Journalist Marin is leaving the business of TV news
Carol Marin, one of Chicago’s most honored and respected journalist,s will be stepping down as political editor at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 and correspondent for “Chicago Tonight” at Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11 after she covers the presidential election Nov. 3.
“It’s time to get off the stage. Everybody needs to know the time for the last performance. I’ve had a great run, but I want to walk off the news stage when I feel great about it still, when I’ve got great relationships still, and when I feel the work is solid. I always wanted to be the one to decide the time, and I’m grateful to be able to do that.
“I’m not calling it a retirement, but it is a changing of chapters.”
However, she will be continuing as co-director of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul University, which she co-founded in 2016.
Marin’s first stint at NBC 5 as news anchor and reporter ran from 1978 to 1997. She rejoined the station as a special investigative reporter in 2004 and was promoted to political editor in 2006. In 1972 Marin was hired as a talk show host and reporter at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Later, she moved to WSMV the NBC affiliate in Nashville, as a news anchor and reporter. In 1978 she came home to Chicago to join NBC 5 as a news anchor and investigative reporter.
She has also worked as a political columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times.
Marin is the recipient of major awards in broadcast journalism, receiving three George Foster Peabody Awards, two duPont-Columbia Awards, a George Polk Award, two national Emmy Awards, and at least 15 regional Emmy Awards.
She has also been inducted in the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Marin is also planning to work on two book projects with Don Moseley, co-director of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul University and Marin’s longtime producer and reporting collaborator. He will also be leaving as an investigative producer at NBC 5.