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Erin Kennedy Joins WBBM From WKYC

Erin KennedyErin Kennedy is joining WBBM, the CBS-owned station in Chicago, as co-anchor of the morning newscast. She will begin in her new role on May 19.

“Erin is an exceptional broadcaster,” WBBM vice president and news director Jeff Kiernan said in a statement. “She’s an experienced news anchor and reporter who will bring an intelligence and warmth to morning news in Chicago.”

Since 2011, Kennedy has been an anchor and reporter at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. Before that, she worked at WPRI in Providence for six years.

Kennedy will co-anchor alongside Kris Gutierrez. She is the official replacement for Susan Carlson, who left the station last year, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

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WBBM Expands Sunday Morning Newscast

WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, is adding an hour to its Sunday morning newscast beginning next month.

“September 22 marks one year since our return to weekend morning news and viewers have responded,” news director Jeff Kiernan said in a statement. “Adding an hour to our Sunday morning broadcast underscores our commitment to serving our community.”

The expanded newscast will begin one hour earlier, at 6 a.m., and will continue to be anchored by Marissa Bailey with reporter Courtney Gousman and meteorologist Ed Curran. The newscast, which airs immediately before ratings powerhouse “CBS Sunday Morning,” has given the station its best ratings on Sunday morning since the advent of Nielsen’s Local People Meters, according to WBBM.

Fox News’ Kris Gutierrez Joining WBBM in Chicago

Fox News correspondent Kris Gutierrez is joining WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, as a morning anchor, the station announced today.

Gutierrez will co-anchor the 4:30-7 a.m. newscast alongside Susan Carlson beginning March 12.

“Kris has an incredible depth of news experience — on a local and national level — and I am thrilled to welcome him to our morning news team,” WBBM vice president and news director Jeff Kiernan said in a statement. “He will bring a new energy and fresh perspective to our early morning news show and I’m confident viewers will enjoy his broadcast style.” Read more

Plagued by Criticism for Clip of 4-Year-Old, WBBM VP Defends Station from Racism Accusations

In the month since the initial criticism was laid on WBBM, the CBS owned-and-operated station in Chicago, for taking the quote of a four-year-old boy on the South Side out of context, the ethical debate has continued to fester.

The report, which featured an edited soundbite of a young African American boy saying he planned to have a gun when he was older without revealing that his motivation was to be part of the police force, drew reaction from politicians and civil rights groups, including the NAACP. Now the station is responding, in a statement released to the Maynard Institute by WBBM vice president and news director Jeff Kiernan:

CBS 2 has taken full responsibility for the errors made in a story that aired on our early morning newscast on June 30. The mistake was serious and subject to fair criticism. We recognized that fact immediately — prior to any such external criticism — and pulled the segment from air. That much is clear.

However, we do object to subsequent reports in which we believe we have been falsely portrayed. Read more