Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:58
WFLD-TV has hired Lisa Chavarria as its newest general assignment reporter, working primarily for the station's 9:00pm weeknight newscasts. She begins with the station on Monday, April 30th.
Chavarria is a Chicago native and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She began her news career by interning at the Chicago bureau for NBC News and with WGN-TV. He first paying job was with WTOM-TV in Traverse City, MI, followed by WTVF-TV in Nashville, TN. Since 2010, she has been a reporter with KHOU-TV in Houston, TX.
On her KHOU-TV bio
, Chavarria talks about growing up here and dreaming of a future career in journalism. She wrote: "I grew up in Chicago and from an early age, I must have known I would end up in news. I would run around with a tape recorder and interview my mom about dinner or my dad about what he was watching on TV. My parents might have grown tired of me bothering them, but now I'm sure they're grateful I'm doing what I love."
One year ago, Chavarria won the local Houston sports radio website contest as Houston's "Hottest Media Woman" -- something that can be viewed as both an honor and an embarrassment. Despite living in other states for the last few years, Chavarria maintains that she is still a die-hard Chicago Bears fan.
In a statement this afternoon, Lisa Chavarria said: "I'm thrilled to be returning to my hometown, doing something I truly love, and that is telling stories about topics that are relevant to the people of Chicago. I look forward to covering news in this great city, a place that has shaped who I am as a person and a journalist."
Houston appears to be a stepping stone for Chicago news people, as quite a few new newsroom hires this year have come from there. Daniella Guzman
, who recently started as WMAQ-TV's morning news c-anchor came from a Houston station, while WBBM-TV's newest morning news co-anchor Kris Gutierrez
worked in the Houston market, as well.