The first question that came to mind when Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 announced the hiring of Dawn Hasbrouck as noon news anchor was: What happens to Nancy Loo? Almost immediately, that was followed by a second question: What happens to Robin Robinson? The answers, as they like to say in television news teases, may surprise you.
Hasbrouck, a Chicago native and graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, Duke University, and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, most recently has been a weekend news anchor and reporter at CBS-owned WBZ-TV in Boston. (Here's a link to her on YouTube.) In announcing Wednesday that she'll co-anchor the noon news with Patrick Elwood, starting Feb. 15, Mike Renda, vice president and general manager of Channel 32, said:
"We're delighted to have Dawn join Fox Chicago News. Her strong journalism background, deep Chicago roots and engaging personality makes her the ideal addition to our team."
Where does that leave current noon anchor Loo? The official word is that she'll continue to report for the station, where she's worked since 2001. But considering how her role was diminished earlier by former news director Andrew Finlayson and now by news director Carol Fowler, the handwriting may be on the wall. According to insiders, Loo's contract is up in several months.
The more intriguing question surrounds Robinson, who's been a local news luminary for 27 years, and was among the original group that launched Channel 32's news operation in 1987.