Linda Yu Biography
Linda Yu is an Asian-American former news anchor and author, born on December 1, 1946 in Xian, China. Yu is best known as co-anchor on the Eyewitness newscast for WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois from April 1984 to November 2016. Yu became Chicago’s first Asian–American broadcast journalist when she began her news career in Chicago at WMAQ-TV in 1979.
Yu moved to Hong Kong with her family at age three; later migrating to the United States in 1951. Once in the United States, Yu and her family lived in Pennsylvania for four years, Indiana for two, and finally settling in California when Yu was twelve years old. Yu graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1968.
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He was born on December 1, 1946.
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Yu married Dr. Richard Baer, a psychiatrist on June 12, 1982 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. Yu and Baer divorced in 1996.
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Yu has two children, a son Ricky, born in August 1985 and a daughter, Francesca, born in February 1988.
Linda Yu Career
Yu’s began her career in broadcasting in 1970 where she became a writer and producer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and then as a writer for ABC O & O KABC-TV also in Los Angeles. In early–1975, Yu moved to Portland, Oregon where she had a brief stint as a reporter for KATU-TV. After a few months in Oregon, Yu moved back to California where she landed a job as general assignment reporter and back–up anchor at KGO-TV, in San Francisco; where she worked until 1979. In August 1977, A news report Yu did help with the introduction of state legislation to protect residents from uninsured motorists.
Yu moved to Chicago in early–1979 and started working at NBC’s WMAQ-TV in June of that year. Yu began her career at the station as a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor. By February 1980, Yu began working as co-anchor on the 4:30 and 10PM newscasts alongside Ron Magers. In May 1981, Yu received an Emmy award for a special newscast on the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Yu received a second Emmy award the following year for her report and coverage of a construction accident in Chicago’s downtown Loop. Beginning in November 1983, Yu became disturbed with WMAQ-TV’s management, ending her five-year career with the station in March 1984. In April 1984, Yu joined the WLS-TV (ABC 7 Chicago) station as co-anchor of the station’s 4PM newscast mostly alongside news anchor Joel Daly until his retirement in 2005.
For her broadcasting work, Yu has received a total of five local Emmy Awards including one for her report examining the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001. In 1984, Yu was honored with a National Gold Medal from the National Conference of Community and Justice for her documentary, “The Scars of Belfast”.
Linda Yu Retirement
On September 6, 2016, Yu announced her retirement from WLS-TV and TV news after 46 years in news and 37 years in the Chicago market.
Linda Yu Net Worth
Yu’s estimated net worth is to be $2 million. Yu also received more than $69,150 as an annual salary, while she was working as a news anchor for the Eyewitness newscast.
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Linda Yu sidelined from “Food We Love” after injury
Updated On: 17th July 2018
Linda Yu, Chicago Sun-Times program host, is recovering after surgery for a broken wrist.
The surgery went better than expected, and Yu can’t wait to start physical therapy on her wrist and get back to work. She is expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks.
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Yu broke her wrist when she fell earlier this week at her home.
She hosts a weekly video series for the Sun-Times called “Food We Love,” which launched in April. Each episode, which can be found on the Sun-Times website, focuses on the family food traditions of Chicagoans. The articles and recipes also appear in the Friday edition of the newspaper.
Yu says her doctors expect her to fully recover.
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“I can’t wait to be able to cook again and create more episodes of ‘Food We Love’,” said Yu.
Her injury will not interrupt the weekly schedule of “Food We Love” because of videos already shot and in production, according to Jennifer Schulze, Sun-Times’ executive producer of new media products.