For Immediate Release
February 2, 2006
WTTW11's CHICAGO TONIGHT ADDS
JOURNALIST CHRISTIAN FARR TO NEWS TEAM
Chicago, IL - February 2, 2006 - Philadelphia-based broadcast journalist Christian Farr will sign on as a full-time correspondent for WTTW11's Chicago Tonight, it was announced by V.J. McAleer, Senior Vice President of Production at the public television station. Farr, weekend anchor and reporter for the Ten O'Clock News at Philadelphia's FOX affiliate WTXF, will join the staff of the station's flagship nightly news magazine beginning February 13.
Farr was originally hired as a reporter for FOX 29; within two years, he was promoted to Anchor of the FOX Morning News. Several months later, he added hosting duties for Good Day Philadelphia, which won an Emmy for Best Morning Show of 2003. Farr also served as host for the station's public affairs program, FOX Focus.
In addition to his role at WTXF, Farr has worked as a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Dayton, Ohio and an independent cable news channel in New Jersey; and served as Tape Producer for CNBC's Rivera Live. He was nominated for an Emmy as host of Fox Spotlights Black History Month in 2002 and for the Ray of Hope series in 2003. Both the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Ohio Associated Broadcasters Association have recognized Farr for his outstanding contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. He won the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism award for a series on Dangerous Roads in Ohio in 2000. In addition, he has received several civic and community awards in the Dayton and Philadelphia areas, including Adult Achiever with the Philadelphia chapter of the YMCA, and a Community Involvement award from the National Association of Black Law Enforcement of New Jersey.
Executive Producer Mary Field is pleased to welcome Farr to the team for Chicago Tonight. "We look forward to Christian's contributions and are excited by what he will bring to the mix," said Field. "His reporting skills and personality will be a great complement to our team."
"I'm excited to join such a well-respected station and staff," said Farr. "I've spent a lot of time in Chicago, and to work here alongside the seasoned journalists and producers of Chicago Tonight is a tremendous professional opportunity."
A University of Delaware graduate, in Chicago Farr will rejoin his broadcasting family - his wife, WLS-TV/ABC7 anchor/reporter Karen Jordan, and his father-in-law, Robert Jordan, anchor/reporter for WGN-TV.
The most-watched public television station in America, WTTW11 has four million monthly viewers and serves a four-state region. For 50 years, viewers have turned to WTTW11 for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates and entertains. Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW11 is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs and children's programming.