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The Many Changes At WFLD-TV... So Far

In the last few weeks, as well as with the coming weeks, there have been so many changes happening within the news departments at Fox-owned WFLD, one can hardly know when to see which anchor/reporter they want to see without a scorecard. Your friendly neighborhood Chicagoland Radio & Media website decided to go ahead and create a scorecard. Here are all of the additions, subtractions, and changes so far for WFLD-TV in 2010:

Anna Davlantes: The former WMAQ-TV anchor/reporter joined WFLD in November of 2009 as a "contributing anchor" and reporter. Starting in early August, she will move to be the morning news anchor, working the 7:00am-10:00am shift. She will co-anchor with Corey McPherrin.

Bill Zwecker: The Sun-Times columnist and former WBBM-TV entertainment reporter was hired by WFLD in January to be the entertainment reporter for their newscasts.

Bob Sirott: The former WBBM-TV/WMAQ-TV anchor/reporter joined WFLD in July to anchor the 9:00pm news alongside Robin Robinson. He replaced Jeff Goldblatt.

Byron Harlan: The 13 year veteran news anchor exited in March when his contract was not renewed. He is currently not working in TV.

Corey McPherrin: The 15 year veteran sports anchor of WFLD will now shift jobs. Starting in early August, McPherrin will be the new morning news anchor, working alongside Anna Davlantes from 7:00am-10:00am.

Dave Novarro: The morning news anchor is leaving WFLD to join sister-station WNYW-TV in New York as morning news anchor.

Dawn Hasbrouck: Joined WFLD in February as co-anchor of the Noon newscast, replacing Nancy Loo in that position. Starting next month, Hasbrouck will move to mornings, co-anchoring the news from 5:00am-7:00am.

Darlene Hill: The 16 year veteran reporter/former anchor did not have any changes within WFLD this year, but she did add a new job. In early April, she signed on as a new co-host of "Chicago Speaks," WVAZ-FM's public affairs call-in community forum that airs each Sunday morning.

Jan Jeffcoat: The 7:00am-10:00am morning news co-anchor will now move to co-anchor the Noon news for WFLD, beginning early next month.

Jeff Goldblatt: The co-anchor of the 9:00pm news was removed from the airwaves this month to make room for Bob Sirott. Goldblatt is still under contract with WFLD for three more weeks, but his contract is not being renewed.

Joanie Lum: WFLD-TV picked up this former WBBM-TV alum for reporting in March of this year. She began on the air in mid-April. Although, not officially stated as such, the hire was seen by many as a replacement for Nancy Loo.

Jill Carlson: The weekend sports anchor will now also be handling the weekday sports reporting for the nightly newscasts, until a permanent sports anchor is found. The previous weeknight sports anchor, Corey McPherrin, is moving to mornings to become a news anchor.

Lauren Cohn: The reporter/former anchor exited in April after WFLD did not renew her contract.

Lilia Chacon: 21 year veteran reporter for WFLD did not have her contract renewed. She left the station at the start of this month.

Lou Canellis: The veteran sports anchor was added to the morning news line-up at the end of last year, although the hire was not announced officially until January of this year.

Melinda Tichelaar: The Executive Producer of WFLD's "Good Day Chicago," until she was reassigned in late March to being a web producer and line producer to make room for Todd Woolman.

Mike Flannery: The former WBBM-TV political reporter joined WFLD-TV in the same capacity in June. He replaced Jack Conaty, who exited at the end of last year when his contract wasn't renewed.

Nancy Loo: Had her anchor job replaced by Dawn Hasbrouck in February and was shifted to reporting. WFLD then dropped her in April by not renewing her contract and replaced her with Joanie Lum. She currently is doing reporting and fill-in work with WGN-TV.

Todd Woolman: The former Assistant News Director at WBBM-TV, became the new Executive Producer of WFLD's "Good Day Chicago" in April, replacing Melinda Tichelaar, who was reassigned to lesser duties.

Other:
- Supposedly, numerous WFLD technicians, all NABET-CWA Local 41 Union members, were slowly phased out when WFLD installed new Sony software-based production automation systems, eliminating the need for so many human eyes & hands doing much of the technical work.

- As of this month, WFLD is now experimenting with changing its 9:00pm newscast into one that mentions less stories, but does longer focuses on important ones.

- Tera Williams is likely the next to exit WFLD. The reporter is expecting her first child in less than a month and will be going on maternity leave soon. He husband, former WFLD news anchor Mike Barz, just began a news anchor position in Jacksonville, FL. It is widely expected that Williams, a Florida native, will move to Florida to be with her husband this year, and not returning from maternity leave back to WFLD.

Without a doubt, no television station news department has seen as many high-profile changes this year (and not yet even eight months into the year) as WFLD-TV.

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