Kris Kridel Signs Off From WBBM Newsradio

June 07, 2019 - 3:27 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Today, the WBBM newsroom said goodbye to one of our most loved and longtime reporter and anchor, Kris Kridel.

After 34 years, Kridel is signing off and hanging up her microphone.

During her career, she has covered just about every event imaginable, anchored both mid-day and afternoon drive and filled in 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," Kaplan said. "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 today. 

Our staff joined Kridel and Cotto in the studio for a proper sendoff. Coworkers expressed their gratitude, guidance and mentorship from Kridel over the years, and how much we will miss her. 

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

The Noon Business Hour first aired on March 12, 2001 and has been going strong since then. Sherman Kaplan was Kridel's co-anchor until he retired in 2014; Cisco Cotto took his place and will continue to run the show. His new co-host is to be determined.

As anchor-reporter at WBBM, Kridel has won awards for Best Reporter, Feature, Newscast and Documentary from AP and UPI; a 1991 National Headliner Award, Peter Lisagor and RTNDA reporting awards.

WBBM has a big sendoff for Kris Kridel, who has been with us for 34 years. Photo: Ariel Parrella-Aureli

Her writing and reporting were featured in Ted White's 1993 book, "Broadcast Newswriting and Reporting."  Kris received her BA at Ohio University and her Master's Degree in Journalism from Ohio State University in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting, led by the eminent Stuart Loory.

Before joining WBBM, Kris worked as reporter-anchor at WCOL in Columbus, and, in Chicago, anchor/reporter/news director at WFYR. Kris has also taught journalism at Loyola University in Chicago.