Robert H. Jordan, Jr., the consummate media professional, is a weekend anchor for WGN-TV's News at Nine; he also produces, writes and reports news stories for weekday and weekend news as a reporter. Jordan first joined the WGN-TV news staff in 1973 as a general assignment reporter and he also served as an anchor for the One O' Clock News. He left WGN-TV in 1978 and joined the CBS News Midwest Bureau in Chicago. Jordan worked there for two years as a reporter, covering stories in the Midwest for the network nightly news with Walter Cronkite. He then returned to WGN-TV in 1980. Among the work Jordan has completed at WGN-TV are several documentaries and news series. Jordan took these projects from start to finish, developing concepts and then
producing, writing and reporting these special segments for presentation. Jordan's documentaries include: "The Atlanta Child Murders," "The Barnevelde Tornado," about the overnight destruction of a Wisconsin town, and "The Price of Dignity," which showed the ruthless tactics used by those in the funeral industry on their clients. Jordan has also done several 15- and 20-part series on health and, a five-part series, called "Peso Rich; Dollar Poor," about the economic hardships facing Americans living in Mexico following the nationalization of the U.S. dollar. An active participant in the community, Jordan serves on the Board of Directors of several local organizations including the Chicago Lung Association, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Shedd Aquarium.
Karen Jordan, News Anchor/ABC 7
Karen Jordan co-anchors the #1 rated weekend newscast in Chicago, the ABC 7 Weekend News. Jordan, who grew up in Evanston, IL, joined ABC 7 Chicago in July 2003. She previously served as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pa., where she worked from 2000-03. In addition to anchoring the station's weekend newscast, she served as the primary fill-in for WPHL's weekday anchor and covered breaking news and local stories. From 1999-2000, Jordan served as a main anchor and reporter at WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. She also worked as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WKEFTV in Dayton (1997-99). Jordan began her career in Rockford, IL, as a general assignment reporter for WIFR-TV (1995-97). She also gained early experience at WMAQ-AM in Chicago, where she worked through the Medill News Service as a radio reporter (1995). Jordan has been recognized for excellence throughout her career. Most recently, she was named a 2003 Rising Star by Today's Chicago Woman. She was honored with the YMCA Black Achiever Award in 2000 and received the Bethune Recognition for women in the media from the National Council of Negro Women in 1999. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.