Pioneering Weather Anchor Steve Baskerville Retires

By Alissa Krinsky 

After nearly 40 years in television, the last 30 with Chicago CBS station WBBM-TV, veteran forecaster Steve Baskerville has retired from the airwaves.

Baskerville moved to the Windy City in 1987 after three years with the CBS Morning News, where he became the first African-American weather anchor on a network newscast. His co-hosts on the program included fellow Chicagoan Bill Kurtis and former Miss America—and mother of CNN’s Pamela Brown—Phyllis George.

Baskerville started his career in radio in his native Philadelphia, and went on to work for several years at Philly CBS station KYW-TV before heading to Chicago.


(Full disclosure: This writer worked with Baskerville at WBBM-TV while a reporter there.)

Friday night was Baskerville’s last WBBM-TV broadcast, which featured a retrospective of his career: