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WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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CHICAGO (CBS) — WBBM Newsradio reporter John Cody will be honored next month with a lifetime achievement award from the Chicago Headline Club.

Chicago Tribune editorial board member Clarence Page will also receive the same award at the 36th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism banquet on May 3. From 1980 to 1984, Page worked as a reporter, producer and community affairs director at WBBM-TV.

Cody is an award-winning feature and investigative reporter who has uncovered fraud and corruption in both the public and private sectors, according to a news release from the Headline Club.

“As part of WBBM Newsradio’s investigative unit, Cody uncovered workman’s compensation abuses a state hospital and illegal state expenditures for political purposes. Both investigations, “Manteno: Workman’s Compensation Abuses” and “Illinois Remap Investigations,” resulted in further action by government agencies and successful prosecution,” the release said.

“His ability to condense a story–either breaking news or a press conference–into its simplest form creates outstanding radio journalism. Mr. Cody’s master storytelling abilities are best showcased in his human interest features. His feature reports include such diverse subjects as his first parachute jump and the National Camel and Ostrich Racing Championships in Carson City, Nevada.”

Cody joined WBBM as a writer/producer in 1967. From 1968 to 1970, he reported for Pacific Stars and Stripes while in Vietnam. He returned to WBBM, moving up to general assignment reporter in 1973.

Cody’s journalism career began in 1965 with a job at the City News Bureau of Chicago where he worked as a reporter, rewrite man and radio editor.