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
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    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 […]

  • Demonstrators rally against Obama’s immigration reform inaction

    Immigration activists in Chicago held a protest today after President Obama put off immigration reform. President Obama had campaigned on immigration reform, but last week, he changed his mind on using an executive order to enact reform. He surprised many in the Latino community who had hoped the changes were on the way. Democrats say President Obama worried that if he enacted reforms, some Southern Democrats could lose in the November election. So he played it safe. Politicians like Luis […]

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    Emanuel requiring contractors to raise minimum wage

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raising the minimum wage for some workers. He signed an executive order Wednesday that will require city contractors to pay workers at least $13 per hour. The city’s current living wage rate is $11.70 per hour. The mayor says his order will affect about 1,000 workers employed by companies that do business with the city,  but he’s hoping the move will eventually raise the pay of some 400, 000 working in Chicago. Last week, Emanuel […]

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    Medical marijuana registration begins today

    After years of fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois patient applications are being accepted starting Tuesday. Illinois is expected to be one of the most expensive places in the country to buy medical marijuana. Most insurance companies don’t cover the cost and after tacking on state laws and fees many believe it could still be cheaper to buy illegal pot on the street. Applicants whose last names begin with the letter A-L may apply online or by mail today […]

  • Chicago August crime stats: Murders down, shootings up

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy addressed the department’s crime statistics for the month of August, saying there is some promising news but that officers will continue to work with the community to bring those numbers down. Murders are down seven percent, compared to this time last year. Overall crime is down 14 percent. But shootings actually went up five percent, and the number of shooting victims is up six percent. “The robbery rate and overall crime rate coming down at […]

  • Millennium Park fills with Jackie Robinson West fans

    Jackie Robinson West’s path to the little league world championship game has in many ways brought the city together. Today’s rally in Millennium Park hosted fans from the entire Chicago metro area. Even while the team was still miles away on the far South Side of Chicago, loyal fans had already begun to stakeout their seats anticipating a huge crowd. Throughout the morning whole families arrived for the big event and all waited patiently for the champions. They were proud […]

  • Record number of students graduate from Chicago public high schools

    A record number of students graduated from Chicago Public High Schools. The graduation rate from the 2013-2014 academic season was 69.4%. That’s up four percent from one year ago. At a back-to-school breakfast at 51st and Keeler Tuesday morning, Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett touted the progress. “We read, we hear that there’s so much wrong in our district, in our city, in our country, and in this world. But despite the challenges that we face right here […]


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