
- Jim Ryan - fill-in "Sky 5" reporter
- Catie Keogh - host
- Pete McMurray - co-host
- Marcus Riley - correspondent
- Jeff Conway - movie correspondent
- Steve Handelsman - national correspondent
Former on-air staff
- Linda Alvarez - reporter (1973–1977, later at KNBC-TV and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles)
- Ryan Baker - sports anchor (2003–2008, now at WBBM-TV)
- Jackie Bange - weekend anchor/reporter (1990–1993, now at WGN-TV)
- Derrick Blakely - weekend anchor/reporter (1987–2003, now at WBBM-TV)
- Jamie Blyth - 24/7 Chicago correspondent (2008)
- Darrian Chapman - sports anchor/reporter (2000–2002, deceased)
- John Coleman - meteorologist (1984–1990, now at KUSI-TV in San Diego)
- Chet Coppock - sports anchor (1981–1984, currently at WMVP-AM)
- Don Craig - anchor (1976–1978)
- Jim Cummins - reporter (1976–1978, later Southwest Bureau Chief at NBC News, deceased)
- Ed Curran - weather anchor (1999–2002, later at WBBM-TV)
- Darryl David - business reporter/weekend anchor (1987–1989)
- Anna Davlantes - weekend anchor/reporter (2000–2009, now at WFLD-TV)
- Billy Dec - 24/7 Chicago host (2008)
- Jill Dougherty - reporter (1980–1983, now at CNN in Washington, D.C.)
- Tom Duggan - sports reporter (1949–1953, deceased)
- Ysabel Duron - reporter (1986–1990, now at KRON-TV in San Francisco)
- Roger Ebert - (deceased)
- Joan Esposito - anchor/reporter (1989–1999)
- Russ Ewing - investigative reporter (1967–1981 and 1998–2001)
- Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix - 24/7 Chicago correspondent (2009)
- Renee Ferguson - investigative reporter (1987–2008)
- Ona Fletcher - reporter (1997–1999)
- Robin George - reporter/fill-in anchor (1990–2000)
- Mark Giangreco - sports anchor (1982–1993, now at WLS-TV)
- Sylvia Gomez - reporter (1992–1994, later at WBBM-TV and WFLD-TV)
- Roberta Gonzales - weather anchor (1990–1996, now at KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
- Greg Gumbel - sports anchor (1973–1981, now at CBS Sports)
- Daniella Guzman - weekday mornings (4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.), now at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, CA
- Cindy Hernandez - reporter (1994–1997)
- Chuck Henry - anchor (1979–1982, now at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles)
- Ellee Pai Hong - weekend morning anchor/reporter (2003–2009, now host of Comcast Newsmakers on CNN Headline News)
- Ron Hunter - anchor (1975–1978)
- Amy Jacobson - reporter (1996–2007)
- Walter Jacobson - anchor/reporter (1971–1973, later at WFLD-TV, now at WBBM-TV)
- Floyd Kalber - legendary anchor (1960–1976, deceased)
- Dr. Barry Kaufman - health reporter (?–?)
- Dick Kay - political reporter/commentator/host of City Desk (1968–2006, the longest serving reporter at WMAQ)
- Jon Kelley - sports reporter (1991–1998, later at Extra)
- Darren Kramer - weekend anchor/reporter (2003–2005, now at WTNH-TV in New Haven-Hartford)
- Don Lemon - anchorman/reporter (2003–2005, now with CNN world headquarters in Atlanta)
- Dr. Deanna Lites - health reporter (2001–2003, now with NBC News)
- Ron Magers - longtime anchor (1981–1997, now at WLS-TV)
- John Mason - reporter (1995–1997, now at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis)
- Lauren Massarella - (?–?)
