Each weekday, Val brings fun to daytime television covering everything Chicago from politics to celebrity interviews and fashion, to what's on people's mind around town.
Val knows how to get the best out of an interview and is just as comfortable interviewing the stars as she is with those who are not household names including the Four Star Chicagoans featured weekly on Windy City LIVE. Some of her favorite celebrity interviews include Robin Roberts, Barbara Walters, Chance the Rapper, Common, Jane Lynch, Anthony Anderson, Barry Manilow and David Muir.
Val doesn't shy away from tackling serious topics like race, child predators and body image. Her considerable skill as an interviewer and the trust she has earned in the community garnered two exclusive interviews others were unable to secure including: the first interview with Spike Lee before his controversial movie was released and the first and only interview with Karla Lee, the mother of slain 9-year-old, Tyshawn Lee. Her talent as host and interviewer contributed to Windy City LIVE winning three prestigious Chicago Emmy Awards for shows on bullying, breast cancer and stopping violence in Chicago. She won another Emmy for her role in ABC 7's New Year's special, COUNTDOWN CHICAGO.
Val also contributes to ABC 7 Chicago programming efforts and has served as a co-host of ABC 7's Chicago Lights Festival and the annual Bud Billiken Parade.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Valerie's family roots are here in Chicago. Now that Val is back home with all her family, she's busy raising her two young children, Zoe and Max and enjoying Kobe, their Shih Tzu. Val's family is her main focus. So when you don't see her on TV, you may find her on the sidelines of a soccer field or a cheerleading court cheering on her son and daughter.
Val knows the importance of giving back to the community. She volunteers her free time helping numerous charitable organizations throughout the Chicago area including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chicago Bulls Charities, and the South Suburban Family Shelter, among others. She has received many honors for her community service.
Val received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1996.