CHICAGO (CBS) – On September 22, CBS 2 Chicago (WBBM-TV) will begin broadcasting local weekend morning newscasts.
The CBS 2 Chicago Weekend Morning News will air Saturday mornings from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and Sunday mornings from 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Bruno Cohen, President and General Manager, CBS 2 Chicago, and Jeff Kiernan, Vice President and News Director, CBS 2 Chicago, made the announcement today during a station meeting in the newsroom. The newscasts will be anchored by Marissa Bailey and include weather reports by meteorologist Ed Curran and field reports by Courtney Gousman.
Bailey joined CBS 2 in March of this year as a general assignment reporter for the station’s weekday evening newscasts. She previously worked for WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, New York, where she was the solo anchor for the WGRZ-produced 10 p.m. newscasts that aired on WNYO-TV, the market’s MyNetworkTV affiliate; and a general assignment reporter for WGRZ’s 11 p.m. newscasts.
Curran returned to CBS 2 in May of this year as a fill-in weather reporter, after having previously served as a weather anchor/reporter for the station from 2002-10.
A Chicago native and graduate of Whitney Young High School, Gousman joined CBS 2 in June of this year after having served as a reporter and anchor at KSDK-TV in St. Louis.
In May 2012, CBS 2 delivered its best late news ratings since 2004 and grew its audience more than any other station in the market. Among households, the audience increased by 14% and among adults 25-54, viewership increased by 40%.
“Our hard work is paying off and viewers are responding to our efforts,” Kiernan said. “By returning to local weekend morning newscasts this fall, we look forward to serving an even larger audience.”
On Saturdays, the local newscast will be followed by children’s programming. On Sundays, the station’s morning news will precede the award-winning CBS News programs “CBS Sunday Morning” and “Face the Nation.”