CHICAGO – August 20, 2020 – WGN-TV, the Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.’s television station serving Chicago, announced today that Ray Cortopassi has been named co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 5 and 6pm, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten alongside Micah Materre, effective September 28.
“We’re excited to welcome Ray back home to Chicago,” commented Dominick Stasi, WGN-TV news director. “Ray has a passion for this city and knows the stories that shape it. He is an accomplished and talented journalist and will be a great addition to our team.”
“I am honored to join Micah and the WGN family,” Ray said. “It’s been my dream and our family’s wish to come back since leaving my hometown in the mid-1990s. I’m humbled and thrilled by the chance to work in the best newsroom in America and grateful to join a team of journalists who know the value of telling Chicago’s story.”
Ray Cortopassi has been a television broadcaster for more than 25 years. Most recently, Cortopassi has been a member of Nexstar’s FOX59 news team in Indianapolis, where he anchored the #1 rated morning newscast and 4pm news since 2009. Before working for FOX59, he was the evening anchor at the ABC station in Indianapolis and also spent time anchoring and reporting at TV stations in Las Vegas, NV and Traverse City, MI. He started his career in Chicago as a reporter for City News Bureau. Ray has been honored with multiple Emmy and Associated Press awards during his years in Indianapolis.
As one of Chicago’s Very Own, Cortopassi hails from south suburban Dolton and graduated with a journalism degree from Columbia College Chicago. Ray’s parents grew up in Roseland; his father was a sheet metal foreman at U.S. Steel’s “South Works” plant, and his mother was a piano teacher who worked from their home in Dolton. Like many kids growing up in 1970’s in Chicago, Ray often woke up to Ray Rayner and ate lunch watching Bozo’s Circus. It was in those formative days that Ray developed a love for the broadcast word and the magic of television.
WGN-TV is Chicago’s Very Own source for news and entertainment. WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station and can be seen on WGN-TV, WGNTV.com and the WGN-TV News app. In-depth local weather is available on all newscasts and the WGN-TV Weather app. WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Nexstar Media Group’s classic TV network Antenna TV. WGN 9.3 is Chicago’s Court TV network affiliate and WGN 9.4 carries TBD, bringing the world of internet video to the TV screen. WGN-TV is a Nexstar Media Group station. For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to WGNTV.com