LIST: School closures and delays across Chicago-area

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+ and was named the Chicago Social Media Person of the Year in 2013.

Before joining the WGN news team, Nancy 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.

Recent Articles
  • Flooding causes mandatory evacuation for some residents in Marseilles

    MARSEILLES, Ill. — A mandatory evacuation is in effect for some residents in Marseilles who live near the fast-rising Illinois River. About 200 households are impacted. Police say compliance for the evacuation is around 80 percent. The river level is more than 22-feet. It is expected to crest around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and remain there for up to eight to 10 hours. The gates on the dam are open. Back in 2013 in Marseilles, spring flooding damaged more than 100 […]

  • Ford Heights schools closed today due to widespread flooding

    FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. — School district 169 in Ford Heights has decided not to hold classes today because of the widespread flooding in the area. People have had to drive on sidewalks to get out of their neighborhoods because the streets are impassable. One two truck driver says, this kind of weather is all brand new. Long-time residents say, Ford Heights hasn’t flooded this badly in close to three decades.  

  • Flooding in Hammond tests bridge walls built in 2008 over Little Calumet River

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Sandbags are being packed along the banks of the Little Calumet River as the water level rises, and public works officials in Hammond and Munster are closing off the bridge over the river. As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the water level has already reached the underside of the bridge, which is near Northcote and River. HAMMOND, INDIANA: Little Calumet River almost touching bottom of bridge near Northcote and River. Bridge is closed as precaution. @NancyLoo is live there […]

  • Homewood couple’s home flooded after heavy rain

    HOMEWOOD, Ill. — A couple in Homewood is trying to stop the flow of polluted water that’s pouring into their house thanks to the heavy rains and melting snow. The water has been seeping into the Taliano’s home since 10:30pm on Monday. Their insurance company is being responsive. Public works has stopped by the house. A clogged pipe may be to blame for their problem. Crews are busy clearing drains, and trying to keep the sewer system flowing.    

  • Police search for man after accidental shooting at Hyatt in Loop

    CHICAGO — Police say an accidental shooting took place at the Hyatt Regency on Friday morning. The shooting happened around 10 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 150 E. Wacker in the Loop. A gun fell from a hotel guest’s pocket as he checked out in the lobby. The weapon hit the floor, and fired. Three people suffered minor graze wounds, possibly from fragments from the floor. The third person refused treatment. Police are now looking for a man from […]

  • Bond denied for suspect in murder of Chicago police commander

    CHICAGO — Bond has been denied for the man charged in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander. Shomari Legghette was charged with first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics in connection with the death of Cmdr. Paul Bauer. He appeared in bond court Thursday morning where his bond was denied. The judge called him a “real and present” threat to the community after hearing the details of the murder and about Legghette’s lengthy […]

  • Woman who accused Madigan aide of sexual harassment speaks out

    CHICAGO — A woman is speaking out about her claims of sexual harassment against a former aide for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. Kevin Quinn was fired from Madigan’s office on Monday. Alaina Hampton said the political upheaval should have happened a year ago when she first complained about the top aide’s behavior. Hampton said Quinn sent her a series of inappropriate text messages leading up to February of last year. “I managed the unwanted attention for five months. I asked […]

  • Chicago suburbs slammed by winter snowstorm

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The Chicago suburbs got slammed by an overnight snowstorm. Highways and local streets were left snow-covered and treacherous. Multiple spin-out accidents were reported in communities like Joliet, Channahon, Crest Hill, Shorewood and Bolingbrook — to name a few. Many suburban school systems chose to close for the day; so did Chicago Public Schools. And many government offices, including Illinois Secretary of State offices, closed their doors for the day. As a result, expressway travel times, which could […]

  • 2 injured, including Chicago officer, in apartment fire on South Side

    CHICAGO — A fire broke out early at a South Side apartment building — leaving two people injured, including a Chicago police officer. The fire started shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in the second-floor of an apartment at 650 E. 79th Street in the city’s Chatham neighborhood. “When I opened the door all the smoke came in and I couldn’t see anything. And I didn’t have a way to get out.  So I said that I was just going to jump out […]

  • Survivor of ancient Chinese practice of foot binding shares her story

    The average female foot size in the United States is an 8 or 8.5. So imagine a desire to crush your feet into a size three INCH shoe or 三寸金莲 or the Golden Lotus. That was the practice in China for centuries. And as WGN-TV's Nancy Loo reports, key pieces of this ancient foot binding tradition are right here in Chicago.