Chicago’s First Female Sportscaster Has Died

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Legendary Chicago female sports broadcaster Jeannie Morris has died, just days after turning 85.

The celebrated journalist had been fighting cancer for the past year, according to media blogger Robert Feder.

Morris started in sports in Chicago in 1967 as the city’s first female sportcaster. She would spend 24 years at WMAQ and WBBM as a sports reporter, producer and host.


She would eventually become the co-host of The Mike Ditka Show and a sports columnist for the Chicago Daily News.

When asked once what her advice would be to other female sports broadcasters, she said this:

“My advice would be to really learn the sports you’re going to cover so that you have the respect of the players and the coaches, and know your stuff.”

Morris is survived by her four children and seven grandchildren.

You can read the full story about Morris’ career here.