WLS-AM 890 News Team

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John Dempsey

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.

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 Cameron

Bill 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.

Nick Gale

Nick Gale is a native of suburban Glenview and has been behind a microphone since 1994.

Nick got an early start in broadcasting at Glenbrook South High School's WGBK-FM. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in radio and political science, he worked as news director at a five station cluster in LaSalle - Peru and later as a reporter and anchor in Jacksonville, Florida at WOKV-AM. Nick returned to Chicago and spent six years with the Illinois Radio Network covering state government for 50 affiliates, and also worked part-time at WLS before coming on board full time.

Nick has covered a wide range of stories including NASA's return to space after the Columbia disaster, flooding on the Mississippi River, the horrific mass shooting at NIU, and the Blagojevich corruption trials. He has contributed to the AP, ABC, the BBC and Fox.

Nick has been recognized for his work by the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Nick is an avid duck hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys tinkering with old trucks and tractors and operating his ham radio.

On Twitter: @NickGale_WLS

Jennifer Keiper

Jennifer is proof that you can go home again. She returns to WLS-AM after almost seven years as Fox News Radio's first Midwest Correspondent.

In her 20+ years in Radio, Jennifer has covered Presidents, Capitol Hill hearings, EF-5 tornadoes and the near collapse of the U.S. Auto Industry. She traveled to London in 2011 to cover the Royal Wedding and reported from Berlin on the 20th Anniversary of President Reagan's 'Tear Down This Wall' Speech. Jennifer has also attended sessions at the European Union and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Jennifer has received a number of awards including an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for Best Newscast, various Associated Press recognitions, as well as IBA Silver Dome and Peter Lisagor awards.

After spending her early years in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Jennifer moved to the Chicago area in the 80's where she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and received a Bachelor and Masters degree from Columbia College Chicago.

Christopher Michael

Veteran News anchor, Christopher Michael will mark 50 years in broadcasting in 2017. His career has been entirely in the Chicago area, and has made stops at NBC, The Mutual Broadcasting System and now WLS. Over the years, he has won numerous radio news awards, and worked as a writer/editor for radio legend Paul Harvey. In addition to his work at WLS, Christopher is also the voice of two daily syndicated features, "The 60 Second Checkup" and "Rural Health Today". Christopher is married to wife Catherine, and is the proud father of two Australian Shepherds (Mister and Flicka) and a Friesian horse (Fideles) which his wife rides.

Jen DeSalvo

In January 2015, Jen joined the cast of "The Big John Howell Show" on WLS-AM 890, making the the move from co-host and traffic anchor of "The Ride Home with Robert Murphy," on sister station, 94.7 WLS-FM.

Prior to joining WLS, Jen worked as a traffic and news reporter for various radio and television stations in Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Omaha.

She began her journalism career in while attending college, as a contributing writer for the Joliet Herald, and also working as a radio news reporter for the Associated Press.

Jen is a graduate of Purdue University's Bachelor of Public Relations program, earned a Master's of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with an emphasis in digital media from Roosevelt University. She is skilled in web programming code and brand management, and is therefore the voice behind all WLS-AM 890 social media.

Jen is an advocate for animal welfare and humane education, hosting the CAN-TV show and speaking against animal cruelty in Chicago Public Schools and at Chicago Park District summer camps for PAWS Chicago.

She has raised thousands of dollars toward cancer research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society while serving as a endurance running coach and mentor for their Team In Training endurance program. Jen is also a running coach and mentor for third and fourth grade girls though Girls on the Run. In her free time, she enjoys participating in ultramarathon events.

Connect with Jen on Facebook, or share incidents you see on your daily commute with her on Twitter.

Christina Filiaggi

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.

Christina always loved radio, especially talk radio. Now, not many people can say they got their start in radio at Hooters... but, in the summer of 1993, Christina played hooky from her nine-to-five job to attend a remote broadcast of "The Steve Dahl & Garry Meier Show," which was at a Hooters. Soon after, Steve Dahl gave Christina her first industry job as his office manager. After learning the ropes, Christina began to work for WLUP as a producer for "The Steve Dahl Show" and she continued on as a producer for Steve's later shows on WMVP and WCKG. Eventually, Christina began to host the "Best of" shows -- and she was hooked!

In 1996, Christina was hired by Shadow Broadcast Services as a traffic reporter. Ironically, she started out working for WLS-AM radio on the overnight shift. Over the years you have heard Christina on over 20 Chicago area stations, including WLS, WBBM, WUSN, WCKG, WJMK, WSCR and WIND and she has also reported traffic on television for NBC5.

Christina can be heard once again in the afternoons from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on The Steve Dahl Show.

Ray Stagich

Weather Channel Meteorologist
Weekday Mornings 4am - 10am

Ray is a native of Saugerties, New York and has a BS in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Albany. Ray says "I have always been interested in weather. The driver was really my love for snow and winter sports (snowmobiling). That grew into more fascination with severe weather and eventually just became a TWC addict and watched some of the people I now WORK WITH while I was in High School and College! HA! (The real story is that I applied to 2 schools, 1 for Physical Education and 1 for Meteorology. I did not get accepted for meteorology the first time around, so thought I wanted to be a gym teacher. Obviously, that did not work out and transferred after my first year and got accepted."

Ray is an accredited member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society