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WTTW News Director Jay Smith on the Chicago Tonight set

A Q&A with WTTW News Director Jay Smith as Changes Come to 'Chicago Tonight'

Julia Maish

As Chicago Tonight prepares to move to 10:00 pm weeknights beginning January 23, we sat down in WTTW’s Crown Studio with news director Jay Smith to talk about the local news business and plans for Chicago Tonight and WTTW News.
Paris Schutz and Brandis Friedman

WTTW News Debuts a New Experience for Viewers


The Emmy award-winning, flagship nightly news program Chicago Tonight is about to look very different.

Brandis Friedman hosting 'Chicago Tonight: Black Voices'

WTTW Has a New Weekend News Lineup

Daniel Hautzinger

Beginning Saturday, September 25, WTTW will have a new weekend news lineup.
Joanna Hernandez on the set of 'Chicago Tonight'

A Chicago Native Returns Home to Become the Newest WTTW News Reporter

Daniel Hautzinger

Joanna Hernandez spent the past five years as a journalist in New York City, but she has always wanted to return to Chicago to tell the stories of her native city. "I’ve talked about it since day one,” she says. 
A protest at San Francisco State University in 1968

A 2020 Round-Up with WTTW

Tim Russell

To make sense of this remarkable year, WTTW sought to address some of the most important issues of our time with our content, while educating and entertaining children and families. Our Vice President of Community Engagement shares some of his favorites.
Protesters confront a line of police officers at State and 35th streets, about 3 miles south of the Loop, where police set up a blockade. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

How WTTW News Tried to Make Sense of 2020

Julia Maish

2020 has been a year unlike any other in memory, with a worldwide pandemic, a recession, racial reckoning, and a presidential election. As COVID-19 turned life upside down, Chicagoans were left with more questions than answers, and WTTW News had to innovate as they tried to provide them.
FIRSTHAND: Coronavirus’s producer and director Pat Odom and director of photography Kimmer Olesak interview sanitation worker Sammy Dattulo. Photo: Liam Alexander/WTTW

"I've Never Covered a More Important Story": Journalism During COVID-19

Daniel Hautzinger

"I've never covered a more important story in my career," says the producer of the new Frontline: Coronavirus Pandemic. But how are journalists and broadcasters working now, when most people are confined at home? Frontline, WTTW News, and WTTW's FIRSTHAND discuss.
Heather Cherone on 'The Week in Review'

WTTW News Has a New Digital Reporter Covering Politics

Daniel Hautzinger

Heather Cherone first appeared on WTTW as a high school senior and editor of her school newspaper. Now the veteran of The Daily Line and DNAinfo Chicago is joining WTTW News as a digital reporter covering City Hall.
Hugo Balta

Window To The World Communications, Inc. Names Hugo Balta as News Director, WTTW News

Daniel Hautzinger

Window To The World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), parent of WTTW and WFMT, announced today that Hugo Balta has joined the organization as News Director for WTTW News effective February 3, 2020.
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