Chicago Defender now on TV

This month marks 106 years the Chicago Defender has delivered the news and today is a defining moment in history.

This month marks 106 years the Chicago Defender has delivered the news and today is a defining moment in history.

The “Defender Reports” is the first time the Chicago Defender news you enjoy weekly in print and daily online is now available on television.

The half-hour weekly show debuted May 12 at 7 a.m. on Cable 25 on Comcast with host Lou Ransom, Defender Executive Editor and correspondent Kathy Chaney, Defender Web Editor. “Defender Reports” airs on Thursdays at 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

“The debut of the “Defender Reports” on Cable 25 is another milestone in the continuing growth of the Chicago Defender newspaper’s history in Chicago and throughout the U.S. the program will provide another opportunity to cover issues of importance to the large African American population in Chicago. We invite you to tune in and provide us with your comments on the show (via email: online@chicagodefender.com or on Twitter: @ChiDefender) and what you would like to see on future shows,” said Michael House, President/Publisher of the Chicago Defender.

On May 5, 1905 in Chicago, Robert S. Abbott printed the first copies of the Chicago Defender. His goal was to show different aspects of African American life that mainstream papers didn’t cover.

The newspaper was a catalyst for what is known as the Great Migration from the South. Between 1916 and 1970 over 7 million Blacks left the South and relocated in the North. During that period, the Black population grew in Chicago from 2 percent to 33 percent.

Many came as a direct result of what they learned by reading the Chicago Defender.

“I’m excited to see the Defender newspaper expand its reach beyond the city and I’m glad to be a partner on the program,” said Lorraine Render, senior producer of Cable 25.

Cable 25 is an award-winning cable channel administered by the City of Chicago. It produces shows highlighting local interests and businesses.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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