Tyra Whitney has been named weekend morning news producer, ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS, it was announced by Jennifer Graves, Vice President of News, ABC 7 Chicago. Whitney’s first day at ABC 7 Chicago is Monday, June 7.
According to Graves, “Tyra is a knowledgeable and dynamic news professional who has earned the respect of her managers and colleagues. Her experience and passion for news will be a valuable asset to our team.”
Prior to joining ABC 7, Tyra served as supervising producer at NewsNation in Chicago for a year. In that role, she’s produced one hour of the three-hour nightly primetime newscasts. Before joining NewsNation, Whitney worked at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia where she was a newscast producer, investigative producer and specials producer. During her tenure at WRIC-TV, Whitney and the team won seven Associated Press Awards in 2019 including one for continuing coverage of the capitol crisis and the scandal surrounding Governor Ralph Northam.
Whitney also worked at WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia in production roles and served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Union University in Richmond.
Whitney said, “I went into news because I grew up in a news watching household. Everyday my family and I were watching the 5:00 news while my mom made dinner. Glued to the news during 9/11 and worrying about a family member in the tower, I realized how crucial TV news was to our family and our community.”
Whitney is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She’s a sports fan, loves dance, choreography, cooking reading, collecting vinyl records and spending time with her family.