My Chicago Connection
I've lived all but seven years of my life in the Chicago area. I had to leave Illinois to start my broadcast career after graduating from Northern Illinois University. My first job was as a dayside reporter and nightside meteorologist for WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My degree in meteorology prepared me for doing the weather on the 11 pm newscast during the week but I had no experience as a reporter. I cut my teeth on a variety of stories in the Shenandoah Valley. I was a one man band, shooting, writing and editing on everything from city council meetings to murders.
I moved on after less than a year in Virginia. My next move was to New Bern, North Carolina as the morning meteorologist. In small markets you can wear many different hats and I certainly did at WCTI-TV. My main job was weather but I also did a daily morning sportscast along with occasional business reports and I even anchored some local cut-ins to Good Morning America. After six years there my wife and I decided it was time to move back to Chicago and raise our kids where they could be closer to both sets of Grandma and Grandpa.
After a stint as an assistant manager at Blockbuster (remember those?) and a job with the National Weather Service's Chicago office, I joined an exciting start-up that approached news differently in Chicago. ChicagoLand Television launched in 1993. The 24 hour regional news channel was a fun place to work with some very talented and young journalists. CLTV was mockingly called Children Learning Television. We won some Emmys after just our first year and started to earn some respect.
Our weather office moved to WGN's studio after a few years and I became part of the WGN weather team. I enjoyed floating back and forth between "ole #9" and CLTV and my daily forecasts on WGN Radio.
CLTV faded to black at the end of 2019. I left WGN and eventually started working on a per diem basis for WBBM or CBS 2 Chicago. That is where you will find me today.
I have been fortunate to work most of my career in the city I love. GO BEARS!