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Lauren Jiggetts Upped to Weekend Anchor at WMAQ

Lauren Jiggetts has been promoted to co-anchor of WMAQ‘s weekend newscasts.

Jiggetts joined the Chicago NBC O&O as a general assignment reporter in 2007. She will anchor weekends at 5 and 10 p.m. alongside Dick Johnson, who stepped into the role of weekend anchor in April. Jiggetts will continue to report during the week.

“This promotion is well-deserved.  Over the past five years, Lauren has grown her skills as a reporter for both the morning and evening newscasts on NBC 5,” vice president of news Frank Whittaker said in a statement. “Most recently, she did a superb job covering our local athletes at the London Olympics. I’m delighted we are able to promote from our own ranks.”

Jiggets is the daughter of former Chicago Bears offensive lineman turned broadcaster, Dan Jiggets.

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Lester Holt’s Son Set to Join NBC O&O

Stefan Holt, the son of NBC’s Lester Holt, is returning to the city where he grew up and joining Chicago’s WMAQ, an NBC O&O.

The junior Holt has been a reporter-anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL since 2009. He is set to join WMAQ as a reporter and weekend morning anchor beginning in June.

“We are happy to bring Stefan home,” Frank Whittaker, WMAQ’s station manager and vice president, said in announcing the move. “He spent most of his childhood growing up in Lincoln Park.”

Lester Holt worked in Chicago for 14 years as an anchor for CBS O&O WBBM in the 80s and 90s.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal points out that Stefan is joining other WMAQ staffers with Chicago broadcasting lineage, including Anthony Ponce (the son of Phil Ponce), Lauren Jiggetts (the daughter of Dan Jiggetts), and Christian Farr (the son-in-law of WGN’s Robert Jordan). Read more