WBBM Names Anchor Team for New Afternoon Newscast

By Kevin Eck 

Chicago CBS owned station WBBM has named the anchor team for its 4 p.m. newscast launching in 2022.

The one hour newscast will begin airing on Jan. 24 with anchors Jim Williams, Marie Saavedra, meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist and sports director Marshall Harris.

“With breaking news events occurring 24/7 and the appetite for local news from trusted journalists continuing to grow across broadcast, streaming and digital platforms, we are pleased to add a 4 p.m. newscast to our weekday schedule,” Lyons said in a note to staff posted to the station website. “We look forward to this new opportunity to provide the kind of in-depth reporting that defines CBS 2 Chicago.”


Williams currently anchors weekends at the station. He joined WBBM in 2002 after working as a correspondent for ABC News. Between 1992 and 1997, he served as press secretary for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Saavedra, who is an Evanston native, joined the station last year from WFAA in Dallas. The station said she has “proven to be an exceptional storyteller and has done a great job of filling in at the anchor desk whenever we have needed her.”

WBBM reporter Dana Kozlov will take over for Williams as the weekend news anchor. Chief meteorologist Albert Ramon will take over for Kleist at 5 p.m.

Kozlov joined WBBM in 2003 and works as an investigative reporter.