WMAQ’s in-depth reporting brings history and modern-day context to issues in the Chicago area

CHICAGO, IL – (August 27, 2020) – NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ launched its new multi-month series “Race in Chicago" on Wednesday, August 26 at 6pm CT. Spearheaded by Anchor and Investigative Reporter Marion Brooks, all of NBC 5’s reporters will contribute to the series by examining the African American experience in Chicago and providing historical or contemporary context for various topics and issues. The series will air weekly on WMAQ on Wednesdays at 6pm through the end of the year. Audiences everywhere can also visit to watch online and access exclusive digital content as well as candid conversations with prominent researchers and voices from the community.

“As a journalist I feel a sense of responsibility to report stories that will hopefully inform and educate viewers about the important issues that have led to the Black Lives Matter movement. Context is critical and through our journalism, we will deliver the in-depth background that will hopefully spur honest conversations across our communities,” said Brooks.

“NBC 5 is committed to giving the people of Chicago facts and perspective on how we got to this important time in history,” added Frank Whittaker, Station Manager and Vice President of NBC 5 News.

Over the coming weeks, the series will cover different topics that are deeply rooted in bias and racism. Investigative Reporter Phil Rogers will report about the Tulsa riots and the repercussions that are still felt today. From segregated schools to a digital divide, Kate Chappell will report on how the coronavirus has further exposed disparities in education in our communities. Reporter Chris Hush will explore the legal and cultural roadblocks the LGBTQ+ community still faces. Working in partnership with Telemundo Chicago, NBC 5’s series will highlight the issues the area’s Afro-Latino community faces. Additional topics will be explored through the series later this year.

About WMAQ 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 NBCCHICAGO.COM and on the NBC Chicago Mobile App.


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