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One way or another, it seems, Anna Davlantes was destined to work for Carol Fowler. On Tuesday, it finally became reality when Chicago's most eligible -- and arguably most glamorous -- news anchor officially joined Fox-owned‚ WFLD-Channel 32.
"It's a great opportunity and a great challenge for me," Davlantes said in her first interview after signing the multiyear deal. "I'm real excited about it."
As first reported here, Davlantes will debut Monday as a contributing anchor and reporter on the station's 9 p.m. newscast, alongside Robin Robinson and Jeff Goldblatt. As vice president/news director of Channel 32, Fowler was instrumental in talking up Davlantes to her boss, Mike Renda, who arrived last September as vice president and general manager from Fox sister station WTXF-TV in Philadelphia.
This wasn't the first time Fowler had championed the Chicago native and pride of Lane Tech High School. It was close but no cigar early last year when Fowler was vice president/news director at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 and courted Davlantes for a top anchor role. But negotiations with Joe Ahern, then-president and general manager of the station, abruptly broke off when Channel 2's budget collapsed and massive layoffs ensued.