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