Ryan Baker

baker Ryan BakerRyan Baker serves as CBS 2 Chicago′s lead sports anchor on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts.

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Baker joined CBS 2 Chicago from WMAQ-TV in Chicago, where he had worked as an anchor and reporter since 2003. He served as the host of the Chicago Bears pregame and postgame shows and as host of the Bruce Weber Coach’s Show on the Big Ten Network. Baker’s recent career highlights include reporting from Athens during the 2004 Olympics. In 2005, he covered the University of Illinois’ run to the Final Four and the White Sox’s historic World Series win. In 2007, he anchored and reported live from Miami during the Bears’ Super Bowl run.


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Before working in Chicago, Baker was a sports anchor at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., from 1995-2003. Previously he also worked at KFMB-TV in San Diego and in Champaign, Ill,. at WCIA-TV and WICD-TV.

Baker is active with the Chicago chapter of the American Diabetes Association and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He grew up in the south suburbs and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991.

Jared Allen #69 of the Chicago Bears rallies his teammates in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jared Allen Keeps Passion For Helping Wounded Warriors

Five-time Pro Bowler Jared Allen is among the top ten sack leaders in NFL history, but he has just as much passion for his work off the field as he does for football.

12/10/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Thibodeau Setting Tone For Bulls By Turning Up The Attitude

“Do your job!” is Tom Thibodeau’s trademark phrase.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Kyle Fuller runs back an interception against the San Francisco 49ers. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Glass Is Half Fuller For Bears

It didn’t take Kyle Fuller long to show us that the new kid on the block isn’t the one to be messed with.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2014

The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, from Chicago, celebrate following their 7-5 win over Las Vegas during the United States championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on Aug. 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pa.  (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Best Coaching Job Needs To Lie Ahead For JRW Boys

The Jackie Robinson West boys were an inspiration, bringing joy to so many.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2014

Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky visits with Special Olympics athletes during a basketball skills clinic on November 12, 2013 at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chicago Sky Player Is All-Star Off The Court

Elena Delle Donne has spent her entire life preparing for her new role as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. Her older sister, Lizzie, was born with autism, cerebral palsy, and is both blind and deaf. CBS 2’s Ryan Baker reports.

02/07/2014

Pat Fitzgerald

Baker’s Dozen: Slogans Of UI, NU Sound Childish When Wins Don’t Follow

Enough with the rhetoric, Illinois and Northwestern. Win some games first.

CBS 2–02/07/2014

Kain Colter. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: It’s Time To Pay The Collegiate Workforce

Northwestern football seeking to unionize is the right move.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2014

Derrick Rose. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Time Will Tell Where Rose’s Legacy Ends Up

By Ryan Baker- (CBS) As many of us we gather around the table on Thursday to count our blessings, I’m sure the cynical Chicago sports fan in us will be secretly saying to ourselves, “thanks for nothing.” Such a […]

11/25/2013

Marc Trestman talks with Josh McCown and jay Cutler. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Cutler Can’t Win With Bears Fans

Jay Cutler can’t win for losing.

CBS 2–11/08/2013

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

Baker’s Dozen: Pro Athletes Need To Step Up Off The Field, Too

Two months ago my wife said six words to me that changed my life forever. “You’re going to be a Daddy.”

CBS 2–10/18/2013

Derrick Rose. (Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Sneaker Drama Nothing New For Bulls

The Bulls dealt with Nike and Jordan. Now it’s Adidas and Rose.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2013

Soldier Field. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Baker: Chicago Messed Up With Soldier Field

I can’t help but be frustrated by all of the money Chicago has left on the table by being so shortsighted.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

Pat Fitzgerald. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: Coach Fitz Turning NU Into Real Contender

I look forward to you joining me in my kitchen as I cook up my thoughts on an smorgasbord of topics.

CBS 2–09/06/2013

Ronnie Fields (CBS)

Documentary Charts Ups And Downs Of Former Farragut Phenom

Ronnie Fields is sharing his story in a documentary entitled “Bounce Back.”

07/11/2013

Kyle Korver

Korver Using Down Time To Focus On T-Shirt Line

Even though he’s currently out of work while his day job is shut down, Kyle Korver’s T-Shirt company is open for business.

CBS 2–07/19/2011