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WTTW’s Phil Ponce to Return After Illness

Phil-Ponce-112012-263wChicago PBS affiliate WTTW says anchor Phil Ponce will likely be back on the air Monday after an illness forced him into the hospital for several days. As Robert Feder reports, Ponce was treated for chest pain and a cyst in his liver:

“Phil is grateful for everyone’s good wishes and asks that the public not send cards or letters,” according to a statement from WTTW-Channel 11, where Ponce hosts the flagship nightly news program “Chicago Tonight.” “He emphasizes that he is perfectly fine and is looking forward to getting back to work.”

Ponce, 65, had been “feeling some discomfort” Wednesday before he moderated a live U.S. Senate forum between Democratic incumbent Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, a spokeswoman for the Window to the World Communications station said.

Still feeling pain in his side and chest that radiated to his right shoulder, Ponce called his doctor, who sent him to the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the spokeswoman said. Tests showed a benign cyst in his liver, which was drained.

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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