Linda Yu transitions off 7 PM newscast; Cheryl Burton expands role

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CHICAGO (NEWS RELEASE) (WLS) -- Linda Yu, ABC 7 Chicago's 4 and 7 PM news anchor transitions off 7 PM newscast on WCIU; ABC7 anchor Cheryl Burton's role expands to primetime newscast.

Linda Yu, Chicago's veteran broadcast journalist will continue on the station's 4 pm newscast while transitioning off the 7 PM newscast on WCIU, The U. Her final day co-anchoring the 7 PM newscast is Tuesday, April 5. Yu helped launch the primetime 7 PM newscast with co-anchor Hosea Sanders, meteorologist Cheryl Scott and sports anchor Jim Rose on January 12, 2015 as the result of a partnership between ABC 7 and WCIU. WCIU, The U, is the flagship station of Weigel Broadcasting. Cheryl Burton, whose anchor duties include ABC 7's top-rated 5 and 10 PM newscasts, will add the hour-long 7 PM newscast on WCIU to her assignments beginning April 6, 2016.

Yu said, "My goal was to launch this new primetime newscast on WCIU and help it find an audience; I think our team has accomplished that. Knowing the newscast will be in good hands with Cheryl Burton, I now have the luxury of a little more time to work on writing my 2nd book while pursuing other interests."

Yu recently published her first book/memoir, Lessons I Learned in America, written in Chinese, as a guide to help young Chinese women in the global workplace. Yu is about to sign a new book deal with a leading Chinese publisher to feature unique stories of prominent Asian woman entrepreneurs, political and cultural icons in the United States.

Cheryl Burton, a native Chicagoan and prominent contributor to ABC 7 Eyewitness News's success in the market, is expanding her role. According to Jennifer Graves, Vice President and News Director, "Linda has done a great job getting the 7 pm newscast established and I thank her for her effort. Like Linda, Cheryl Burton is one of the most recognizable and admired news anchors in Chicago and I have no doubt the audience will wish Linda well while welcoming another familiar face in Cheryl."

Cheryl Burton said, "It's an honor to work with Linda at ABC 7 and I'm excited about stepping into a new, additional role anchoring the 7 pm newscast. It's also a great opportunity to connect with Chicago audiences in primetime on our partner station. The blessing and icing on the cake is teaming up with Hosea, Jim and Cheryl."

WCIU, The U, is on WCIU-TV HD 26.1, Comcast XFINITY 13/26 and HD 183, RCN 6, RCN HD 606, WOW 10, WOW HD 207, AT&T U-verse 10, AT&T U-verse HD 1010, DIRECTV HD 26/967 and Dish Network 26.