During her career in Chicago, Yu has earned five local Emmy awards. Most recently, she won an Emmy for her contributions to a primetime special, "Chicago's Road to China," exploring the Chicago connections to that fast growing Asian economy. She was also honored with an Emmy for her work examining the aftermath of 9/11. In 1987, she received the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement within a Regularly Scheduled News Program, Spot Coverage. In 1982, she won for her coverage of a construction accident in Chicago's loop, and in 1981, she received the Emmy for a special newscast on the assassination attempt on President Reagan. Yu also was honored with a National Gold Medal from the National Conference of Community and Justice for her documentary, "The Scars of Belfast" in 1984.
Prior to joining ABC 7 Chicago, Yu served as the co-anchor for WMAQ-TV/Chicago's 4:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts (1980-84). She joined the station in 1979 as a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor.
Before arriving in Chicago, Yu worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at KGO-TV, the ABC-owned station in San Francisco, Calif. (1975-79). During her time at KGO-TV, her report on uninsured motorists prompted the introduction of state legislation to protect residents from these drivers. Prior to this, Yu was a reporter at KATU-TV in Portland, Ore. (1975).
She began her broadcasting career at KTLA-TV and KABC-TV, the ABC-owned station in Los Angeles, Calif.
Yu serves on the board of the Juvenile Protective Association, and is the Advisory Board Chairperson for the Chinese American Service League. She is also a co-founder of the Chicago Chapter of the Asian-American Journalists Association.
Born in Xian, China, Yu moved with her family to Hong Kong when she was two years old. They immigrated to the United States three years later, first to Pennsylvania, then to Indiana, and finally to California.
Yu graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1968. She resides in Chicago with her children.
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