Nancy Loo
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Nancy Loo is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined WGN-TV as a Reporter and Fill-in Anchor on June 1, 2010. Nancy brings an extensive background of international reporting to WGN-TV, having worked as a reporter and anchor in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York City, and Chicago. Nancy’s career took her on news assignments to England, China, Japan, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. In addition to her TV credits, Nancy maintains her own blog “Big Tiny World” on the WGN site. She is also adept at social media, actively engaging viewers through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

Before joining the WGN news team, Nancy Loo was an anchor/reporter at Fox Chicago News where she earned a 2004 Emmy nomination for her series “Chicago’s Coolest Cribs” which featured unique homes in the Windy City. Before moving to Chicago in 2001, Nancy was an Anchor/Reporter for WABC-TV in New York, where she earned three Emmy Award nominations. Her team won the Emmy for Best Morning Newscast for a show in which she actually kept delivering the news through labor contractions.

In 1993, Nancy was among the team of journalists who launched New York 1 News. During her two years with the 24-hour cable news channel, she was named National Anchor of the Year by the New York Chapter of Women in Cable. From 1986 to 1989, Nancy worked as an anchor and reporter at English-language TV channels in Hong Kong and Japan. She also served as a correspondent in the Far East for ABC Radio.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Northern California, Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. She speaks fluent Cantonese and has studied German, Japanese, and American Sign Language.

Nancy previously served as Co-President of the Asian American Journalists Association Chicago Chapter but she remains active in AAJA, as well as the Chinese American Service League, the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Assisi Animal Foundation.

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    Canadian Consulate in Chicago tightens security after shooting in Ottawa

    Chicago police are now keeping a closer eye on the Canadian Consulate located inside Prudential Plaza. Workers did not want to comment on the terrorist attacks this week back home in Ottawa, but obviously there are some heavy hearts. The Canadian flag has been lowered outside the consulate offices in Chicago, while on the upper floors of Prudential Plaza access is tightly restricted and there is stepped-up security. In a statement Chicago Police said, “While there are no known threats […]

  • Cpl. Nathan Cirillo killed ‘in cold blood’ in Ottawa shooting

    A day after a gunman killed an army reservist in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, many questions remain. Why did he shoot? Why did he target Nathan Cirillo? Is he connected to the the militant group ISIS? Here’s a list of what we know — and don’t know — in the Ottawa shooting. THE MOTIVE: What we know: There have been troubling incidents in the nation recently. The attack at parliament Wednesday, which killed Cirillo, was the latest one this […]

  • Suspected serial killer charged in Indiana, transferred to Crown Point

    A suspected serial killer is charged with murdering one woman in Northwest Indiana, and faces charges in the deaths of at least six more. Police say Darren Vann killed 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy at a motel in Hammond on Friday night. They say Hardy was a prostitute, who was found dead by the woman who arranged her meeting with Vann. That woman provided Vann’s number to police, who tracked him down in Gary. Once Vann was in custody, he told police […]

  • Northwest Side apartment burglarized 6 days before fatal fire, source says

    A fatal fire on the city’s Northwest Side could be arson. Two women died in the garden apartment of the two-flat. A source tells WGN there was a burglary at the garden apartment six days ago: Is that a coincidence, or is it directly related to this fire the fire department is calling “very suspicious?” The two flat is all boarded up Friday but just before 11 p.m. Thursday it was filled with smoke. Leslie Gonzalez lives on the top floor with her mom and […]

  • Ebola screening begins today at O’Hare airport

    Passengers arriving from West Africa will be screened for Ebola at O’Hare starting today. They will have their temperatures taken with non-contact thermometers by specially-trained border agents. U.S. Customs says about 150 people travel from or through Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the U.S. each day. About 95% of those travelers come through five U.S. airports, including O’Hare. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is also it’s training staff on the proper precautions to take if they have to […]

  • Quinn, Rauner sharpen attacks in second debate

    Governor Pat Quinn and his challenger Bruce Rauner delivered their best appeals to black voters, in another campaign debate. Their second debate was livelier than last week’s, touching upon key issues for the African-American community, including education, unemployment and crime. The challenger accused the incumbent of taking the black vote for granted. The hour-long faceoff at the DuSable Museum on the South Side saw each candidate arguing he could better serve African-Americans. Governor Quinn talked about diversity in his cabinet […]

  • What one Illinois plant is doing about the Asian Carp invasion may surprise you

    The state is getting more help from the private sector in battling the still out-of-control invasion of Asian carp in Illinois waterways. As WGN’s Nancy Loo reports in tonight’s Cover Story, a new plant near St. Louis aims to get rid of the fish faster, and is churning out products people want. Work starts early at the American Heartland Fish Plant in Grafton; a rural town north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River. This innovative business opened just a […]

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    Karen Lewis battling brain tumor: Report

    The combative and fiery Chicago Teachers Union president is now locked in a new fight. She has brain cancer. She underwent a five-hour surgery last week. She will also have to undergo a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation. As a result, she won’t run for Mayor of Chicago. Many people believe Lewis’ decision is dramatically changing the political landscape in Emanuel’s favor. “Really no competition now with her out of the race. So, I think it’s just going to be […]

  • This Illinois town has more Asian carp than any place else on earth

    The state of Illinois’ response to the Asian carp threat has involved everything from electric barriers in rivers, to removal by commercial fishermen, to investments in creating new markets for this invasive species. And it’s all working. But, as WGN’s Nancy Loo learned on a recent fishing trip on the Illinois River, Asian carp are more abundant in Havana, than any place else on earth. “This is Ground Zero. Ya, we’re here.” For more than two decades, state experts have […]

  • Ill. Dept of Health on Ebola concerns: `We feel like we are ready`

    Ebola has not made its way to the state of Illinois, but the medical community is preparing for the worst. The Center for Disease Control has already marked O’Hare airport for additional screenings as a precaution. The Illinois Dept. of Health is putting infrastructure in place to make sure we are ready if and when a positive case is identified here. Dr. Lamar Hasbrouk of the Illinois Dept of Public Health is making sure the public is educated and the […]


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