Thursday, December 6, 2007

Vote For The Hottest News Babe in Chicago

The windy city, Chicago, one of my favorite cities. Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan, cheesecake, the architecture. One of my good friends is from Chicago and is cousins with Antwaan Randel El. Anyways, I digress. One of my favorite local hot news anchors is from Chicago, Cheryl Burton. She probably had the chance to go to one of the big box networks a long time ago, but Cheryl is Chicago, through and through. If you don't see your favorite hottie Chicago news babe, feel free to email me at anchorbabes@gmail.com so I can add it.

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Anna Davlantes (NBC5)
Anna Davlantes is co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts. Davlantes, a Chicago native, came to NBC5 News from KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas, where she was the primary anchor for the Fox-owned station.

She has also worked at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, WXIN-TV in Indianapolis and WTTW in Chicago.

Davlantes grew up in Rogers Park and attended Chicago Public Schools, including Walt Disney Magnet School and Lane Technical High School, where in 2003 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Davlantes received the Prestigious Ethics Award in Journalism from The Chicago Headline Club. She was cited for courage and professionalism in reporting a story about a sports facility acquired through alleged mob involvement.

In the same year, Davlantes was awarded a regional Emmy Award for a feature story shot underwater at the Shedd Aquarium called "Swimming With Sharks." It was the first underwater live shot of a primetime reporter known.

In May 2003, Davlantes broke the Glenbrook North girl's hazing story by obtaining the first videotape of the powder puff hazing event -- a story that made headlines worldwide and prompted school district reforms. She also received a headliner award for a story on an exotic animal refuge.

Davlantes also received a regional Emmy for anchoring breaking news coverage including the Hancock scaffolding collapse and was nominated for a national Emmy for the same event.

Davlantes studied under scholarship at Oxford University in England and graduated from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Davlantes is very active in the community and regularly volunteers in the Chicago Public Schools. She is also a member of The Council of 100 Women, a mentoring and leadership group at Northwestern University.

Allison Rosati (NBC5)
Allison Rosati is the co-anchor in NBC5 News' award-winning news team at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays. She also co-anchors the 10 p.m. news Sunday nights. Illinois Broadcasters Association named Rosati and Warner Saunders best anchor team in 2004. Rosati joined the NBC 5 family as an anchor and reporter in August 1990.

Viewers first got to know Rosati on "First Thing in the Morning." Five years later she enjoyed anchoring the early evening news. And in May 1997 Rosati was promoted to co-anchor of NBC 5's 10 p.m. newscast. In addition, Rosati also co-anchors the station's weekday 6 p.m. newscast, does a weekly segment called Wednesday’s Child and special reports.

Prior to joining NBC 5, Rosati anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York. Joining the staff there in July, 1987 Rosati also did general assignment reporting.

Originally from Pine City, Minn., Rosati started her career in Rochester, Minn. in 1985. KTTC-TV hired her as a general assignment reporter and in less than a year, promoted Rosati to producer and co-anchor of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Committed to community service, Rosati volunteers her time for many Chicago-area organizations. Whether it's the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Infant Welfare Society, the Ronald McDonald House, or the March of Dimes, Rosati enjoys giving back whenever possible. Over the years she has also helped the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, from sitting on the board of directors to helping with events to raise awareness.

Rosati has received numerous awards for her work including a National Emmy for the "Survive Alive" Station Project and Fire Prevention special. In 2004 she received the Humanitarian Of The Year award from the Italian American Police Association, who also named her Woman Of The Year in 2001. In December of 2002, Allison Rosati received the Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Excellence Award from HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. She also received an Excellence in Communications Award from the Justinian Society of Chicago, and the David Award for "Achievement in Broadcasting" and in May of 2001, she received the prestigious Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans -- an annual award to journalists who are "not timid friends to truth." In 2000, she was honored with a Chicago Emmy Award for her role as host in “NBC 5 Presents: Millennium 2000.”

Though Rosati grew up in Minnesota, she was born in Dover, Del., while her father was stationed in the Air Force.

In 1985, Rosati graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in speech and communications and received cum laude honors. Gustavus has honored Rosati with it's First Decade Award and its Distinguished Alumni award for her achievements in journalism.

Rosati and her husband have four children.

Jackie Bange (WGN)
Jackie Bange joined the WGN-TV News staff in August of 1993 as a per diem reporter. In January of 1994, she became a full-time general assignment reporter and was quickly promoted to Weekend Anchor on the WGN News at Nine. Bange also anchored the WGN Morning Show from January 1995 to October 1995.

In 1998, Bange won a Regional Emmy and two AP awards for WGN-TV's coverage and her participation in the World Record Skydive.

