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WGN Adds An Hour to Evening News and A Morning News Anchor

duarte wgnWGN, the Tribune owned Chicago CW affiliate, will begin its evening newscast at 4:00 p.m. starting September 8.

Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre will be joined by chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and traffic reporter Sarah Jindra for the 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. show.

“By expanding our evening news we will better serve our viewers,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons, said in a statement.

WGN also added Lourdes Duarte (pictured) as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News alongside Dan Ponce from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. The station said the move will allow traffic reporter Erin McElroy more time to focus on traffic and breaking news.

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WGN to Add 4 p.m. Newscast in September

wgn-logoWGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, is adding a 4 p.m. newscast this fall, Robert Feder reports:

Greg Easterly, president and general manager of the Tribune Broadcasting station, told staffers Wednesday the expansion would reinforce the brand of “Chicago’s Very Own.” “We have plenty of decisions and brainstorming in front of us . . . but I thought you all would like to know where we are headed,” he wrote in a memo. “It’s clear WGN has a unique place in the market and a true connection to Chicago — let’s build on it.”

No decision has been made on a talent lineup for the new 4 p.m. newscast, but insiders said it’s likely that news anchors Mark Suppelsa and Lourdes Duarte and chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, who currently front WGN’s 5 p.m. news hour, will be involved. There also may be a role for Micah Materre, who co-anchors at 9 p.m. with Suppelsa.

WGN Anchor Mark Suppelsa Returns From Rehab

After a month in alcohol rehab, Mark Suppelsa will return to the WGN anchor desk at 5 and 9 p.m. tonight, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

In early May, Suppelsa announced publicly that he would seek treatment for alcohol addiction, saying in a statement he had “felt for some time that this would become necessary.”

“Somebody who people expect to be there fairly regularly doesn’t go away for 35 days without their having a right to know what happened,” Suppelsa told Feder. “And on a selfish basis, it’s one of those things where I’d rather everybody have an idea of what I’m really doing than trying to guess and guess wrong.” 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.

WGN Anchor Mark Suppelsa Will Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Mark Suppelsa, the 5 and 9 p.m. anchor at WGN, has announced that he will take a month off from the Chicago CW-affiliate to be treated for alcohol addiction. Suppelsa shared the news with WGN staffers in a note on Friday:

I’m driving soon with my family to Hazelden in Minnesota where they’ll drop me off for a month long alcohol recovery program. I have felt for some time that this would become necessary and I’ve now crossed a bridge in my life where I want and need to do this. It’s my choice. No one is forcing me to do it.

Simply put, I have been abusing alcohol at the end of my work day as my family slept. It was my secret and I became very accomplished at hiding it. I do my best to function at a high level and I know that it is my responsibility to correct anything that potentially interferes with my family or my work. Read more