Chicago morning anchor returns from maternity leave

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After giving birth to a baby girl in April 2019, WLS Chicago morning anchor Tanja Babich is back at the anchor desk.

  • Babich’s first day back was Tuesday, Aug. 20.
  • The morning team celebrated her return — though normal morning meteorologist Tracy Butler was out.
  • Babich took three months of maternity leave following the birth of her third child.
  • Babich joked about her lack of sleep with co-anchor Terrell Brown on Tuesday morning’s show.
  • The station’s morning news starts at 4:30 a.m. local time and runs until 7 a.m., with local cut-ins continuing until 9 a.m.
  • Babich also took over anchoring the 11 a.m. show in 2018.