Alan Krashesky
Alan Krashesky has reported and shared major news stories with Chicago viewers for more than 36 years.

The veteran news anchor and reporter co-anchors three of ABC 7's top-rated weekday newscasts: The 5 PM newscasts and the 6 PM newscasts, positions he has held since March 1998. In May of 2016, he also became co-anchor of the station's top rated 10 PM newscast alongside Cheryl Burton.

Krashesky is well-known and respected for both his news anchoring and news reporting. He previously co-anchored ABC 7's 4 PM weekday newscasts (2005-2016), the 5 PM weekday newscasts (1994-98) and its morning newscasts (1989-94). In fact, he was the first anchor of ABC 7's weekday morning news program. Every newscast he has anchored has consistently been rated No. 1 in the Chicago market. He joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 1982.

Krashesky's reporting in Chicago and abroad has earned high praise. He is considered one of the top reporters in the market to cover major domestic and international stories, and has been lauded in particular, for his coverage of the Roman Catholic Church. Chicagoans will recall his in-depth coverage of the election of Pope Francis as well as the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. He covered the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, as well as the beatification of Pope John Paul II in 2011.

His local reporting has earned a number of Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards. Earlier in his career, Krashesky served as a news reporter and weathercaster for KTBC-TV in Austin, TX (1982). Prior to his work at KTBC, he was a news reporter, weathercaster and weekend sports anchor at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, NY (1981).

Krashesky gained his first broadcasting experience in college, when he was a news anchor on WICB-FM radio in Ithaca, N.Y (1979-81).

In addition to his career accomplishments, Krashesky has a long and outstanding history of volunteering his personal time to community service. He serves as a mentor for students interested in broadcast journalism and is a local spokesperson for Alzheimer's disease. He is also a member of the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Chicago Headline Club Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Krashesky was born in Philadelphia, PA, but attended the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA, a residential school for children with financial and social need. The school honored him as Alumnus of the Year in 2005. He graduated with honors from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY with a B.S. in Communications Management in 1981.

He and his wife have three adult children.







Alan's Stories
Auschwitz Concentration Camp survivor Fritzie Fritzshall dies at age 91
A Chicago area woman who dedicated her life to fighting against hatred has died.
Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall, Cardinal Blase Cupich share hate speech concerns
The rise of hate speech and hate-driven violence has continued unabated into 2021, which has Cardinal Cupich and Holocaust Survivor Fritzie Fritzshall concerned.
Simon Wiesenthal Center's mobile museum will teach tolerance at Illinois schools
A new museum is opening soon in Illinois that is quite different because it rolls on wheels. The Mobile Museum of Tolerance is on its way to schools across Illinois with a significant purpose: to encourage tolerance and end hate.
Brothers accusing St. Sabina pastor Father Pfleger of alleged sex abuse decades ago speak out
The two brothers alleging they were sexually abused by St. Sabina pastor Father Michael Plfeger more than 40 years ago are speaking out for the first time.
Vatican leadership, including Pope John Paul II, knew about former Cardinal McCarrick abuse allegations
McCarrick was defrocked last year after a Vatican investigation confirmed he abused adults and children.
Chicago coronavirus testing locations mostly equally accessible across races, data analysis shows
While many cities are struggling to reach Black and Latinx communities for COVID-19 testing, data shows Chicago testing is mostly equally accessible across races.
Cardinal Blase Cupich plans gradual reopening for Chicago Roman Catholic churches
After laying out his gradual reopening plan, Cardinal Blase Cupich says Chicago Catholics should not expect church as usual.
Illinois coronavirus update: Judge orders more social distancing at Cook County Jail
A federal judge has ruled COVID-19 safety changes at the Cook County Jail must remain in place while new social distancing is ordered to keep detainees and jail personnel safe.
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich urges 'a new sense of solidarity' in face of COVID-19 pandemic
As COVID-19 deaths and reported infections continue to increase each day in Illinois, Chicago Roman Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich urged communities to unite even when physically isolated.
Food pantries, volunteers brace for a 'tidal wave' of need during COVID-19 pandemic
With eight times the typical number of people filing for unemployment last week, food pantries know it is going to stress the system.