Robert H. Jordan Jr
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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.

Recent Articles
  • Dallas Ebola patient identified

    New details are emerging about the American hospitalized with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, including his identity. Health officials say more than a dozen people came in contact with the patient, including school children, but none have shown any symptoms. The patient in a Dallas hospital has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday but upgraded Wednesday to serious. While no one is immune from catching Ebola, you really have to be up close and personal with […]

  • Proposal could help level playing field between cabbies and ride sharing aps

    City hall is pitching taxi reforms aimed at helping struggling cabbies compete with ride-sharing services. Taxi drivers won’t get the fare hike they want, but they would get a centralized dispatching system. Cabbies often burn gas driving around searching for a fare, but central messaging alert them to requests. Cabbies can be at a disadvantage competing with ride-sharing companies that book over the internet. Supporters hope it’ll level the playing field. The proposal, backed by Mayor Emanuel, also caps fees […]

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    Durbin, Oberweis seek endorsements for Senate race

    Senator Dick Durbin’s strength across Illinois makes him nearly impossible to beat, according to political watchers. But republican challenger Jim Oberweis is still trying to gain endorsements and sway voters before the November election. The candidates met before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Monday morning. Durbin told the board his 32 years in politics gives him the advantage because it comes with seniority and experience gained on Capitol Hill. Oberweis calls Durbin’s time in office ineffective at getting needed laws […]

  • Chicago police commander arraigned on police brutality charges

    Chicago police commander Glenn Evans pleaded not guilt at his arraigned Tuesday on police brutality charges as new details emerge about a long list of other complaints against him. Evans is charged with official misconduct and aggravated battery. Prosecutors say Evans shoved his gun down a man’s throat, put a taser gun to his groin, and threatened to kill him. The Chicago Tribune reports there have been 50 complaints against Evans since 2001 and nine complaints since he was promoted […]

  • Emanuel, McCarthy push for lighter drug penalties, tougher gun crimes

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Illinois lawmakers to ease the state’s drug laws. The mayor is asking a state panel to apply Chicago’s laws to all of Illinois. Chicago police can issue tickets of $200 to $500 for someone caught with 16 grams or less of marijuana. People caught with a gram or less of any controlled substance can be charged with a misdemeanor. The mayor says more lenient drug possession laws will ease jail overcrowding and allow police to focus […]

  • Second Joliet double murder trial delayed until Tuesday

    The trial of a second suspect in a gruesome double murder in Joliet has been pushed back to Tuesday. Prosecutors say Joshua Miner strangled Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins at a home in January of 2013. Police say Miner told them he wanted to scalp Glover and Rankins and wear one of their faces. The judge in the case ruled Monday that Miner is mentally competent to stand trial. The judge also said Miner will receive a bench trial. Three […]

  • Dual-degree program at DeVry University’s Advantage Academy celebrates 10 years of success

    Imagine graduating from high school with a diploma and a two-year college degree. One of the first duel-degree programs offered by Chicago Public Schools is celebrating 10 years of success. Juniors and seniors at DeVry University’s Advantage Academy can apply, and as WGN’s Bob Jordan reports, that associate’s degree puts them ahead of their peers.

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    Closing arguments in O’Laughlin murder trial

    Closing arguments are underway Monday in the Murder trial of a man accused of killing a teen when she walked in during a home burglary in suburban Indian Head Park. Prosecutors say John Wilson, Jr. stabbed 14-year old Kelli O’Laughlin with a kitchen knife when she walked in on him while he was robbing her family’s home in 2011. Police say he then stole the girl’s cell phone and taunted her mother with text messages. DNA evidence from a knit […]

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    City council honors Jackie Robinson West players

    The full Chicago City Council is meeting Wednesday for the first time since July. One of their first orders of business was to honor the city’s little league heroes. Aldermen gave a standing ovation to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team and praised their hard work. Aldermen also considered a proposal to put the brakes on real estate developers and their efforts to do away with SRO’s, or single-room-occupancy buildings.  “If someone can get a permit to change them […]

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    Quinn vs. Rauner before Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

    The gubernatorial candidates went head-to-head before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Tuesday and exploded into heated exchanges over education, ethics, and other major issues. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, and his running mate Paul Vallas, squared-off against Republican Bruce Rauner and his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. Even though they were speaking within the hallowed, oak-paneled walls of the Chicago Tribune Editorial board room, Gov. Quinn and Rauner took off the gloves and waged a bare-knuckled political dog-fight today. Quinn accused […]


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