News anchor to host the Urban League ‘next’ series

Former Chicago news anchor Diann Burns will host the second season of the Emmy Award-winning TV series “ nextTV: Change You Can See,” starting April 11.

Former Chicago news anchor Diann Burns will host the second season of the Emmy Award-winning TV series “ nextTV: Change You Can See,” starting April 11. Herman Brewer, acting president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, said Burns’ involvement is a homecoming opportunity for her. “We are excited that Diann Burns is returning to Chicago television and that she’s doing it with our award winning series,” he said. “With Diann as our new host nextTV will raise the bar even higher and continue inspiring people to pursue their economic goals.”   Burns has been a part of Chicago as a news anchor for nearly 25 years. From 2003 to early 2008 she anchored news at CBS 2, and prior to that she was a co-anchor at ABC 7. Getting back into an anchor chair is something Burns said she is excited to do as host of the nextTV program. “I’m thrilled to host the second season of nextTV,” Burns said. “This partnership with the Chicago Urban League is a great opportunity to do what I love, in a different format, and give back to the community. I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact the Chicago Urban League has on the community and nextTV takes their mission to a whole new level-a level that’s very timely and exciting.” This season the program will continue its focus on following entrepreneurs in the Urban League’s intensive business accelerator program. Also returning is the career makeover feature, money matters segments, and new features on going green and “doing good in the hood,” that will highlight people who are driving positive change in the community. The show, which was developed by the Chicago Urban League, will air 8 a.m. Sundays on FOX with an encore showing at 12:30 p.m. on WPWR Ch. 50. The new season of the fast-paced, reality-style program that showcases the economic empowerment work of the Chicago Urban League will air 13 episodes this year. In addition to hosting the second season of nextTV, Diann Burns will moderate a roundtable discussion at the Chicago Urban League’s April 8 spring summit. The summit, that focuses on the link between education and economic empowerment, features panel discussions with corporate executives such as Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Investments; Julianne Malveaux, president, Bennett College for Women; Ron Huberman, CEO, Chicago Public Schools; and Valarie King-Bailey, CEO, OnShore Technology Group.

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