Traveling for WGN-TV, Bange has reported in Africa and has written feature stories in Paris, France. Bange also won 1st place in the Illinois Associated Press award: Best Hard News Feature titled "Into the Darkness." It was a story profiling two local pilots and their crew who were the first to arrive in New Orleans and help rescue hundreds of stranded residents. We recreated their night rescues with the help of night vision goggles.

Prior to her arrival, Bange was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Bange also served as a reporter and noon anchor for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bange received her post-baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida where she graduated with distinction. Bange's undergraduate degree was from Florida State University in Management Information Systems.

Bange also enjoys skydiving in her free time.

Marion Brooks (NBC5)
Marion Brooks is co-anchor of the NBC5 News 4:30 p.m. weekdays alongside Bob Sirott, and reports for the 10 p.m. newscast.

She is also been a regular contributor to WVON's Cliff Kelly Show.

Brooks joined NBC5 in 1998 as a weekend anchor from Atlanta, Ga., where she also served as an anchor/reporter. Her career has spanned over several regions and market sizes in the country. Beginning at the Sarasota Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., Brooks learned the advertising side of journalism in a management training program for the New York Times Newspaper Group.

Her first job in broadcasting was in radio at WGST, a news talk station in Atlanta, in the entry level type of job that exposed her to the long hours, hard work, and adrenaline rushes of newsgathering. She credits this experience with solidifying her desire to work as a journalist.

Her first television job took her to one of the poorest regions in the country, the Mississippi Delta. From there her career wound through markets around the country with stops in Jacksonville, Fla., St. Louis, Mo., Atlanta, Ga., and Chicago.

She's covered everything from major natural disasters to politics, crime and courts to health, consumer issues to two Olympic games, and much in between.

As an anchor, she's as comfortable anchoring from the field as from the set and has been at the helm during breaking news coverage for several hours, both with a co-anchor and on her own.

Community outreach is a principle part of her work at NBC5 and Brooks has emceed some of the most important events in Chicago. They include functions for the Urban League of Chicago, Rainbow PUSH, N'Digo Magapaper, Black Creativity, Midtown Educational Foundation, The American Heart Association and the Make A Wish Foundation, to name a few.

Brooks has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Spelman College and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

She is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, and was raised in Portland, Ore. Brooks is married to attorney Ruye Hawkins and has two beautiful daughters, Brooks and Sydney.

Cheryl Burton (ABC7)
Cheryl Burton (born December 25, 1962) is a news anchor in Chicago who currently is the 5 and contributing anchor at 10PM on WLS-TV. She previously worked at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois and WGN-TV in Chicago from 1989-1990. Ms. Burton first joined ABC 7 in November of 1992 as weekend co-anchor/reporter. She served in this position until 2002 when she was promoted to 5pm weekday co-anchor and 10pm contributing anchor with Ron Magers and Kathy Brock.

A graduate of Chicago's Robert Lindblom High School, Cheryl was the first alumnus to be inducted into the school's hall of fame in April, 2007. She also was a Honey Bear, the now defunct cheerleader squad of the NFL Chicago Bears professional football team. She was married for a time to ABC 7 sports anchor Jim Rose.

Lauren Cohn (FOX)
Lauren Cohn is co-anchor of "The Ten" on Fox News Chicago.
Emmy nominated Anchor and Reporter, she previously worked at NBC10 in Philadelphia. But, prior to moving to the east coast, Lauren spent 10 years as a Morning Anchor and Reporter at Chicago stations ABC7, CBS2, and FoxNews Chicago. She is happy to be back in her favorite city.

Lauren began her career in 1987 in her hometown New York City where she worked behind the scenes for three years at WABC-TV, ABC News, and WPIX-TV. In 1990 she moved to Fresno California for her first full time reporting job at CBS affiliate KJEO-TV. From there she became the Anchor of Good Morning Cleveland at the ABC Affiliate WEWS-TV.
Lauren moved to Chicago in 1993.

Lauren has covered all types of stories from spot news, investigative reporting, features, health and medical, entertainment, consumer, and educational series. She has reported on local, national and international events including the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and shot a travel show in Bali, Indonesia that aired on the Fine Living Channel.

Educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science, minor in journalism from New York University.

Lauren is into health and fitness and spends time raising awareness about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. She is also active in numerous charities that help fight cancer, Aids, smoking, spinal cord injury and others.

