Ryan Baker

baker new 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.

‘Beisbol’ Exhibit Highlights African American And Hispanic Ballplayers

A key figure of the artifacts is Sox great Minnie Minoso, the first black Cuban in the major leagues

08/09/2018

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Is Brian Urlacher Nervous About Pro Hall Of Fame Induction Speech?

Ahead of tomorrow’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Bears great Brian Urlacher tells CBS 2 if he thinks he’ll be nervous for his enshrinement speech and if comparisons to fellow 2018 Hall of Fame class inductee Ray Lewis matter anymore.

08/03/2018

Big 10 Day Triggers Excitement For College Football Season

Northwestern Wildcats and the Fighting Illini were spotlighted at Chicago’s Big 10 College Football Media Day

07/24/2018

Brian Urlacher Shares Thoughts On Pro Football Hall Of Fame Induction

CBS 2’s Ryan Baker sat down with Brian Urlacher to chat about a celebrity golf tournament, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction, and his thoughts on the current Bears.

07/12/2018

Bulls Pick Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. In 7th Pick In NBA Draft

Instead of moving up in the draft like they did last year, the Bulls stayed put at seventh and got their man in Wendell Carter, Jr. 

06/21/2018

Basketball Hall Of Famer Isiah Thomas Starts Champagne Business

Isiah Thomas, the west-side born and raised basketball hall of famer, stopped by CBS 2 to talk about his latest business venture.

05/14/2018

Loyola Players Reflect On The Loss, Incredible Season

The Ramblers reflected on the game, their unforgettable journey, the pride for the program, the school and the city that cheered them on.  

04/01/2018

Loyola Ready For Saturday’s Final Four Game

It’s easy to feel the energy, excitement and anticipation building in the Alamodome.

03/31/2018

Sister Jean Basks In Spotlight At Final Four: ‘Looked Like Tom Brady At Super Bowl’

“We want the world to know who she is because she’s an amazing person and she inspires all of us.”

03/30/2018

Barkley On Loyola’s Game And Sister Jean

An NBA legend has a few thoughts about Loyola’s ascension and the team’s spiritual secret weapon.

03/30/2018

Ramblers Get Support From NBA Star

The Loyola players are seeing their faces plastered everywhere they turn.

03/29/2018

The Ramblers Rumble To The Final Four

“This is a special group. We’re like a family, a brotherhood and that’s why we’re here. It’s no fluke.”

03/25/2018

Loyola Fans Excited About Elite Eight Game

“This is a community and there’s a spirit that you want when you come to college. We haven’t had it for a while,” says one fan.

03/24/2018

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

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

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

10/31/2014

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.

09/16/2014

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.

09/03/2014

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

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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

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

Northwestern football seeking to unionize is the right move.

01/31/2014

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 cold and callous attitude seems a bit ungrateful considering the city is still celebrating another Stanley Cup Championship, not to mention the […]

11/25/2013

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

Jay Cutler can’t win for losing.

CBS 2–11/08/2013

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

Baker’s Dozen: Sneaker Drama Nothing New For Bulls

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

09/27/2013

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.

09/13/2013

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

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