As part of WMAQ’s “Race in Chicago” on-air and digital series, two half-hour specials will shed light on modern-day issues that are deeply rooted in racism

CHICAGO, IL – (December 16, 2020) – NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ will air a two-part special Race in Chicago on Thursday, December 17 Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm. Hosted by Anchor and Investigative Reporter Marion Brooks, the locally-produced program will examine the long history of discriminatory policies, practices, and cultural norms that have led to disproportionate effects in Black and Brown communities.

“The pandemic magnified racial inequities that families have faced for decades, but for some Chicagoans, 2020 was the wake-up call. As we look to heal as a community, it’s important to understand how we got here and how race continues to shape our lives,” said Brooks.

“More than ever, Chicagoans are seeking new awareness about race. NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago’s ongoing Race in Chicago series aims to educate viewers as we work to bridge the racial divide,” added David Doebler, President and General Manager of NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago.

What: WMAQ Presents “Race in Chicago” Two-Part Special

When: Thursday, December 17 & Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm

Where: NBC 5 Chicago,, NBC Chicago Mobile App, Roku, Apple TV

NBC 5 Chicago’s Race in Chicago will spotlight local people who will walk us audiences through what it’s like to be Black or Brown in America. Viewers will learn about one Chicago family that was deeply affected by the Tulsa Race Massacre across multiple generations. Anchor Zoraida Sambolin will take a close look at the unique identity struggles Afro-Latinos face. A Black trans woman will share her personal experience with racism and discrimination within the LGBTQ+ community. Race in Chicago will also examine the racial gaps in wealth, housing, juvenile justice, mental health resources and more. Click here for more information about the on-going series.

About NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) is the NBC Universal owned-and-operated station in Chicago. In partnership with Telemundo Chicago (WSNS-TV) as a duopoly station, NBC 5 serves the incredibly diverse and bilingual audiences throughout the city and suburbs. As the third largest television market, NBC 5 provides news, weather, community initiatives and more for the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as, areas of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. NBC 5 features daily local news on “NBC 5 News” and local lifestyle content on “Chicago Today.” All original content is available on-air, across streaming platforms, on and on the NBC Chicago Mobile App.


Joseph Schiltz