Kathy Brock (ABC7)
Kathy Brock (born July 24, 1959) co-anchors the WLS-TV, ABC 7 News at 6 and 10 p.m., the top rated newscast in Chicago. Brock's contributions at 10 p.m. play a significant role in the newscast's enormous success; it is the most watched newscast in the market. Brock joined ABC 7 in September 1990 as the co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and as a general assignment reporter for the daily newscasts. She was promoted to co-anchor of the 6 p.m. news in 1993 becoming the first co-anchor with Floyd Kalber and the 10 p.m. newscast in 2003 after Diann Burns left the station. She currently co-anchors her ABC 7 News at 6 with Alan Krashesky and ABC 7 News at 10 with Ron Magers. She is a 1981 Graduate of Washington State University and a native of Pasco, Washington. Brock's sister, Kerry, anchored the news at KOMO in Seattle for a brief time and is married to former NBC anchorman John Seigenthaler.

Allison Payne (WGN)
Allison Payne is the co-anchor of WGN News at Nine in Chicago, a position she's held since she started with the station in 1990. During her tenure with WGN, Payne has won numerous awards including seven emmys for reporting. When asked about the hilights of her career Payne always points to the international reporting she's done. Payne was the first Chicago broadcaster to travel to Kenya to report on the African roots of Senator Barack Obama. In 2006, she travelled to the Middle East with the Reverend Jesse Jackson to report on tensions between Lebanon, Israel, and Syria. Payne paid her own fare for these journies because she believes strongly that "getting from behind the desk and out into the world" makes her a better anchor. "To me travel is the best education," says Payne. "I feel much better reading stories on Africa and the Middle East now that I have been there."

Payne was born in Richmond, Virginia to Dana and Kathryn Payne. At age five, her parents moved north to Detroit, Michigan where Payne attended Catholic grade school. She is a graduate of Renaissance High School in Detroit and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Detroit Mercy. Payne attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio for her Masters Degree in Radio/TV/Film.

Payne's first job in tv news was at WNWO TV in Toledo, Ohio where she started as an intern and within months was the main anchor of the station's late news. From there Payne moved to WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Michigan as the co-anchor of the 6 and 11 o'clock newscast. Within two years, Payne got word that Chicago was calling.

"Growing up in Detroit, I knew Chicago was the mecca of the Midwest. I couldn't believe WGN was interested in me. I was so young and still so inexperienced." But without even a tryout, then news director, Paul Davis, offered Payne the job. "I figured if I lasted three months here I would consider myself a success. And here I am seventeen years later!" Payne says she couldn't have done it without her professionally unselfish and supportive co-anchor, Steve Sanders. "He's a real delight and a true Southern gentleman."

Payne also credits Gloria Brown, producer of the station's weekly community affairs program, People to People. ""Gloria has been a rock for me at 'GN. Whenever I get tired, Gloria is there to inspire me." Payne credits Brown for helping her land an interview with former president Bill Clinton on his last trip to Chicago as president. Together, Payne and Brown have covered several special events including the funeral of Coretta Scott King in Atlanta.

Payne's goal now is to reach back and help as many young people as she can achieve their goals. "I love working with interns. They become like my own kids to me." Payne recently teamed up with Jaqueline Jackson, Jr on a state program that helps teenage parents get their GED. This is where the blessing is for me. If I can help or inspire just one of these young people, I will feel blessed.

Kim Vatis (NBC5)
Kim Vatis joined NBC5 News as a general assignment reporter in November 1997.

Prior to joining NBC5, Vatis was a weekend morning anchor and fill-in weekday evening anchor for WCPX-TV in Orlando, Fla.

From 1990-1995, Vatis anchored the top-rated weekday 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Since Vatis' broadcasting debut in 1985, she has spent time anchoring and reporting at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine and at WCJB-TV and WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Fla.

*All biographies from their respective employer websites.

10 comments:

Kentucky Tim said...

I think Allison Payne is the most beautiful looking person on TV. I think she is sexy,classy,and very articulate. I would like to take her out to dinner. TC Evanston.

Anchor Man said...

She certainly is hot. And she leads the voting so far...

Johann said...

You're missing some of the hottest news babes: Ginger Zee and Zorida Sambolin (Channel 5). But, I think the Spanish channels take the cake.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen Marion Brooks? her Boobs are HUGE! all of the girls on NBC5 are Babes

Anonymous said...

jackie bange the hottest! can't wait till weekend news. go jackie

Anonymous said...

i would bang the hell out of jackie bange. what a fuck that would be!

Anonymous said...

Tracy Butler is a hot little weather girl on ABC

Anonymous said...

Tracy and Alison Rosati are both 45 yo milf's. Alison is a bit taller and maybe a bit chunkier, but both make me feel a chubby I'd love them to take care of.

Jim said...

Jan jeffcoat fox is gorgeous she tops them all.

dmm7888 said...

marion brooks, thanks for bringing summer back cause you are hot!!!!:D

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