Jay Shefsky gets caught up in other people’s enthusiasm. Whether they love ice fishing or are passionate about improving the lives of neighborhood kids, Jay wants to hear – and tell – their stories. These stories premiere first on Chicago Tonight. On this site, the stories are arranged by themes for Jay’s Chicago – like “Overcoming Obstacles,” “Behind the Scenes,” and “On the Water.” The three seasons of Jay’s Chicago have included nearly 140 stories. And many more will be added to this website each week. To keep up with Jay’s new stories for Chicago Tonight, “like” Jay’s Chicago on Facebook.
In March, Jay Shefsky will mark 30 years at WTTW. He learned his craft working primarily with longtime Chicago journalist Len Aronson and then spent many years creating his own unique brand of award-winning human interest documentaries. Angels Too Soon told the story of the tragic 1959 fire at Our Lady of Angels School and won a Regional Emmy Award. A Justice That Heals was about an Evanston murder and the remarkable reconciliation between the murderer and the victim’s mother. Others looked at Hospice Care, Public Housing, Leopold and Loeb, and Richard Nickel. As Series Producer of Chicago Stories with John Callaway, Jay oversaw the production of 15 historical documentaries about Chicago.
In 2005, Jay joined the staff of Chicago Tonight and then stepped in front of the camera to tell stories about everyday people in Chicago. In 2010, those stories found a new audience with the creation of Jay’s Chicago.
Jay's work has been honored with numerous awards, including Emmys, Peter Lisagor journalism awards, and a Cine Golden Eagle. His work has been broadcast nationally on PBS and on the ABCNEWS Nightline program.
Jay is an avid cyclist, hiker and paddler. His wife Liz Feldman and daughters Hannah and Leah are the best part of Jay's Chicago.