WLS-TV's Theresa Gutierrez To Be Off Air A Few Months

WLS-TV's Emmy Award-winning reporter and host of "The N Beat," Theresa Gutierrez went in for knee replacement surgery this week. Due to the long recovery process, she is expected to be off the air for many months.

She will continue to be seen on ABC 7 a few times this month via pre-recorded segments. This includes hosting this month's episode of "The N Beat" on September 28th, and appearing in Hispanic Heritage Month vignettes over the next few weeks.

Theresa Gutierrez began her media career at WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 in 1971 as a production assistant. In 1972, she left WMAQ-TV and joined WLS-TV/ABC 7, once again working as a production assistant. She has been there in a variety of roles ever since.

She became a general assignment reporter for WLS-TV in June 1986. She also has been a host of many specials and public affairs programs, including "The Feminine Franchise," "Weekend Edition," "Weekend," "Sunday in Chicago with Theresa Gutierrez," and currently, the periodic special "The N Beat."

Gutierrez also worked briefly in radio in 1973, working for then-sister-station WLS-AM, hosting the weekend shows "Ms. Understood" and "Hispano."

In her long career with ABC 7, Gutierrez has won numerous awards, including Emmy Awards, most recently for her work as Host/Producer for "The N Beat" in 2012. In 2006, the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted Theresa Gutierrez into the prestigious Silver Circle for her over three decades of significant and outstanding contribution to Chicago television.

This is the second surgery for a WLS-TV veteran this week. As previously mentioned here, longtime WLS-TV traffic/transportation anchor Roz Varon is out this week recovering from a breast cancer procedure, which took place yesterday.