CHICAGO, July 2, 2014 – Jennifer Lyons has been named WGN-TV News Director effective immediately, as announced by Greg Easterly, President and General Manager of WGN-TV. “As Chicago’s Very Own, I felt it was important to have a leader who knows Chicago. Jennifer is the entire package: a track record of success, forward thinking, with strong editorial judgment and her pulse on Chicago,” commented Easterly. “With over twenty years at WGN-TV, I am proud to honor that loyalty and experience with the news director post. It is well deserved.”
A 21 year veteran of WGN News, Ms. Lyons has worked in a variety of capacities at Chicago’s Very
Own. In November 2008, she became assistant news director, responsible for managing and leading the news-gathering and production process for WGN-TV, market leading website WGNtv.com, and for cable-only CLTV. Lyons has handled virtually every job in the news department during her tenure. Before her role as Assistant News Director, Ms. Lyons was Executive Producer of the WGN Morning and Midday News. While at the helm of WGN Morning News, she led the show to #1 during its four hour time slot. An innovative and industry leading journalist, Lyons led the conversion of the traditional broadcast newsroom into a successful multi-platform digital operation by enabling and organizing the distribution of content to a variety of digital outlets. Under her leadership, WGN-TV became the first station in the market to live stream its news programming online and to all mobile devices. She is also heavily involved in the creation and continuing development of WGNtv.com and mobile apps.
Prior to WGN-TV, Lyons worked at WHO-TV in Des Moines, where she produced several newscasts. While at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, she created the 6:30am newscast. Lyons started her career in Des Moines as a photographer and live truck operator.
Lyons received her BA in journalism/mass communicationfrom Iowa State University. Lyons is an Emmy Award Winning producer as well as a Silver Dome Award Winner.
Lyons will be leading the news operation of consistently top-ranked local newscasts: WGN Morning News, WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. On July 12, 2014, WGN News will launch a weekend newscast from 5-6pm. Starting in the fall of 2014, WGN Evening News will expand another hour to run from 4-6pm. As of the fall of 2014, WGN News will program 61 hours of news on WGN-TV as well as newscasts for most of the broadcast day on CLTV.
WGN-TV is Chicago’s CW network affiliate, programming news, sports and entertainment. Most programming airs in high definition on WGN 9.1. WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station airing on WGN-TV as well as CLTV. WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV network Antenna TV and WGN 9.3 is Chicago’s This TV movie network affiliate. WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to