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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

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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.

Lauren Cohn

Lauren Cohn is a three time Emmy nominated journalist with more than three decades of experience in TV, radio and print. Lauren has worked all across the country for local and national news outlets in major markets covering every beat including Politics, Business, Consumer, Health, Education and Breaking News. Her coverage has taken her all over the world including The 2004 Olympic games, a travel show in Bali Indonesia, Hurricane Irene and Sandy and more. The majority of Lauren’s career has been spent in Chicago working for ABC7, CBS2, FOX32, WYCC PBS Chicago and WLSAM890. Lauren also followed her passion and became a certified holistic health coach after years of covering medical stories. She is a big advocate for prevention and wellness. In her time off while still a news junkie, Lauren loves to travel and explore other cultures and remains a sports enthusiast.

Ray Stagich

Weather Channel Meteorologist
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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.