Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 11:30
WFLD-TV/FOX Chicago will soon be making major shifts with its on-air staffers. Beginning early next month, WFLD-TV will have new weekday news anchors at Noon, new news anchors on Saturday & Sunday, different responsibilities the station's meteorologists, expanded duties for a morning host, and more.
Two of the anchors from WFLD-TV's morning program, "Good Day Chicago," will now see greatly expanded duties. Starting October 8th, the 60-minute Noon newscast will be anchored by Anna Davlantes and Kori Chambers.
Davlantes currently anchors "Good Day Chicago" from 7:00am-10:00am, with co-anchor Corey McPherrin. Those duties will continue on with no change for now.
Chambers currently anchors "Good Day Chicago" from 4:30am-7:00am. The first half hour, he anchors solo, while the next two hours he works alongside with co-anchor Dawn Hasbrouck. Starting October 8th, Chambers will give up his 4:30am-5:00am duties, which Hasbrouck will now take over.
Davlantes & Chambers will be replacing Pat Elwood, who has been anchoring the Noon newscast solo since the departure of co-anchor Jan Jeffcoat on July 27th
. Jeffcoat exited to begin work on a new nationally syndicated news program. Elwood will now return to being a reporter for the station, contributing mainly to the morning newscasts.
Meteorologist Tammy Souza, who had been splitting the weather duties on the Noon newscast with meteorologist Mark Strehl, will now move to weekends only. Chief meteorologist Bill Bellis will now expand his duties, taking over as the Monday-Friday Noon newscast weather anchor, as well as the evening anchor. Strehl will continue as the "Good Day Chicago" weather anchor.
Starting October 6th, Amara Walker takes over as co-anchor of the weekend evening newscasts. Walker joined WFLD-TV at the end of July as a part-time freelance reporter, after spending almost seven years at NBC6 Miami as a reporter/anchor. On weekends, she will join Larry Yellen, who has been anchoring the newscasts solo since late summer 2010. The 60-minute Saturday & Sunday newscasts are at 9:00pm, but sometimes delayed in the fall due to weekend football broadcasts and baseball post-season games.
Reporter Darlene Hill picks up additional duties on the weekend, as well. Starting October 7th, Hill becomes the new co-host of "Fox Chicago Sunday." The 30-minute news wrap-up and political affairs program, which airs Sunday mornings at 8:30am, will continue to also be co-hosted by political editor Mike Flannery. Exiting as co-host is Dane Placko, who will instead focus his time on investigative and special reports for the weekday newscasts.
Phyllis Schwartz, WFLD-TV's Vice President and News Director, issued a statement today regarding the promotion of Darlene Hill, saying: "Darlene's years of experience reporting from Chicago neighborhoods, courthouses, and institutions give her a wealth of knowledge that complement Mike's political expertise." Hill has been a multi-award-winning reporter for WFLD-TV since 1996.