Mar. 30, 2010
Mar. 30, 2010
Add Anne Kavanagh to the growing list of WFLD-Channel 32 news veterans engaged in major career makeovers: After almost 23 years as a general assignment reporter at the Fox-owned station, she's launching a full-service Chicago-based media consulting company.
Officially opening Monday, MediaPros 24/7 will offer media training, crisis management, publicity and event planning, video production, website renovations and social media. The company's slogan: "We know news. We have the contacts. We make it happen."
Kavanagh's partners in the venture are Maria Dugandzic, a former CNN international producer who previously managed the network's Chicago-based Midwest bureau, and David Viggiano, former entertainment reporter and producer at Channel 32. Working with them will be a team of current and former journalists from CNN, Fox, NBC and elsewhere.
Mar. 29, 2010
On the eve of his 30th‚ anniversary as political editor at WBBM-Channel 2, Mike Flannery is leaving the CBS-owned station to join WFLD-Channel 32. Starting July 1, he'll succeed Jack Conaty, who was forced out last December after 22 years at the Fox-owned station.
In a statement to staffers Monday, Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director at Channel 2, wrote:‚ "I respect Mike's decision to leave. His contributions to WBBM-TV over the last 30 years have been extensive and we wish him well."
Flannery, 59, a native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Georgetown University, covered politics and labor for the Chicago Sun-Times for seven years before making the transition to television in 1980.
Mar. 29, 2010
Lisa Coughlin is guest-blogging this week for Amy KR. Like Amy, Lisa likes to make things. She is currently making doughnuts (not the kind you eat) and writing. Lisa is a vocal supporter of Amy's work and is happy to be a part of any mission that makes the world a happier, wonder-filled place to be. Take it away, Lisa!
(photo by Woodley Wonderworks)
Awhile back we mission-minded people introduced ourselves, sharing a few things we loved, and celebrated with some tunes at a virtual block party. Now feels like a good time for us to gather around in a circle to revisit a cherished school tradition: Show and Tell!
Mar. 29, 2010
Easter brunch is a time-honored tradition, conjuring thoughts of spiral ham, tempting chocolate bunny ears and grandma throwing back a few Bloody Marys. Whether your preference is for the traditional, the gourmet, the vegetarian or the wacky, Easter brunches around the city offer a range of options for your April 4 celebration. ‚ (A big thank you to Katherine, my intern, for helping assemble this list).
LM Le Restaurant This modern, comfortable Lincoln Square restaurant will serve up a contemporary French Easter brunch from 9 am to 3 pm. Cold buffet options include croissants, artisan breads, pain au chocolat, salads, assorted sushi rolls, smoked salmon and sturgeon, artisan cheeses, homemade country terrine, and a charcuterie selection. À la carte entrées will feature a choice of LM quiche with caramelized shallots, gruyère and spinach; brioche french toast with roasted pears; herbed risotto with pine nuts, zucchini and goat cheese; pan roasted arctic char with artichokes, heart of palm and sauce vierge; and a croque monsieur with béchamel and frites. Desserts include chocolate mousse and French pastries. The cost is $39 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. There is no cost for children under 2 years old. LM Le Restaurant is located at 4539 N. Lincoln Avenue. Call (773) 942-7585 for reservations.
Mar. 29, 2010
The next time you see Byron Harlan, he could be sitting across a table from you, discussing annuities, dividends and mutual funds. After 30 years in the broadcast news business -- including the last 13 at WFLD-Channel 32 -- he's launching a new career as a financial adviser.
Harlan, 50, signed off Sunday as weekend news anchor at the Fox-owned station -- the latest casualty in a purge of familiar faces there, including Nancy Loo, Lauren Cohn and Jack Conaty (as well as about two dozen technicians and other off-air employees to be laid off by July). Harlan's longtime anchor partner, Nancy Pender, is expected to work solo on weekends for the time being.
While his departure may have surprised viewers, it was a move Harlan has been anticipating for four years. That's how long he's been preparing for his entry into the financial services business.
Mar. 26, 2010
It may be hard to believe, but Easter is just around the corner (really!). What better way to celebrate spring than with an homage to the incredible, edible egg: a tiny, minimalist package that contains amino acids, vitamins and protein. Whether you prefer cage-free, vegetarian-fed, brown, jumbo or anything in between, you can take your pick of egg celebrations this weekend.
Chicago's Green City Market, the year-round farmer's market dedicated to sustainable and locally-grown food, is honoring the egg this Saturday, March 27 with a market called "Green Eggs and Ham". From 8 am to 1 pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the market will feature chef demonstrations, a kids' Easter egg hunt and vendors that all promote the Seussian theme of green eggs and ham.
The chef demonstrations will take place in the south gallery of the Nature Museum, and will feature the following Chicago chefs:
9:00 am: Kristine Subido of Wave
10:00 am: Michael McDonald of one sixtyblue
11:00 am: Christophe David of NoMI
12:00 pm: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill/Xoco/Topolobampo
Capacity for the demonstrations is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve a space, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the demo you wish to attend and the number of guests. Check out other upcoming chef demonstrations here.
The children's Easter egg hunt will take place in the north gallery of the Nature Museum at 9:30 a.m and is open to children ages 3 to 6.