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Kris Kridel Signs Off from WBBM/Chicago After 34 Years


Kris Kridel
Kris Kridel

WBBM/Chicago's newsroom said goodbye to longtime reporter and anchor Kris Kridel, as she's signing off and hanging up her microphone after 34 years. During her career, Kridel has covered just about every event imaginable, anchored both midday and afternoon drive and filled in during mornings. Kridel is a founding member of the "WBBM Noon Business Hour," where she co-anchored since its beginning in 2001. She was also a staple on election nights.

"She's been the consummate journalist, our go-to person for any discussion of ethics and how best to cover stories," said Program Director Ron Gleason. "We will miss her dearly, but are excited she'll be able to travel and enjoy much more time with her family and friends."

Former WBBM Noon Business Hour anchor Sherman Kaplan joined in on the show to say goodbye to Kridel and offer her some advice on retirement. He shared what he will remember about the show and its beginning.

"Kris and I happened to be in the right place at the right time - we all had a common vision," said Kaplan. "Kris and I can feel secure that what we helped to create is going to last far beyond us in the broadcast world." Kaplan also touted the hard work of producer Andy Giersher, who has been with the show for 12 years. Kaplan said it would not be as good without Giersher's connections in the industry.

"It's hard to say goodbye," Kridel said at the end of the Noon Business Hour show Monday.

"On behalf of all of Chicago, thank you for 34 excellent years here," said co-anchor Cotto.

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