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WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to Host Mayor Rahm Emanuel

for regular appearances on the nightly newsmagazine beginning Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm on WTTW11 and on

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - May 12, 2015

WTTW, the Midwest’s premier public television station, announces that its award-winning nightly newsmagazine Chicago Tonight will welcome Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a series of in-depth conversations, to occur every 4-6 weeks. Dates and interviewers will vary, and topics to be covered will be determined on a timely basis.

Chicago Tonight’s political reporter Paris Schutz will conduct the first interview on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm on WTTW11, and on In this first installment in the series, Schutz will ask the Mayor about last week’s Illinois Supreme Court ruling on pension reform, and also get the latest on the Obama Presidential Library coming to Chicago.

“Our interviews with Mayor Emanuel will be of sufficient length to get beyond sound bites, to help our audiences better understand the difficult issues facing our city,” said Mary Field, Executive Producer of Chicago Tonight. “We think this is an important service we can offer our viewers, particularly in a critical time when the Mayor is being forced to make some painful choices that will affect the lives of many citizens,” she added.

Audiences can find daily content on the political scene in the Chicago area on Chicago Tonight’s Politics website.

About WTTW
WTTW, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015, is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique television and digital media content across four distinct television channels – WTTW11, WTTW Prime, the Spanish-language channel WTTW Vme, and WTTW Create/WTTW WORLD, and on Recognized for award-winning local and national productions such as Chicago Tonight, Check, Please!, and MEXICO – One Plate at a Time, WTTW presents the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children’s programming to almost 2 million weekly viewers across a four state area. Visitors to can connect with others in the community and access a full library of local and national video content for kids and adults, interactive features, event and membership opportunities, and robust microsites dedicated to WTTW and PBS series and specials. Follow WTTW on Facebook and Twitter.

About Chicago Tonight
WTTW’s flagship nightly newsmagazine Chicago Tonight marked 30 years on the air in 2014. Airing weeknights at 7:00 pm, the award-winning series hosted by Phil Ponce covers Chicago stories in politics, arts, science and technology, health, business, architecture, education, history, and more. The program’s website includes original reporting, extensive video, a comprehensive segment archive, blogs, and special features. Connect with Chicago Tonight on Facebook.