Local Chicago Stations Cover Politics, Protests at NATO Summit

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By Merrill Knox Comment

Chicago stations were in overdrive this weekend covering the ongoing NATO Summit, which continues today at McCormick Place.

WFLD‘s Bob Sirrot and Robin Robinson co-anchored an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m. Sunday on the Fox O&O. Political editor Mike Flannery’s regular Sunday morning newscast was expanded to an hour this weekend.

On NBC O&O WMAQ, weekday anchors Stefan Holt and Daniella Guzman anchored a special 11 a.m. newscast on Sunday. WMAQ also expanded its 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, anchored by Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, to an hour.

NATO coverage on WBBM, the CBS O&O, included several additional newscasts on Sunday: 7 a.m. with Kris Gutierrez and Susan Carlson, 10:30 a.m. with Kate Sullivan and Rob Johnson, and 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Jim Williams and Mai Martinez.

On WLS, Alan Krashesky and Linda Yu anchored a 10:30 a.m. newscast Sunday morning. Later in the day, Ron Magers and Cheryl Burton anchored a special report from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m.  The ABC O&O was  also live at 4 a.m. this morning, a half-hour earlier than the scheduled start time.

CW-affiliate WGN was live yesterday from 6 to 9 a.m. with Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Steve Sanders and Dina Bair, 4:30 to 6 p.m. with Micah Materre and Lourdes Duarte, and 9 to 10 p.m with Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange.

All five stations were live yesterday evening during the height of the protests during the 5 p.m. hour. Watch video of the clashes via WFLD: