As an ABC 7 news reporter, Davies has covered general assignment and feature stories. She has traveled the world, covering such diverse stories from the British Royal family, to the endangered species of Kenya to Israeli reaction in Jerusalem during the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. She has also reported from the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards and International Fashion's Pret a Porter in Paris, France. In addition, she has been the co-anchor of the ABC 7 Weekend Morning News.
Besides 190 North, her other local program duties include co-host/executive producer of two #1 rated live broadcasts: "Countdown Chicago" on New Year's Eve, which is the highest rated local program in Chicago, and the nationally syndicated "Magnificent Mile Lights Festival," in addition to hosting the Columbus Day, St. Patrick's and Pride parade broadcasts.
Previously, Davies produced and hosted "Janet Davies Interviews" a web chat show with iconic Chicagoans and the former magazine shows "Eye on Chicago," "WLS Presents," and "Chicago Stories."
Davies has also created programs that have explored the various accomplishments of Chicago's Latino and African-American communities. Her Black History Month documentary "Re-discovering a Black Pioneer's Dream" was placed in the permanent collection of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois.
Davies came to ABC 7 from WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., where she co-hosted, co-produced, and wrote for the #1 rated local talk show "A.M. Philadelphia" while providing features for the news department. Previously, Davies hosted/produced the half-hour magazine show, "Front Page Saturday Night" at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, and hosted "Columbus Alive" on Warner Cable's Qube-TV - broadcasting's first interactive cable talk show.
Davies began her broadcasting career at Cincinnati's WKRC-TV as general assignment reporter and noon news weather anchor. She eventually became weekend anchor and City Hall reporter for Eyewitness 12 News. Davies later was tapped to serve as co-host and executive producer for Cincinnati's Emmy award winning "PM Magazine."
Nominated for 73 regional Emmys, Davies has captured 16 awards for hosting, producing, writing and reporting. She was a 2013 inductee into the Chicago Television Academy's Silver Circle for recognition of her significant contributions to local broadcasting and has won three Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Also, she received an Iris Award for children's programming from the National Association of Television Program Executives.
Other honors included The Chicago League of Theaters' prestigious Tribute Award, The Legend Award from the Chicago International film Festival, the DaVinci Award for outstanding media from the Order Sons of Italy, the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and Trailblazer Award from Women Empowered for coverage of the African-American community.
Highlights of her numerous charity endeavors - Davies developed and served on the Corporate Board of Directors for Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago and was the co-host for the Hospital's annual Miracle Network Telethon for 27 years. She also works with the Leukemia Research Foundation, having created their successful annual 5K race. Plus, Davies has been the Chicago Ambassador for CARE, the global poverty organization, working in India on documenting their programs and lobbying on Capitol Hill for increased funding for USAID.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Davies was raised in Cincinnati and holds dual U.S. and Irish citizenship. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Davies, her husband, and her children reside on Chicago's North Side.
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