- Megan Mawicke - sports anchor/reporter (2002–2004, now at WBBM-TV)
- Marlene McClinton - weekend anchor/reporter (1985–1987, later at KHOU-TV Houston)
- Robin Meade - anchor/reporter (1994–2001, now at HLN)
- Al Meltzer - sports anchor/reporter (1977–1978)
- Byron Miranda - weather anchor (1998–2002, now at KGTV-TV in San Diego)
- Shelly Monahan - weather anchor (1999–2002, now at KHQ-TV in Spokane)
- Erin Moriarty - consumer reporter (1983–1986, now at CBS News)
- Jeannie Morris - sports reporter (1970–1973 and 1974–1975)
- Johnny Morris - sports anchor (1968–1975)
- Mary Murnane - weekend anchor/reporter (1985–1990)
- Rich Newberg - investigative reporter (1975–1978, now at WIVB-TV in Buffalo)
- Art Norman - feature/technology reporter & fill-in anchor (1982–2009)
- Deborah Norville - reporter/anchor (1982–1986, now host of Inside Edition)
- Pat O'Brien - anchor/reporter (?–?)
- Roger O'Neil - reporter (now an NBC News correspondent)
- Anita Padilla - weekend morning anchor/reporter (1997–2007, now at WFLD-TV)
- Jane Pauley - anchor/reporter (1975–1976)
- Maury Povich - anchor (1976–1977)
- Cindy Preszler - meteorologist (1997–1998, currently at KSDK-TV in St. Louis)
- Norma Quarles - reporter (1977–1978)
- Gene Randall - anchor/reporter (19761–980)
- Carol Anne Riddell - reporter (1990–1992, now at WNBC-TV in New York)
- Max Robinson - anchor (1984–1985, deceased)
- Jim Ruddle - anchor (1967–1975) and (1979–1986)
- Rich Sallinger - reporter (1986–1990, now at KCNC-TV in Denver)
- Rich Samuels - reporter (1974–1991, now runs a website on Chicago broadcasting)
- Warner Saunders - anchor/reporter (1980–2009)
- Dave Savini - investigative reporter (1993–2004, now at WBBM-TV)
- Mark Schanowski - sports anchor/reporter (1998–2005, now at Comcast Sportsnet Chicago)
- Cheryl Scott - meteorologist (now at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, GA)
- Alan Sealls - meteorologist (1997–1999, now at WKRG-TV in Mobile)
- Tom Shaer - sports reporter/anchor (1989–2001)
- Don Shane - sports anchor/reporter (1980–1983, now at WXYZ-TV in Detroit)
- Carole Simpson - weekend anchor/reporter (1970–1974)
- Bob Sirott - anchor/reporter (1989–1993, later at WFLD-TV, WTTW-TV and 2006–2009, now back at WFLD-TV)
- Sondra Solarte - traffic reporter (2001–2005, now at WFLD-TV)
- Tammie Souza - meteorologist (2000–2006, later at WFLD-TV and WTSP-TV in Tampa, now back at WFLD-TV)
- Jeanne Sparrow - traffic/entertainment reporter (2000–2005, now Program Host at Karl Productions & You and Me This Morning at WCIU-TV)
- Amy Stone - (?–?)
- Ray Suarez - reporter (1986–1993 now a Senior Correspondent at the PBS NewsHour)
- Mark Suppelsa - anchor/investigative reporter (1993–2003, later at WFLD-TV, now at WGN-TV)
- Jerry Taft - weather anchor (1977–1984, now at WLS-TV)
- Martha Teichner - reporter (1976–1977, now at CBS News)
- Jim Tilmon - weather anchor and aviation reporter (1972–1994, later at WBBM-TV)
- Lisa Tutman - reporter (1997–2006)
- Harry Volkman - weather anchor (1959–1967, later at WBBM-TV and WFLD-TV now deceased)
- Phil Walters - anchor/reporter (1967–1976 and 1997–2000, deceased)
- Libby Weaver - (?–?)
- Tim Weigel - sports anchor (1975–1977 later at WLS-TV and WBBM-TV, deceased)
- Roy Weissinger - weekend anchor/reporter (1984–1987)
- Linda Yu - anchor/reporter (1979–1984, now at WLS-TV)
- Bill Zwecker - movie critic (1993–2000, later at WBBM-TV, now at WFLD-TV)
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