The idea of a Chicago television news operation without a single African American reporter or anchor on staff seems like a throwback to some other era. But that's the situation now at WTTW-Channel 11, the public television station owned by Window to the World Communications and partnered with the new Chicago News Cooperative.
Since July, when "Chicago Tonight" correspondent Christian Farr announced he was leaving to join NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 as a general assignment reporter, Channel 11's flagship news program has had no black presence on its full-time roster. (By my count, there are four whites and two Hispanics.)
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For WTTW, whose call letters have long been mocked as standing for "Winnetka Talks to Wilmette," it's admittedly a sore subject.