Rich King

Veteran Chicago sports anchor, Rich King joined the WGN-TV News department as a sports reporter and news anchor in August 1991.

Rich began his broadcast career with WGN-TV and Radio in 1969 as a writer and producer, covering news and sports. In 1970, Rich joined WBBM Newsradio 78 Chicago as a writer and producer; he later became assistant news director and managing editor in 1972. In 1974, Rich began doing sportscasts in addition to his other responsibilities, which included color and play-by-play for the White Sox in 1980 and 1981. He was later promoted to Sports Director at WBBM in January 1985 and served in that position until 1987, when he joined WBBM-TV.

Rich has often been recognized for his achievement in sportscasting. In 1991, he was named Illinois “Sportscaster of the Year.” He also has won AP and UPI awards for his sportscasting. Rich was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Chicago Bulls in 1996.

Rich serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and on the communications committee of the American Cancer Society. Rich also has authored a touching tribute to his late wife. The book is entitled My Maggie; it was published in October of 2007.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Rich attended De La Salle High School and received a degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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    Cubs late rally falls short; Magic number still sits at 1

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs lost this afternoon at Wrigley to the Pirates, 3-2. Gerrit Cole outpitched Jon Lester as the Pirates hung on for their seventh straight win,. Pittsburgh increased its lead for the NL’s top wild card to 4 1/2 games over the Cubs, who would have secured their first postseason appearance since 2008 with a victory. Chicago would clinch with a loss by San Francisco to Oakland on Friday night. Cole (18-8) and Lester (10-12) each lasted seven […]

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    Kane cheered by fans on first day of training camp

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. —  Chicago Blackhawk superstar Patrick Kane receives loud cheers from fans as he takes the ice for the first day of training camp, one day after he publicly addressed the rape accusations against him for the first time. The Blackhawks began practice at the University of Notre Dame on Friday morning. They’ll also play there on Saturday and Sunday. Fans lined up outside the rink in the rain to see the Stanley Cup champs practice. “I fully […]

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    Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane addresses rape allegations for the first time

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is addressing the sexual assault investigation against him for the first time, saying he has “done nothing wrong” and is looking forward to the season. Kane and team officials held a news conference Thursday, one day before training camp begins in South Bend, Indiana, on the Notre Dame campus. Kane is accused of assaulting a woman last month at his home near his hometown of Buffalo, New York. He has not […]

  • Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher opens up with new book

    He left the game as one of the Chicago Bears’ all-time greats and now Brian Urlacher is tackling a new challenge. Like many pro athletes former Bears the all-pro linebacker has written a book. But this is not your ordinary book written by an athlete. He teamed up with co-writer Sean Jensen and hopes his story and words will help kids. WGN’s Rich King has the story.

  • White Sox open season in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chicago White Sox open the season in kansas city Monday afternoon. Jeff Samardzija makes his third straight Opening Day start, while MicahJohnson makes his debut at second base. Before the game, WGN’s Rich King caught up with White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Watch the video above for a bit of their interview.  

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    Chicagoans say final farewell to White Sox great Minnie Minoso

    CHICAGO (AP) — A funeral service was held Saturday for Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso. Hundreds of people attended the service Saturday at Holy Family Church in Chicago. The Havana native and major league baseball’s first black Latino star died Sunday. He was believed to be 90. Known as the “Cuban Comet,” Minoso was part of a wave of black players who transformed the game. Former White Sox player Frank Thomas, Chicago Cubs legend Billy Williams, and former Chicago Mayor Richard […]

  • White Sox, fans remember legend Minnie Minoso

    CHICAGO (AP) — Major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago, Minnie Minoso, has died. PHOTOS: Minnie Minoso through the years The Cook County medical examiner confirmed his death Sunday morning. Minoso homered in his first Chicago at-bat in 1951. There is some question about his age but the White Sox say he was 90. Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired […]

  • Ernie Banks laid to rest

    Political leaders, Hall of Fame ballplayers and dozens of ordinary Chicagoans bade a poignant but uplifting farewell Saturday to Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs shortstop whose otherworldly athleticism, unflagging optimism and inexhaustible goodwill made him an ambassador for his team and his city. Banks, who was 83 but would have turned 84 Saturday, died of a heart attack Jan. 23. His death has inspired a flood of reminiscence from those who watched him patrol the Wrigley Field diamond in the […]

  • The legacy of Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub’

    Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died at the age of 83 Friday night, and many fans and teammates looked back fondly at the legacy left behind by “Mr. Cub.” Banks passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Details of his death have not been released, but for years to come, Chicagoans and baseball fans will remember the man who defined the Cubs. Banks began his professional career at the age of 19, when he signed a contract with the Kansas […]

  • Chicago Bears hire John Fox as new head coach

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with John Fox to become the team’s 15th head coach in franchise history. Fox has signed a four-year deal with the team and will be introduced as the new Bears coach at 11 a.m. Monday at Halas Hall. It has been a half a century since the Bears hired a head coach with previous head coach experience. Fox, 60, spent the past four years in Denver and left over philosophical differences with John Elway. […]


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