Ana Belaval joined the WGN-TV in June 2005. She is currently a feature reporter on the WGN Morning News, covering the “Around Town” segment, which focuses on various people, places and things of interest in and around the Chicago area. Ana is a substitute anchor for CLTV News and WGN Morning News. She also contributes to the community affairs show ‘Adelante Chicago!”

Prior to coming to WGN, Ana spent nine years at Univision, starting as a general assignment reporter in the Chicago affiliate WGBO and working her way up to network correspondent for Univision’s national morning show based in New York. While at Univision, Ana was nominated for an Emmy for her reporting series “Ana Lo Hace,” in which she performed various jobs held by Hispanics in Chicago. While in Chicago, Ana was also a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Ana is three-time Emmy winner and four-time Emmy nominee. She was also a finalist for the Peter Lisagor award for the special story, anabelaval.com.

In 2001, Today’s Chicago Woman selected Ana as “A Woman to Watch” for her accomplishments in the media industry. Ana is involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Dancing with Chicago Celebrities created by Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from American University in Washington D.C. Ana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is very proud of her heritage. She recently gave a TedX Talk about how she found success embracing 2 cultures and 2 languages. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 children. Ana shows her comedic side when performing her stand-up routines at various spots around the city including Zanies Comedy Club and Mikey O Comedy Productions.


Recent Articles
  • Around Town watches as chefs compete against each other in the Urbanspace Challenge

    John Badal, Sruthi Swaminathan and Melody Adeniyi were the three finalists competing in the Urbanspace Challenge,  a tasting competition to find Chicago’s next great culinary entrepreneur for Chicago’s new Urbanspace Food Hall. Urbanspace, the New York City based food hall company will award a Chicago area, up-and-coming chef entrepreneur a booth to operate his or her eatery, rent free for three months at its soon-to-open new food hall at 15 W. Washington. Urbanspace will also provide the winner support with […]

  • All passion, no cost: El Zumbero de Chicago brings Zumba to the streets

    CHICAGO — Israel Alvarez is better known as El Zumbero de Chicago. He is a certified Zumba instructor who for the last seven years has been offering free workout classes all over the city. He came to Chicago from Veracruz Mexico where he had started his mission to empower women through exercise as an aerobic instructor. “I think it’s my mission. It’s my passion,” he said. “I really like to support women.” He lived with his family in Pilsen and […]

  • Around Town previews Open House Chicago 2019

    Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago, now in its ninth year, is one of the largest architecture festivals in the world.  This free two-day public event offers behind-the-scenes access to about 350 sites in 38 neighborhoods, many rarely open to the public, including re-purposed mansions, stunning skyscrapers, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, industrial facilities, cutting-edge offices and breathtaking sacred spaces. Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago: October 19-20 openhousechicago.org

  • Around Town goes to La Rabida Children’s Hospital for an employee appreciation event

    La Rabida Children’s Hospital: 6501 S. Promontory Dr. Chicago, IL 60649 larabida.org

  • Around Town checks out ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a delightful menagerie of 75 larger-than-life puppets that bring four Eric Carle favorites from the page to the stage, including: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” “The Very Lonely Firefly” and the star of the show, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show: Chicago Children’s Theatre: 100 S. Racine Chicago, IL 60607 extended through December 1 chicagochildrenstheatre.org

  • Around Town goes apple picking at Kuipers Family Farm

    Kuipers Family Farm: 1N318 Watson Rd. Maple Park, IL 60151 kuipersfamilyfarm.com

  • Around Town revisits the wndr Museum for a ‘Hero’s Journey Through wndr’

    The wndr Museum was founded in 2018 with the mission to help guests tap into their own innate and unmatched creativity. wndr intends to disrupt ideas of a traditional museum experience and challenge the expectations in every facet of our guests’ lives. wndr strives to spur creativity and question everything. wndr Museum: A Hero’s Journey Through wndr 1130 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60607 wndrmuseum.com 

  • Self-taught makeup artist finds healing in her art

    CHICAGO — We’ve all watched YouTube tutorials on DIY projects or makeup and marveled at their talent. Some of us may have even tried do it ourselves to no avail concluding that these tutorials are entertaining but not helpful. However, Alicia Soto not only learned a lot from those tutorials but she credits them with her success as a professional makeup artist. Soto has been a professional makeup artist for the last three and half years. “My first FX make […]

  • Around Town previews the 2nd annual ‘Haunting in Hammond’

    Haunting in Hammond: EAT: 5201 Hohman Ave. Hammond, IN 46320 Saturday October 5th 11 AM-7 PM downtownhammond.org

  • Around Town celebrates Fall at Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up

    Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is Chicago’s only 100% outdoor fall experience with the city’s largest corn maze, 4 full-service bars, axe throwing, fortune-teller caravans, music, carnival games, food trucks and fun Instagrammable moments. Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up: 1465 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 jackspumpkinpopup.com

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