Kathy Brock Is Leaving ABC 7 Chicago

By Chris Ariens 

Kathy Brock, co-anchor of Chicago’s most-watched newscasts, is retiring.

Brock, who co-anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WLS, will anchor her last newscast on the ABC-owned station June 27.

“WLS represents the best of local television news,” Brock said in a statement. “I firmly believe there is no equal and recognize what a gift it has been to be part of this team. The time just seems right for change; I want to explore other passions and see what life’s like off the night shift,” she said.

Brock joined ABC 7 Chicago in September 1990 as the co-anchor of ABC 7 News This Morning, working with Alan Krashesky, Roz Varon and Jerry Taft. She was promoted to co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast in 1993 and the 10 p.m. newscast in 2003. “There is poetry for me in closing out this career sharing the 6 and 10 p.m. desk with my original partner, Alan Krashesky, who has also become a dear friend,” Brock added.

“Kathy Brock has been an essential part of our news team for close to three decades,” said WLS president and GM John Idler. “Her intelligence, integrity and commitment to journalism are unrivaled.”

Before joining WLS, Brock spent six years as an anchor/reporter at KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City, and the two years before that as an anchor/reporter at KBCI-TV in Boise.

Brock’s announcement comes 4 months after meteorologist Jerry Taft retired after 34 years with WLS.

“Kathy has been a significant factor in the long-standing success of ABC 7 Eyewitness News,” said WLS vp and news director Jennifer Graves “Her professionalism and ability to help viewers understand every aspect of a story, have made her someone Chicago news viewers trust and welcome into their homes.”