Chicago-native Tahman Bradley anchors WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten on Saturdays and Sundays. He also hosts the public affairs program WGN-TV Political Report and serves as the station’s political reporter.

He is a former ABC News correspondent based out of Washington, D.C., where he covered breaking news for the network’s affiliate service.

Since joining WGN-TV in July 2015, Tahman quickly distinguished himself in Chicago by reporting on issues impacting Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department. He’s also scored notable interviews with Mayors Lori Lightfoot and Rahm Emanuel, Governors J.B. Pritzker and Bruce Rauner and the viral story on Ethan, the shirtless jogger.

During the 2019 Chicago mayoral runoff election, Tahman moderated a televised candidate forum and a head to head debate between Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.

Tahman came to WGN News with an extensive background of reporting breaking news having worked as a reporter on scene during the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy and the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. He’s also covered everything from tornadoes, hurricanes, political conventions to even presidential inaugurations.

Being a pioneer for ABC in “digital-journalism,” Tahman was assigned to cover the city of Detroit where he filed a series of in-depth reports. Among the stories he covered: the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber’s alleged attempt to take down Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the arrest of Michigan’s Hutaree militia and the U.S. auto industry’s transformation. In 2010, Tahman travelled the Gulf Coast for several months to report on the substantial devastation that happened during the BP oil spill.

Before reporting breaking news, Tahman worked numerous assignments for the network, including a stint as part of ABC’s team covering President Obama’s White House. Tahman is an experienced political reporter and producer having covered the 2006 and 2008 elections extensively. He would go on to create and anchor the show Sunday Sound, an online weekly show on

Tahman is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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