Oct 23, 2023 - News

The next generation of Chicago news talent to watch

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Chicago's dean of weather Tom Skilling recently announced that he's hanging up his microphone early next year.

Why it matters: Skilling — who won over the hearts of the city and the nation over his 45 years at WGN-TV — joins the ranks of several local news veterans who've recently retired.

The big picture: The parting of ABC 7 anchor Alan Krashesky, NBC 5's Rob Stafford, Fox 32's Corey McPherrin, ABC 7 sports anchor Jim Rose and soon Skilling leaves gaps in the third-largest news market in the country.

  • These personalities will be replaced with younger broadcast journalists, hungry to make their mark.

What they're saying: "I look for great storytellers," NBC 5/Telemundo Chicago's SVP of News Sally Ramirez tells Axios.

  • "We are journalists, but we are also Chicagoans. We all care deeply about making our city a better place."

Here are five newcomers to Chicago news who may be the next big name on a Kennedy billboard.

Anchor: JC Navarrete

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JC Navarrete. Photo: Courtesy of NBC 5

NBC 5 has a formidable duo helming the 10pm news desk in Allison Rosati and Stefan Holt. They also have a deep bench of newcomers, including morning co-anchor JC Navarrete.

  • Navarrete joined the station in 2022 after spending six years in El Paso.

One more to watch: Fox 32's Dawn Hasbrouck isn't exactly a newcomer, since she's been anchoring for a decade. Yet, the Chicago native is still a fresh face for the station's 9pm newscast.

Reporter: Marybel Gonzalez

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Marybel Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of CBS 2 Chicago

Marybel Gonzalez made a smooth transition from Telemundo, where she was a bilingual reporter along the southern U.S. border, to CBS 2's go-to for top stories. She came to Chicago last year.

One more to watch: Cate Cauguiran shines alongside the top-notch reporting team for the highly rated ABC 7 newscast.

Investigative reporter: Samantha Chatman

Samantha Chatman. Photo courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

ABC 7's Samantha Chatman is the newest face for the vaunted "I-Team" helmed by longtime reporter Chuck Goudie. Chatman has anchored mornings for the station, but she is turning heads with her consumer reports and investigations in the 10pm newscast.

  • It helps that Chatman grew up in Chicago, attending Lincoln Park High School.

Meteorologist: Demetrius Ivory

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Demetrius Ivory. Photo: Courtesy of WGN-TV

The suits at WGN-TV would be smart to promote Demetrius Ivory to take Skilling's spot, which already seems to be in the works. He's not a new face, working at the station for 10 years, but most of that has been weekdays and weekends.

Sports: Leila Rahimi

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Leila Rahimi. Photo: Courtesy of NBC 5

NBC 5's Leila Rahimi has cemented herself as the lead sports anchor for the 10pm newscast, although you do see others from time to time.

  • Rahimi was most recently co-hosting at "The Score," where she still makes regular appearances. Before that, she hosted shows at NBC Sports Chicago. She moved here in 2015.

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