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Traffic/Breaking News Anchor, WLS-TV

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10083477 Location Chicago, Illinois, United States Business Disney Entertainment Television Date posted Mar. 18, 2024

Job Summary:

ABC7/WLS, the ABC-Owned Television station in Chicago, IL has an opening for a traffic/breaking news anchor who will join the ABC 7 morning news team.  The ideal candidate will be a smart, dedicated, dynamic journalist familiar with the Chicago area who possesses superior presentation skills, the ability to multi-task and who thrives in a fast-paced, deadline environment.  They should also be a team player and inclusive storyteller.


  • Gather and report the latest traffic and transit information during the station’s M-F morning newscasts
  • Prepare traffic graphics for presentation
  • Own transportation beat, developing sources and enterprising transportation stories
  • May present breaking news during morning daypart on linear and digital newscasts
  • Report on other topics as determined by news management
  • Connect with the community through various public appearances approved by station management

Basic Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Chicago-area roadways, transit lines and traffic patterns
  • Superior on-camera presentation skills
  • At least 5 years’ experience anchoring/reporting in top 50 market
  • Excellent writing and interviewing skills, solid news judgment and ethical decision-making skills
  • Ability to organize developing information for presentation
  • Ability to use social media for promotion and news gathering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Total Traffic graphics system
  • Knowledge of and ability to shoot and edit video

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; journalism degree preferred

Additional Information:

This role is represented by SAG-AFTRA.  It is an on-site role, which means the employee will work from a Company-designated location on an on-going basis.

About Disney Entertainment Television:

Disney Entertainment Television is a collection of renowned content brands at The Walt Disney Company creating original entertainment and news programming for the company’s streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu and Star, and its broadcast and cable networks. Its extensive portfolio is comprised of ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Owned Television Stations, Disney Branded Television, Freeform, FX, Hulu Originals, National Geographic Content and Onyx Collective, in addition to Disney Television Studios, which include 20th Television, 20th Television Animation, ABC Signature and Walt Disney Television Alternative. Responsible for over 4,500 hours of programming a year across more than 300 programs of all genres, Disney Entertainment Television’s creative brands are at the forefront of groundbreaking storytelling, captivating audiences and generating critical acclaim. In 2023, Disney Entertainment Television’s programming excellence earned 163 Emmy® nominations across daytime, primetime, news & documentary, and children’s & family categories.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with WLS Television, Inc., which is part of a business we call Disney Entertainment Television.

WLS Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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