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Little Girl Caught Dancing on WMAQ: ‘I Wanted to Be on TV Because I’ve Never Been on TV’

The little girl who danced into the background of Mary Ann Ahern‘s WMAQ live shot says she just wanted to be on television.

“I wanted to be on TV ’cause I’ve never been on TV,” Janiyah Rush told DNA Info this week. The viral video star said she hopes to be a singer, dancer and doctor when she grows up, noting her dancing is inspired by her family and the song “Single Ladies.”

“Diana Ross had the Supremes, Gladys Knight had the Pips, I’ve got my own backup dancer!” Ahern tweeted after video of the June report (watch above) went viral.

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WMAQ’s Mary Ann Ahern Wins Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award

WMAQ political reporter Mary Ann Ahern will receive the Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award next month, according to Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder.

Ahern joined the Chicago NBC O&O in 1989 and has been the station’s lead political reporter since 2006. In addition to being recognized for her political reporting, she was the first Chicago television reporter to file reports from Rome on the death of Pope John Paul II, according to her WMAQ bio.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 4.

WMAQ Turns Political Blog Into Weekly Show

Chicago’s WMAQ is turning Ward Room, the station’s popular political blog, into a weekly show.

The program will be hosted by political editor Carol Marin (pictured) and political reporter Mary Ann Ahern. It will air on Friday nights at 7pm on a digital subchannel of the NBC O&O.

WMAQ station manager and vice president of news Frank Whittaker called Ward Room a “destination blog” for political news.

“Expanding the Ward Room brand to a weekly show is a natural evolution, especially as we are headed into a presidential election year,” he said in a statement.

Veteran WMAQ Reporter Accuses Rahm Emanuel of Retaliating Against Local Media

Veteran Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern is accusing recently elected mayor Rahm Emanuel of stonewalling members of the local media in retaliation for bad press.

“I’ve learned the new-and-improved Rahm has a way to punish the press when they report on stories he doesn’t like,” Ahern writes in a post on WMAQ‘s Ward Room political blog. “He cuts off access.”

In the above video, Ahern, who has been with WMAQ since 1989, can be seen chasing after Emanuel following a curt press conference on Friday, trying to get him to answer a question. “Is this how we have to talk to you,” Ahern asks him, “shouting down the hallway?” Read more

As ‘Morning Joe’ Broadcasts From Chicago, WMAQ Brings Viewers an Inside Look

When political reporter Mary Ann Ahern, of NBC’s Chicago O&O WMAQ, learned that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was going to broadcast live from the Windy City today, she jumped at the chance to cover it.

“Once we heard that Senator [Dick] Durbin, David Axelrod, and of course Oprah, were going to be here, we thought, one of us has to be here,” Ahern told TVSpy at Chicago’s RL Restaurant, the site of the “Morning Joe” broadcast and from where Ahern did live shots for the NBC5 morning show.

Ahern shares political reporting duties with colleague Carol Marin, and the two discussed who would cover today’s visit by MSNBC’s Joe and Mika. “We talked about it, and we have a good relationship of kind of trading off of what stories are going on, and I said, ‘I’ll take this one, if you don’t mind!’”