Take 1 With Bill Cameron


Bill Cameron, who until the demise of WMAQ Radio was its political editor, is considered the “dean” of radio political reporters in Chicago. 

He joined the Chicago City Hall beat in 1970. 

He has hosted and produced weekly public affairs programs, including “Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron” and the current “Take 1 with Bill Cameron” Sundays on 890 WLS-AM from 5pm-6pm, featuring leading newsmakers and political reporters. 

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, Mayor Daley the son, “Rahmbo” Rahm Emanuel and now Lori Lightfoot. 

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 governors and other politicians to prison.

His audio archive of these events, plus humor and songs of Chicago politics give WLS an added dimension. From this archive, Bill reported and produced four albums, “Mayor Daley on the Record”, “Remembering Harold” “Blago’s Greatest Hits” and “Mayor Daley’s Greatest Hits”. 

Bill is the winner of two Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio & Television News Directors Association, shared in a Peabody Award, 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.


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