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After 26 Years Robin Robinson Says Goodbye to WFLD Anchor Chair

After 26 years as anchor at WFLD, Robin Robinson said goodbye to the chair last night at the Chicago FOX owned station.

“I’m leaving the chair after nearly 30 years here at one station with the smartest most engaged audience anywhere and some of the best colleagues in what I consider not just a business, but a service, not making the news, but making it matter to you,” said Robinson during last night’s 9:00 p.m. newscast.

The longtime Chicago anchor is stepping down to work with Mike Flannery as host and primary correspondent on the newly launched series of reports “Chicago at the Tipping Point.”

Robinson began anchoring the evenings at WFLD in 1987 when the station launched its local news.

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Changes at Chicago’s WFLD as Veteran Anchor Robin Robinson Shifts Into New Role

 

WFLD evening anchor Robin Robinson is shifting into a new role at the Chicago Fox O&O, setting off a domino effect of changes to the station’s morning and evening newscasts.

Robinson, who has anchored WFLD’s evening newscast since the station launched local news in 1987, will be the host and principal correspondent for the recently-launched “Chicago at the Tipping Point” series of reports. WFLD’s Mike Flannery will serve as the co-host of the series.

“I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives.”

News of Robinson’s new role comes after days of speculation about her future at the station. Her departure from the anchor desk was first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Replacing Robinson on the evening anchor desk will be Dawn Hasbrouck, who currently anchors the morning newscasts at WFLD alongside Corey McPherrin. Hasbrouck’s first day on the evening newscast will be November 28.

Hasbrouck and McPherrin will be replaced on “Good Day Chicago” by Melody Mendez and Jon Kelly, who are joining the station from Denver and San Francisco, respectively. Mendez comes from KDVR, where she is an anchor and reporter, and Kelly comes from KNTV, where he is co-anchor of the morning newscast. The pair will anchor alongside Natalie Bomke, who joined WFLD last month. Read more

Local Chicago Stations Cover Politics, Protests at NATO Summit

Chicago stations were in overdrive this weekend covering the ongoing NATO Summit, which continues today at McCormick Place.

WFLD‘s Bob Sirrot and Robin Robinson co-anchored an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m. Sunday on the Fox O&O. Political editor Mike Flannery‘s regular Sunday morning newscast was expanded to an hour this weekend.

On NBC O&O WMAQ, weekday anchors Stefan Holt and Daniella Guzman anchored a special 11 a.m. newscast on Sunday. WMAQ also expanded its 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, anchored by Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, to an hour. Read more

WFLD GM Mike Renda: ‘If You Don’t Evolve, You Die’

The May ratings book told a similar story as sweeps past for Chicago’s WFLD: the Fox O&O’s morning show increased viewership while its 9 p.m. newscast continued to struggle.

The challenges facing WFLD are certainly not lost on vice president and general manager Mike Renda, who has been with the station since 2009.

Renda spoke with TVSpy recently about the job status of news director Carol Fowler, how he plans to turn around the 9 p.m. newscast, and what Oprah’s departure means for the market… Read more