Linda Yu Biography – Linda Yu Wiki
Linda Yu is a Chinese-American former news anchor and author. She is famously known as co-anchor on the Eyewitness newscast for WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois from April 1984 to November 2016. In Chicago, she was the first Asian–American broadcast journalist to start her news career at WMAQ-TV in 1979. She has been awarded five local Emmy Awards for her broadcasting work, including one for her report that examined the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001. She was honored with a National Gold Medal from the National Conference of Community and Justice in 1984 for her documentary, “The Scars of Belfast”.
Her career in broadcasting started in 1970 as a writer and producer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and as a writer for ABC O&O KABC-TV also in Los Angeles. She relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1975, where she became a reporter for KATU-TV. After some months in Oregon, she went back to California and worked as a general assignment reporter and back-up anchor for ABC O&O KGO-TV in San Francisco, working until 1979. In August 1977, she did a news report that helped with the introduction of state legislation to protect residents from uninsured motorists.
In early 1979 she moved to Chicago and began working at NBC’s WMAQ-TV in June 1979. She was a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor. By February 1980, she started working as co-anchor on the 4:30 and 10 PM newscasts alongside Ron Magers. In May 1981, she was awarded Emmy for a special newscast on the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Her second Emmy award came in 1982 for her report and coverage of a construction accident in Chicago’s downtown Loop. As of November 1983, she became disturbed with WMAQ-TV’s management and ended her five-year career with the station in March 1984. In April 1984, she went to work with the WLS-TV (ABC 7 Chicago) station as co-anchor of the station’s 4 PM newscast most of the time alongside news anchor Joel Daly until he retired in 2005.
She also worked as co-anchor for the 30-minute 11:30 AM newscast alongside Sylvia Perez, from 1992 until the now hour-long 11 AM newscast was canceled in 2013. In 1987, she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement within a Regularly Scheduled News Program, Spot Coverage. Together with Perez, they were the first women in the Chicago market to co-anchor a newscast. On September 6, 2016, she announced her retirement from WLS-TV and TV news after 46 years in news and 37 years in the Chicago market. Her last news broadcast was in November 23 at 4 PM. Earlier on that day, Windy City Live (an ABC 7 program) aired a tribute show to her where her friends, family, co-workers, and former co-workers reviewed and celebrated her career as well as her personal contributions to the city.
She was a graduate from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1968.
Linda Yu Age
She was born on December 1, 1946, in Xi’an, China.
Linda Yu Husband
She was married to her ex-husband Dr. Richard Baer, a psychiatrist, on June 12, 1982, at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 1996.
Linda Yu Children
She has two children, a son called Ricky Baer born in July 1985, and a daughter called Francesca Baer born in February 1989. Francesca is an actress.
Linda Yu Family
Her family initially originated from Xian, China, then they moved to Hong Kong when she was three and later migrated to the United States in 1951. When they arrived in the States, she only spoke only Mandarin. Together with her family, for four years, they lived in Pennsylvania then Indiana for two, and finally settled in California when she was 12.
Linda Yu Nationality
She is of American and Chinese nationality.