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Chicago Journalists Association to honor Burton

October 28, 2019

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Cheryl Burton

Cheryl Burton, longtime Chicago news anchor, has been named recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

Burton, who anchors the top-rated 5 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 with Alan Krashesky, will be honored Nov. 15 at the association’s 80th anniversary awards dinner. She joined ABC 7 in 1992 from KWCH.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive.

“We’re proud to honor a journalist who has quietly and steadily achieved career highs over the course of 27 years at ABC 7 — from her start as weekend co-anchor/reporter to last year’s promotion to anchor of Chicago’s most watched evening news show,” said Maudlyne Ihejirika, CJA president and Sun-Times columnist.

“Chicago has watched a career built on hard work and merit and conscientious commitment to diverse narratives, with a strong sprinkling of resilience and humility, and firm dedication to giving back through service work with myriad organizations,” she said.

Burton is a South Side native and graduate of Lindblom Technical High School in Englewood and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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