WTTW News announced that Angel Idowu will join the staff of “Chicago Tonight” as the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent, effective July 15.
Idowu comes to WTTW from WJTV12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi, where she served as a reporter/producer – conducting interviews; writing, shooting, and editing stories; and reporting breaking local news. Prior to that, she served as a digital correspondent for Pretoria News, South Africa, and as a Capitol Hill reporter for Medill News Service in Washington, D.C.
In her new role with WTTW News, Idowu will apply her skill as an innovative storyteller to the reporting and production of “Chicago Tonight’s”on-air and digital content, covering the gamut of the city’s rich and diverse arts scene.
“We are delighted to welcome Angel to our team,” said Mary Field, executive producer of “Chicago Tonight.” “Having a reporter covering arts full-time is an important addition to the staff, and Angel’s energy, enthusiasm, and creative ideas will be great assets to our program.”
“To say I am excited to return to my hometown to cover the arts world is an understatement,” said Idowu. “I spent my childhood immersed in all that the Chicago arts scene has to offer, whether it be dancing at the Joffrey Ballet, musical theater at Mother McAuley, or writing for the Chicago Tribune’s ‘The Mash.’ In between assignments and rehearsals, I spent all the time I could exploring Chicago’s hidden treasures. Every neighborhood tells stories that most have to travel the world to hear.”
“The JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation is thrilled to make possible this major expansion of WTTW’s arts coverage,” said Dave McGowan, DuPage Foundation President and CEO. “We know audiences will enjoy Angel’s unique contributions to Chicago Tonight, and we look forward to enhancing our community’s continued appreciation for the arts.”
Idowu is a graduate of Beloit College and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.