File this one under: Local Boy Makes Good.
Ben Bradley, who’s been a first-rate general assignment reporter and a rising star at WLS-Channel 7 since 2002, is about to be promoted to weekend news anchor at the top-rated ABC-owned station, sources said.
Bradley, 35, is expected to replace Kevin Roy as anchor of Channel 7’s Sunday morning newscasts. Roy was fired last April after he’d repeatedly failed to show up for work, citing “physical exhaustion.” The third time it happened — on April 25 — Bradley was called at home and summoned to fill in for the absent anchorman at the last minute.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if all goes as planned, Bradley would co-anchor Sunday mornings (from 6 to 7 a.m. and from 8 to 9:30 a.m.) alongside Stacey Baca, while still working as a reporter four days a week.