Chicago’s WBBM Makes Surprising Choice at Assistant ND

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Tribune

Such is the tenor of the times that when a media outlet hires someone new it’s a bit of a surprise.

So WBBM-Ch. 2‘s move to fill the assistant news director post that seemed to have been eliminated in April in a cost-cutting purge at the CBS-owned station was bound to be an eye-opener.

Particularly jarring to some will be that the job is going to a guy who’s coming off 15 years of working on the Chicago-based syndicated “Siskel & Ebert” and “Ebert & Roeper and the Movies” programs for Disney/ABC as director and eventually also executive producer. But that’s part of the reason WBBM wanted Don DuPree.

DuPree, who was introduced to Channel 2 staff this week and starts Monday, is not quite as unconventional a choice as he might initially seem. More…