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Expanded digital coverage, investigative reporting, human interest stories, and community-driven dialogue across WTTW News

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - December 20, 2022

WTTW’s flagship local news series CHICAGO TONIGHT, co-anchored by Brandis Friedman and Paris Schutz, will move to 10:00 pm weeknights beginning January 23, 2023 along with expanded investigative reporting, vivid human interest storytelling, and essential community-driven dialogue across the WTTW News brands – Chicago Tonight (Mondays-Fridays 10:00 pm), Week in Review (Fridays at 7:00 pm), Latino Voices (Saturdays at 6:00 pm), Black Voices (Saturdays at 6:30 pm),, and Community Conversations.

A nonprofit, public media newsroom serving the Chicago region with trusted, independent, ground-up community reporting and outlets for deeper engagement and discourse on regional issues of consequence and concern, WTTW News recently debuted an enhanced experience for Chicago Tonight viewers with new production design and state-of-the-art technology. 

In January, WTTW News will launch comprehensive resources for voters heading into what will be a hotly contested Chicago mayoral election on February 28, 2023. Along with a digital Voter Guide, Chicago Tonight will present candidate forums for fair and balanced discussion across the field of views. 

“There is a need for high-quality local news that takes people in our region deeper into the stories behind the headlines of the day,” said Jay Smith, Executive Producer of Chicago Tonight and News Director for WTTW News. “Our goal is for them to feel they can’t end the day without having read our daily newsletter, visited our website throughout the day, and watched Chicago Tonight at 10 pm.” 

“WTTW News is an essential source for trusted, local, independent news that connects the people and communities in our region,” said WTTW President & CEO Sandra Cordova Micek. “We inform and engage our audience by providing clarity and context around complex issues, serving as a resource for information about the Chicago/Midwest region, and engaging communities through in-depth original reporting.”

WTTW is the PBS member station in Chicago, committed to creating and presenting unique media content across distinct television and digital channels – WTTW, WTTW Prime, WTTW Create, WTTW World, WTTW PBS Kids 24/7, and the PBS/WTTW video app. Recognized for award-winning journalism and local productions – such as Chicago Tonight; Chicago by ‘L’; Chicago Stories; digital-first series FIRSTHAND, Urban Nature and Foodphiles; and national productions Prehistoric Road Trip 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, Instagram and YouTube.


The Chicago Tonight set design and technology are made possible by Alexandra and John Nichols. Studio facility and infrastructure are provided by The Crown Family. Studio control and audio suite are provided by The Grainger Foundation. Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT is provided by Alexandra and John Nichols, the Jim and Kay Mabie Family, and the Polk Bros. Foundation. Major support is provided by Ann and Rich Carr, the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Julius N. Frankel Foundation, and The William F. O’Connor Foundation. Additional support is provided by Joel M. Friedman, President, Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, The Bossert Family Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, The Dauntless Charitable Fund, The Howard S. Dubin Family Foundation, and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Additional thanks to the supporters of the WTTW Fund for Independent News. Closed captioning is provided by Clifford Law Offices.