ABC 7 Chicago celebrates 30 years of morning news

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WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its morning newscast.

  • The debut newscast team on April 3, 1989, featured Roz Varon, Alan Krashesky and Jerry Taft. Kathy Brock would join the newscast in 1990.
  • Taft, Krashesky and Brock would eventually be moved to the station’s evening newscasts, and Tracy Butler and Hosea Sanders were brought in in 1994.
  • Judy Hsu joined the morning team in 2001.
  • Of the original team, only Varon is still on the air — so April 3 also marked her 30th anniversary on the broadcast.
  • In honor of Varon’s time, the Chicago theatre, which is located across the street from the station’s streetside studio, honored her and the station’s morning newscast on its marquee.
  • Outgoing Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel proclaimed Wednesday, April 3, 2019 as “Roz Varon Day.”

  • Taft and Brock have since retired from the station.
  • Sanders is still with the station, but anchors the 7 p.m. newscast WLS produces for independent station WCIU.
  • He was replaced on the morning anchor desk by Terrell Brown, who remains in that role.
  • Hsu left the morning team to become anchor of the station’s 4 and 6 p.m. newscasts after the retirement of Linda Yu and Brock triggered multiple anchor shuffles at the station.
  • Hsu was replaced by Tanja Babich, who still serves as co-anchor. Butler is also still the broadcast’s meteorologist.