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Chicago Mayor Institutes No Handcuffing Policy for Reporters, Following Incident with WGN’s Dan Ponce

Following an incident in which Chicago police handcuffed WGN reporter Dan Ponce, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this week that he doesn’t “believe in handcuffing reporters.”

“Whether I like what you write or whether I like what you report, you have an essential role in telling the truth,” Emanuel said to a group of reporters on Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “I want to say this: You won’t be handcuffed. That I can assure you today.”

A little over a week ago, Ponce and WMAQ photographer Donte Williams were handcuffed outside of a hospital as they attempted to report on the murder of a six-year-old girl.  Police detained the pair while they were situated on a median in a street alongside the hospital. Read more

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Bill Kurtis, Tom Skilling Reflect as Chicago Newsers Gather at Broadcast Museum

WMAQ's Paula Faris and Dick Johnson attend the gala opening of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Chicago’s TV news anchors and reporters were out in force for a sneak preview open house at the city’s new Museum of Broadcast Communications Thursday night. Joined by Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Museum President Bruce DuMont, the event officially marks the end of major construction of the 62,000 square foot, stand-alone facility.

Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Dave Garroway, Paul Harvey - the broadcast history of this city is just amazing,”  legendary WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling tells TVSpy. “We really have a story to tell here.  I think [the museum] is going to be of great interest. Bringing together the stories of these amazing broadcasters who have influenced broadcasting on a national scale is well worth telling.”

Local journos on hand included WBBM’s Bill Kurtis and Rob Johnson, former WBBMer Donna LaPietra, WMAQ’s Dick Johnson and Paula Faris, WLS’s Valerie Warner, former WLSer Andy Shaw, and former WMAQer Chet Coppock.

Mayor Emanuel noted that the museum is fitting for a city that hosted the nation’s first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

Party attendees got a glimpse at historic TV artifacts, including one of the cameras used during the JFK-Nixon matchup, an original Charlie McCarthy puppet, and the doorway that Oprah

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Terminates City Credit Cards Following WFLD Investigation

New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has terminated a credit card program for city employees after WFLD found that government workers were using their cards to pay for expensive meals, stays in lavish hotels, and even traffic tickets (video above).

“A spokesman for the mayor says it was while responding to our request that they found troubling abuses,” the Fox O&O stated.

In a memo to government officials, Emanuel writes that he has “learned that government employees have used those cards to pay for expenses such as dinners at expensive restaurants, gift cards, flowers, and, disturbingly, city-issued red light tickets. This is completely unacceptable to me and I am troubled by the disrespect this shows for the hard-earned dollars taxpayers give the City of Chicago.”

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