CBS Names President and GM of Chicago Station

By Kevin Eck 

Jennifer Lyons has been named president and general manager of CBS News and Television Stations’ local businesses in Chicago, including WBBM, CBSN Chicago and

President and co-head of CBS News and Stations Wendy McMahon said Lyons has a proven track record of success in Chicago.

Lyons resigned as vp of news of Nexstar’s fledgling cable news channel NewsNation in March. Before that, she had worked at Chicago station WGN since 1993, serving as news director between 2014 and 2020.


“Jennifer knows this market like few others, understands what it takes to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with the diverse communities that make up this city and is deeply committed to growing our brands and business for the future,” said McMahon.

“I am deeply honored for the tremendous opportunity to join CBS 2 Chicago, especially at a time when it is poised to grow on all platforms, including broadcast, streaming and digital,” said Lyons. “I am impressed with my new colleagues’ commitment to investigative journalism as well as compelling storytelling and I am excited to join the team.”

The Chicago native will begin her new role on Monday, Aug. 23.

During the announcement about Lyons, McMahon called out WBBM news director Jeff Harris for his leadership, congratulating his team for winning a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence this week.