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Sarah Jindra helps Chicago drivers get to and from work everyday. She anchors the traffic reports for CLTV’s morning and afternoon shows and also fills in doing traffic on the WGN Morning Show from inside the studio and up in the Skycam 9 helicopter.

Sarah has been reporting traffic in Chicago since 2008. Prior to joining WGN/CLTV in August 2012, she was a traffic reporter for Chicago Public Radio and WMAQ-TV. Before getting into traffic reporting, Sarah was a general assignment news reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign.

A native of the Chicago area, Sarah grew up in Westmont. She received a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

In her spare time, Sarah posts “good news” stories on her website, INSPIREmeChicago. She also does voice over work and records audio books

Recent Articles
  • Memorial Day weekend traffic expected to be busiest in 10 years

    CHICAGO–  This is expected to be the most traveled Memorial Day weekend in a decade. Keep that in mind if you’re getting ready to hit the road. WGN’s Sarah Jindra has the latest tips on travel and safety.

  • Seen from SkyCam: A bird-watcher’s paradise in Plainfield

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Six thousand birds, all in the same place. That’s what bird watchers have to look forward to seeing in Plainfield, Ill., next month as nesting season ends. One day Skycam9 flew over Plainfield and saw, just west of I-55 near Renwick Road, little wooden structures built in the middle of a lake — and when you look closer, you see birds all over. Sarah Jindra reached out to the Forest Preserve District of Will County to find out […]

  • Seen from SkyCam: Quarries that help make our roads

    McCOOK, Ill. — It takes 38,000 tons of stone to build just one mile-long lane of an expressway. So where does all that stone come from? Quarries. In this week’s “Seen From SkyCam” segment, Sarah Jindra took us to a local quarry to see how the stone for our roads is produced. When SkyCam9 flew above I-55 to look at the traffic, it saw just east of LaGrange Road a huge hole in the ground just north of the expressway — and […]

  • CTA aims to prevent bus bunching with new technology

    CHICAGO — The CTA has announced new technology that it says will help prevent bus bunching. People hate bus bunching: when you’re waiting at a stop for 10 minutes, no bus. 15 minutes, no bus. Then all of a sudden, two buses pull up at the same time. Well the CTA says it has new technology to try and provide more consistent service. The CTA is installing touch screen monitors on every one of its roughly 1,800 buses. If a […]

  • Big street projects in Loop, North Side take shape this summer

    WGN’s Summer Slowdown series wraps up with a look at what construction commuters should watch out for on Chicago’s streets. If you travel in The Loop, you’ve probably already noticed closures and lane reductions on Madison between Michigan and Wacker, and Washington between Wacker and Clark. It’s all for the big “Loop Link” project which will create red bus only lanes on Madison, Washington, Canal and Clinton, along with green protected bike lanes on Washington, Randolph and Clinton. In addition, […]

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    What to expect on state roadways this summer

    Our week tracking this year’s summer slowdowns continues with a look at the big Department of Transportation projects to watch out for this summer. We’ve covered the tollway, CTA and Metra. Now it’s time to talk about the expressways and major state roads. The big project on the Department of Transportation’s plate this summer is the Jane Byrne Interchange work. The project includes updating nine bridges in the area as well as building a new flyover ramp that will carry […]

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    CTA’s summer to include new buses, trains and station work

    All week we’ve been talking with the region’s top transportation officials about the summer slowdowns commuters can expect. Now for the CTA. CHICAGO — CTA riders will see some big station work and track work as well as some new buses and trains. It started in 2013, but the CTA says this summer is the final phase of track work on the Brown Line. The goal is to eliminate slow zones between Armitage and the Merchandise Mart. For 10 more […]

  • Summer Slowdowns: Illinois Tollway projects to cause delays

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — With the Des Plaines Oasis now gone, it’s time for the Illinois Tollway to widen the eastern section of I-90. It finished the western section from Elgin to Rockford in 2014, taking the road from two lanes each way to three. Now it’s working to widen I-90 from Elgin to O’Hare from three lanes each way to four. Tollway executive director Kristi LaFleur says drivers should expect delays this summer. When the road is done at the […]

  • The dangers of crude oil trains and the new rules to help

    Some call them bomb trains. They are trains loaded with crude oil and some head straight through Chicago-area towns. Since February, four of these trains have derailed in the U.S. and Canada and caused fiery explosions. One happened 160 miles outside Chicago in Galena. No one was killed in these incidents but that wasn’t the case in 2013 when a crude oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec killing 47 people. The Dept. of Transportation says more crude oil is […]

  • Scathing report released on Metra: Are commuters’ safety at risk?

    Summer on Metra: Riders can expect work and upgrades

    With construction season kicking into full gear, WGN is talking to the region’s top transportation officials this week about what summer slowdowns commuters can expect. Today we look at Metra. There are 300,000 passe­­nger trips each day on Metra’s 11 lines and this summer, those riders can expect some station improvements, track work and train upgrades along with a new app that will let you pay for rides with your phone. Track work is already underway for riders on the […]


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