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Jennifer Lyons Named News Director at WGN

Jennifer Lyons WGNTribune has promoted Jennifer Lyons to news director at WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago. Lyons has worked at WGN for 21 years, most recently as assistant news director.

“As Chicago’s Very Own, I felt it was important to have a leader who knows Chicago. Jennifer is the entire package: a track record of success, forward thinking, with strong editorial judgment and her pulse on Chicago,” WGN general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “With over twenty years at WGN-TV, I am proud to honor that loyalty and experience with the news director post. It is well deserved.”

Before Lyons was assistant news director, she was the executive producer of the morning and midday newscasts. She has previously worked at WHO in Des Moines and KWQC in Davenport, Iowa.

Lyons replaces Greg Caputo, who recently retired.

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WGN News Director Greg Caputo Set to Retire

wgn-logoLongtime WGN news director Greg Caputo will retire from the Chicago CW affiliate next month, The Chicago Tribune reports:

Caputo, who has headed up the Tribune Co. station’s news operation since 2002, told staffers Monday he is stepping down at the end of June. … “Being a part of WGN was a goal for me for years,” Caputo said.  “Being here for the last 11 years has been even better than I thought it would be.”

No successor has been named, according to executives.

Before WGN, Caputo worked at WLVI in Boston and WFLD in Chicago.

Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory Joining WGN

Demetrius Ivory will be joining Chicago CW affiliate WGN as a morning meteorologist.

“As we expand our WGN Morning News to 10am, we look forward to Demetrius joining our ‘must watch’ Morning News,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement. “Demetrius brings a real enthusiasm for meteorology to his work.  His on-air personality and warmth will fit well with our Morning News team.”

Ivory, who will anchor the weather from 4:00 to 6:00 am on WGN, comes from WTAE in Pittsburgh where he was also the morning meteorologist. He’s also worked at WYTV in Youngstown, OH, and WOHL in Lima, OH.

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Cortney Hall Named Morning Anchor at CLTV

Cortney Hall will be the new morning anchor at CLTV, Tribune’s regional cable news channel in Chicago.

Hall joins CLTV from WKMG in Orlando, where she was the morning reporter. She has previously worked for WCIA in Champaign, Ill. and as a producer at Bloomberg News in New York.

Hall’s hire was announced Friday by Greg Caputo, the news director at CLTV and Tribune’s Chicago CW affiliate WGN. She will begin in Chicago on December 17.

WGN News Director Explains How Staged Plane Crash Was Mistaken for Actual News

WGN news director Greg Caputo has some explaining to do after the CW affiliate’s Friday morning newscast, when anchors Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash spent several minutes reporting on a staged plane crash as if it were breaking news. Caputo talks about the incident with the Chicago Tribune, which like WGN is owned by Tribune Co.:

Channel 9 news director Greg Caputo said the station’s helicopter “was close by and was the first news helicopter to arrive on the scene. Based on police radio traffic, several officers in the area were similarly alarmed that there was a plane crash.  We contacted Chicago police, Chicago fire, and the FAA seeking information.  All of those public agencies said they had no knowledge of a plane crash.  But none of them said that it was a scene from a movie.

“Our previous experience with movies and TV shows filming in Chicago is that they inform the community that something is happening,” he added. “Since we had no such advisory, our news team began to describe the scene they could see from our helicopter shot.  Other major stations in Chicago were on network news at that time.”  Read more

Micah Materre, Lourdes Duarte Filling In for WGN’s Mark Suppelsa This Week

A rotating cast of WGN substitutes will fill in for Mark Suppelsa this month, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

Suppelsa, who anchors the 5 and 9 p.m. weeekday newscasts on the Chicago CW-affiliate, announced on Friday that he would take a month away from the anchor desk to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction. He expects to be back in June.

Micah Materre and Lourdes Duarte are handling Suppela’s responsibilities this week and next. Tom Negovan and Dan Ponce will anchor through the end of May, WGN news director Greg Caputo told Feder.

Chicago Mayor Institutes No Handcuffing Policy for Reporters, Following Incident with WGN’s Dan Ponce

Following an incident in which Chicago police handcuffed WGN reporter Dan Ponce, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that he doesn’t “believe in handcuffing reporters.”

“Whether I like what you write or whether I like what you report, you have an essential role in telling the truth,” Emanuel said to a group of reporters on Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “I want to say this: You won’t be handcuffed. That I can assure you today.”

A little over a week ago, Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams were handcuffed outside of a hospital as they attempted to report on the murder of a six-year-old girl.  Police detained the pair while they were situated on a median in a street alongside the hospital. Read more

Muriel Clair Leaving Chicago’s WGN After 34 Years

Trial reporter Muriel Clair, who joined Chicago CW-affiliate WGN in 1978, is leaving the station, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

“There are things I want to do and places I want to go without regard to work schedules,” she said. “The operative word here is ‘quitting.’ I have not been asked to resign. I am not being fired.”

Clair will continue special projects on a freelance basis, including her popular “Teacher of the Month” feature. WGN news director Greg Caputo praised her as “a newsroom leader and mentor.”

“The list of her accomplishments is long and significant,” Caputo told Feder.

Dina Bair Officially Named Mid-Day Anchor at WGN

WGN, the CW-affiliate in Chicago, has officially named Dina Bair the mid-day newscast anchor.

Bair has been filling in on the broadcast for Allison Payne, who suffers from problems with her vocal cords, for most of this year. Payne recently exited WGN, saying her health “had become a burden to the station.”

“Dina has been filling in on this broadcast for several months this year and last,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement. “During that time, she has shown her ability to be comfortable and engaging in both the hard news segments as well as the feature segments that are a hallmark of the broadcast.”

Bair, who has been with WGN since 1994, will continue as the station’s medical reporter.

WDIV’s Frank Holland Named Anchor at WGN

Frank Holland, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at Detroit’s WDIV for the past two years, is joining Chicago’s WGN as the morning co-anchor.

Holland will anchor the CW affiliate’s 4 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. broadcasts alongside Erin McElroy beginning September 12. WGN — which launched the early-morning broadcast about a month ago — has had Tom Negovan in the anchor chair on an interim basis while the station searched for a permanent anchor. Erin McElroy (formerly known as Erin Mendez) was assigned the 4 a.m. broadcast in April.

“We look forward to adding Frank to our AM team of personalities and we know our viewers will appreciate Frank’s energy and passion for good story-telling,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement.

Prior to joining WDIV, Holland was a general assignment reporter at News 12 Westchester in New York and WMGM in Atlantic City. He started his career in Fairbanks, AK, working at KTVF and KUAC.

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