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John Dempsey has worked in broadcast news since 1982. After starting his career at WGIL-WAAG in Galesburg Illinois, John worked for WJOL-WLLI in Joliet. He moved to the Chicago market in 1985, when he became the morning anchor at Chicago's National Public Radio affiliate WBEZ-FM. He now hosts the 89 WLS First Morning News @4:30am each weekday morning.
John covered the final two years of the turbulent period in Chicago political history known as "Council Wars", including the death of Mayor Harold Washington in 1987. John spent a total of 12 years at WBEZ, where he hosted his own talk show, and served as moderator of the station’s political debates and town hall meetings.
In 1997, John moved to the former WMAQ 670-AM, co-hosting morning and afternoon drive as the station embarked on a news/talk hybrid format. When WMAQ became sports talk in 2000, John moved on to television, spending five years as a General Assignment Reporter at Chicago's FOX affiliate, WFLD-TV.
After a brief detour to Kansas City as the host of "Kansas City's Morning News" on KMBZ-AM, Kansas City's leading news talk station, John returned to Chicago in 2007 to join “The Don Wade and Roma Show” on WLS as News Anchor.
John was the winner of the 1997 Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a report he did on the history of Chicago political patronage. 1997 was also the year John was also voted "Best Political Reporter in Chicago" by the readers of New City newspaper.
In addition he won a Kansas Association of Broadcasters award while in Kansas City.
John was born on Chicago's west side and grew up in west suburban Maywood and Villa Park. He attended Proviso East and Willowbrook high schools, and is a graduate of the Radio-Television program at Southern Illinois University.
Bill CameronBill Cameron, who, until the demise of WMAQ Radio was their political reporter, is considered the "dean" of radio political reporters in Chicago.
Bill’s coverage of Chicago politics began with the first Mayor Daley, Richard J., and includes the "revolving-door administration” of Mayor Jane Byrne, the "Council Wars" of the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington, and the current Mayor Daley, who is making Chicago an international city.
Bill was also on the scene for many other famous Chicago stories including the tragic plane crashes and train accidents of the '70s, the grisly mass murders of John Wayne Gacy, and the scandals that have sent so many politicians to jail.
His audio archive of these events, plus humor and songs of Chicago politics give Newstalk 89 an added dimension. From this archive, Bill reported and produced two cassette albums, "Mayor Daley on the Record" and "Remembering Harold."
Bill is the winner of two Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio & Television News Directors Association, shared in a Peabody, and has received numerous AP, UPI, and Gabriel awards for his work.
He has a BS in Broadcast Journalism from Indiana University. He's the son of an Illinois High School Hall of Fame football coach, Fred Cameron, and has called football and basketball games on radio in addition to working as a trainer and referee in sports.
Bill's daughter Elizabeth is the principal flutist of a symphony orchestra, and son Matt is a nationally-ranked athlete in the sport of fencing.
Christina grew up in the western suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She graduated from Glenbard West High School in 1986 and in 1990, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in English and graduated with honors.
Susan Carlson anchors the news during the Roe & Roeper Show, weekdays from 2-6pm on 89 WLS.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Susan is a well-known local on-air personality having worked in both TV and radio for many years. Among other stations, she was initially heard on 89 WLS from 1998-2002 as part of the Roe Conn & Garry Meier Show. Before rejoining the 89 WLS team, she worked for over 10 years and a news anchor and reporter at CBS2. Her award-winning career includes an Edward R. Murrow and two individual Emmys for on-air excellence.
Causes involving children and animals are close to her heart. She also enjoys yoga, reading and the occasional escape with bad reality TV.
Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University and got her Masters in journalism from Roosevelt University.