WLS Political Reporter Retiring After 4 Decades

By Kevin Eck 

WLS political reporter Charles Thomas is retiring Friday, March 3.

Thomas joined the Chicago ABC-owned station in September 1991 as a general assignment reporter. He was named political reporter in 2009.

“Having served as ABC 7’s political reporter for the past 8 years, I have had a front row to history,” said Thomas. “I cannot adequately describe how blessed I feel to work at the #1 television station in this city, with the best management team and coworkers in Chicago. Without a moment’s hesitation I can look back and say I had the best TV reporting job in America.”

He started his career in 1973. Before working at WLS, Thomas was a Midwest Correspondent for ABC News in Chicago and St. Louis and has worked at stations across the country including Kansas City, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

WLS says Thomas will start lending his talents on a “soon to be announced digital platform ‘with the goal of helping the African American community take control of its own message and change the narrative to a positive one.'”