Longtime WBBM Newsradio anchor killed in car crash

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A longtime Chicago news radio anchor was killed in a car crash on I-65 in Merrillville Sunday morning.

WBBM Newsradio anchor David Mitchell, 60, was driving south on I-65 when he swerved off the road and crashed into a concrete median wall near 61st Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana.

Since 1992, Mitchell was an anchor, reporter and traffic reporter at WBBM Newsradio. His broadcast career started in 1973 at several stations in Chicagoland, according to a story posted on the station’s website.

In a statement, WBBM Managing Editor Julie Mann said:

“Dave Mitchell was a bright, thoughtful and eager veteran journalist; a consummate professional. He was one of the good guys, dedicated to his craft whether in studio or overlooking the Chicago Air and Water Show where he thrived. We loved him, and will miss him greatly. Our thoughts are with his wife and his children,”


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