Thirty years ago today, Mike Parker joined the staff of WBBM-Channel 2. It was an era when the CBS-owned station was No. 1 in the ratings and when "The Ten O'Clock News" was must-viewing in the market. While almost everything else has changed since then, Parker remains a model of straightforward, intelligent reporting.
With all the gloom and doom pervading the news business, it's nice to know Chicago still has room for a few solid, reliable professionals like him. Countless general managers, news directors and anchors have come and gone since he started, but Parker continues to command the respect of his bosses and the admiration of peers.‚ "He's very special -- a crafty writer with great 'pipes' and a talent for relating to people," said Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of Channel 2. "Chicago is lucky to have him."