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Robert H. Jordan Jr. is a weekend anchor on WGN-TV’s News at Nine. He also produces, writes and reports news stories for the weekday and weekend news. A veteran of WGN-TV, Robert first joined the station in March 1973.

Robert received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education with a minor in Ethics from Loyola University Chicago in May 1999. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University in May 1994 with a degree in Speech, and his Bachelors degree in General Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Robert’s television career began in 1970 at WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as a booth announcer, news anchor for an early morning variety show, and was responsible for on-camera newsbreaks.

Jordan joined WGN-TV as a general assignment reporter; he also served as an anchor for the One O’clock News. He left WGN-TV in 1978 and joined the CBS News Midwest Bureau in Chicago. In his two years at CBS, Jordan spent time covering stories in the Midwest for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He returned to WGN-TV in 1980.

Robert has worked on several documentaries and news series while at WGN-TV. He took projects from start to finish, developing concepts and then producing, writing and reporting. Robert’s documentaries include: “The Atlanta Child Murders,” “The Barnevelde Tornado,” about the overnight destruction of a Wisconsin town, and “The Price of Dignity,” which showed the ruthless tactics used by those in the funeral industry on their clients. Robert has also done several 15 and 20-part series on health and a five-part series, called “Peso Rich; Dollar Poor,” about the economic hardships facing Americans living in Mexico following the nationalization of the U.S. dollar.

Robert has many writing credits to his name including two screenplays, Anthony’s Key and Multi-Man. He has also written articles for the Chicago Tribune.

An active participant in the community, Robert serves on the Board of Directors of several local organizations including the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Safer Foundation and The Night Ministry. He is also part of the advisory board for The Salvation Army.

A native of Atlanta, he also spent time in the United States Army as a surgical assistant.

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  • Chicago mayoral candidates meet for first debate

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  • Roadways, skies full of holiday travelers

    Today was one of the busiest day at Midway Airport, as people head out of town for Christmas. O’Hare Airport saw its busiest day on Saturday, the start of the holiday travel season. Many people who were planning to fly out of O’Hare today, left yesterday to take advantage of an offer by United and American Airlines to rebook their flight for free. Chicago Department of Aviation officials expect more than four million passengers will travel through O’Hare and Midway […]

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  • Emanuel unveils commission recs on stopping youth violence

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  • Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70

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