First Female Anchor Team Named in Chicago

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WGN, the Nexstar flagship in Chicago, has named its first female anchor duo for the noon show.

Julie Unruh will join Dana Bair, who has been a co-anchor on that weekday show, effective immediately.

Unruh will replace Steve Sanders, who retired from WGN after 37 years at the station.


“As one of Chicago’s very own, Julie is a consummate journalist, with a breadth and depth of reporting that make her ideal as a co-anchor of WGN Midday News,” WGN news director Dominick Stasi said in a statement. “Julie is comfortable with feature segments, hard news and handles breaking news especially well. We’re excited to see her behind the anchor desk.”

Unruh is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and anchor who joined the station in 2001. She’s previously worked for the WGN evening news.