For immediate release
Chicago, IL - July 2, 2019
WTTW News today announced that ANGEL IDOWU will join the staff of Chicago Tonight as the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent, effective July 15.
Idowu comes to WTTW from WJTV12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi, where she served as a reporter/producer – conducting interviews; writing, shooting, and editing stories; and reporting breaking local news. Prior to that, she served as a Digital Correspondent for Pretoria News, South Africa, and as a Capitol Hill reporter for Medill News Service in Washington, DC.
In her new role with WTTW News, Idowu will apply her skill as an innovative storyteller to the reporting and production of Chicago Tonight’s on-air and digital content, covering the gamut of Chicago’s rich and diverse arts scene.
“We are delighted to welcome Angel to our team,” said Mary Field, Executive Producer of Chicago Tonight. “Having a reporter covering Arts full-time is an important addition to the staff, and Angel’s energy, enthusiasm, and creative ideas will be great assets to our program.”
"To say I am excited to return to my hometown to cover the arts world is an understatement,” said Idowu. “I spent my childhood immersed in all the Chicago’s arts scene has to offer, whether it be dancing at the Joffrey Ballet, musical theater at Mother McAuley, or writing for the Chicago Tribune’s “The Mash.” In between assignments and rehearsals, I spent all the time I could exploring Chicago’s hidden treasures. Every neighborhood tells stories that most have to travel the world to hear."
“The JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation is thrilled to make possible this major expansion of WTTW’s arts coverage,” said Dave McGowan, DuPage Foundation President & CEO. “We know audiences will enjoy Angel’s unique contributions to Chicago Tonight, and we look forward to enhancing our community’s continued appreciation for the arts.”
Idowu is a graduate of Beloit College and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.
About the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation
The JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation supports instrumental music, cultural, health, educational, artistic, and other charitable organizations serving the needs of residents of DuPage County, Illinois. As DuPage County’s philanthropic leader, the DuPage Foundation helps individuals and organizations realize their charitable goals while raising the quality of life for our community. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to more than $95 million in charitable assets and has awarded nearly $45 million in grants to not-for-profits serving our community and beyond. Connect with the DuPage Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
About CHICAGO TONIGHT
WTTW’s flagship nightly newsmagazine Chicago Tonight celebrated 35 years on the air in April 2019. Airing at 7:00 pm weeknights on WTTW11 and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and online at wttw.com/news. 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 website presents original reporting, extensive video, a comprehensive archive of Chicago stories and other special features. Audiences can connect with Chicago Tonight on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
WTTW is the PBS member station in Chicago, committed to creating and presenting unique media content across distinct television and digital channels – WTTW11, WTTW Prime, WTTW Create/WTTW World, WTTW PBS Kids 24/7, wttw.com and the PBS/WTTW video app. Recognized for award-winning journalism and local productions such as Chicago Tonight, Chicago River Tour, Check, Please!, digital-first series Urban Nature and Foodphiles and national productions 10 That Changed America and Nature Cat, WTTW presents the very best in public affairs, arts and culture, nature and science, history and documentary, and children’s public media content. Connect with WTTW on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.