For immediate release
Chicago, IL - March 30, 2020
The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered everyday life for Chicagoans as they try to adjust to a new normal. Now more than ever, our communities need fact-based news and trusted information about this developing public health crisis. WTTW News is filling this need with extensive enterprise reporting and coverage about the pandemic and how it affects our local citizens across television, digital and social platforms.
As CHICAGO TONIGHT has become “must-watch viewing to get the latest coronavirus news in Chicago,” WTTW News is reporting on how all aspects of life and industry are being impacted by the crisis – from school closures and needed resources for at-home learning, to the financial impact on the city and state economy and personal livelihoods, to health and safety resources and precautions for residents, to environmental concerns and the ways local businesses and everyday people are stepping up to help. And each night, WTTW News correspondent/producer Paris Schutz reports live from a different Chicago neighborhood – Chinatown, Little India/Devon Avenue, South Shore, and Little Village so far – highlighting challenges in our communities and discussing solutions with neighborhood, city and state leaders.
WTTW’s Coronavirus Hub is continually updated with city, state, and national resources; daily live streams from Governor Pritzker and President Trump; COVID-19 facts and myths; resources for kids and families; and the latest stories and coverage from PBS NewsHour and WTTW News.
“In these uncertain times, trustworthy news is essential to the public,” said Hugo Balta, News Director of WTTW News. “WTTW News is committed to providing reporting that is not only informative, but also reassuring to Chicagoland residents as they cope with the COVID-19 emergency.”
“With our purpose to enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration at the center of all we do, we will deepen our coverage underscoring our commitment to an informed citizenry, original reporting, and fair and balanced television and digital journalism and distribution,” said WTTW President & CEO Sandra Cordova Micek.
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