Breaking: Insiders at Chicago’s Fox O&O WFLD-TV tell TVNewser that Jeff Goldblatt, Fox News Channel’s Chicago-based correspondent, is in the newsroom today after it was announced to staff that he is joining the station as its new 9pm main anchor. He’s expected to debut on-air prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention.
Goldblatt is the latest from FNC to be drafted for Fox O&O positions. Former FNC anchors Dari Alexander and Rick Folbaum anchor the 6pm news at Fox5 in New York and Greg Kelly anchors Good Day New York at Fox5. FNC chairman Roger Ailes also oversees the Fox O&O stations.
> More: The official press release, after the jump…
JEFF GOLDBLATT JOINS FOX CHICAGO NEWS
CHICAGO — Jeff Goldblatt is the new co-anchor of “FOX Chicago News at 9:00 p.m.,” announced Patrick Mullen, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. He is scheduled to make his first on-air appearance during the week of August 18th.
In making the announcement, Mullen stated, “We’re thrilled to have Jeff join the FOX Chicago News team. His extensive local and national broadcast news experience, as well as his depth and breadth of knowledge about the Chicago market, makes him the ideal co-anchor for our late news program.”
Most recently, Goldblatt spent nine years as a Chicago-based correspondent for Fox News Channel. While in this role he covered a number of notable news events originating from the region, including the recent spate of floods in the Midwest, the NIU shootings and the Drew Peterson investigation. Prior to this, he served as general assignment and investigative reporter for WTVJ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Miami.
Added Goldblatt, “Chicago is a premiere news town and Iâ€™m fortunate to have lived and worked here for nine years. I look forward to collaborating with the Fox Chicago team to bring viewers news about the issues and events that impact their lives.”
Earlier in his career, Goldblatt was the chief investigative correspondent for the nationally syndicated news magazine “American Journal.” Before this, he was a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the Providence Journal/A.H. Belo Broadcasting covering the political beat. Goldblatt began his career at WECT-TV the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina and later at WTVR-TV the CBS station in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.
For more information, please visit www.myfoxchicago.com.
WFLD FOX Chicago is part of the Fox Television Stations, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.34% of U.S. television homes. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
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