Chicago’s WFLD Cuts Award-Winning Reporter

By Andrew Gauthier 

Robert Feder

Lilia Chacon was on her way to New York Sunday to pick up a Peabody Award–one of the highest honors in all of broadcasting — when I called her to confirm the news that she’d been fired as a general assignment reporter at WFLD-Channel 32. It was one of those little ironies you couldn’t make up.

Chacon was part of the team cited for its nationally recognized coverage of the beating death last fall of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old Fenger High School honor student. But after 21 years at the Fox-owned station, Chacon won’t be on the team much longer. More…