Columnist points out African-American absence on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”

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WTTW-Channel 11 in Chicago doesn’t have one African American reporter or anchor on staff, writes longtime Chicago media columnist Robert Feder on the WBEZ/Vocalo blog, noting the situation “seems like a throwback to some other era.” Chicago Tonight, the station’s public affairs program, has four white and two Hispanic staffers, he says. A WTTW spokesperson told Feder, “Because we reflect Chicago and we’re so Chicago focused, we know we’ve got to have African American talent. . . . It’s very front of our minds.” However, “given the station’s financial straits,” Feder notes, “it’s not likely to happen any time soon.”

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