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ABC 7 Political Reporter Charles Thomas Announces Retirement

Veteran television reporter Charles Thomas, who has been working as a journalist since 1973 and with WLS-TV/ABC 7 since 1991, announced he will soon be retiring. His final day with WLS-TV will be on March 3rd.

Soon after graduating from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism in 1973, St. Louis native Thomas began working as a professional journalist. He was a reporter at various stations across the country including KCMO-AM in Kansas City, KGO-TV in San Francisco, and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. He then served as a Midwest Correspondent for ABC News, based out of Chicago and St. Louis.

Thomas joined WLS-TV in September 1991, where he served as a general assignment reporter until he was promoted to political reporter in January 2009.

Thomas said this afternoon in his announcement: "Having served as ABC 7's political reporter for the past 8 years, I have had a front row to history. I cannot adequately describe how blessed I feel to work at the #1 television station in this city, with the best management team and coworkers in Chicago. Without a moment's hesitation I can look back and say I had the best TV reporting job in America."

Even though he will be officially retired, Thomas says he plans on using his journalistic skills on a soon to be announced digital platform. He said the goal of the new project would to help "the African American community take control of its own message and change the narrative to a positive one."

WLS-TV has not yet named Thomas' successor to the political reporter role.

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