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 videos air first on Chicago Tonight, WTTW’s nightly newsmagazine. Then we arrange them into themes for Jay’s Chicago, like “Life’s Work,” “Bucking Tradition” and “Don’t Try and Stop Me.” The two seasons of Jay’s Chicago have included nearly 100 stories. They are all on this website and you can watch some of our favorites here. To keep up with Jay’s new stories for Chicago Tonight, “like” Jay’s Chicago on Facebook.
Jay Shefsky has been at WTTW for more than 27 years. Jay spent many years behind the scenes, creating his 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. 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 life in Chicago. Now, those Chicago Tonight feature stories have their own home on 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.
His wife Liz Feldman and daughters Hannah and Leah are the best part of Jay's Chicago.