NBC Chicago Manager Says ‘No Immediate Plans’ to Replace Late Anchor Dick Johnson

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WMAQ, the NBC station in Chicago, will not be replacing its late anchor, Dick Johnson, in the immediate future, according to a local blogger.

Johnson died a week ago while on medical disability leave battling pulmonary fibrosis.

The longtime news anchor spent the last 18 years at NBC 5 and most recently co-anchored the weekend show with Michelle Releford. She’s been soloing since he went on leave in March.


“No immediate plans to add a second anchor at this time,” said station manager and vice president of news Frank Whittaker.

Releford joined WMAQ as a reporter and a fill-in news anchor in 2011. She became Johnson’s weekend co-anchor in 2017.