After 20 years of Early Mornings, WBEZ 91.5FM Morning Anchor Lisa Labuz Decides to Sleep in a Bit Later…
Labuz to move to midday anchor as station begins search for new local Morning Edition host
CHICAGO (November 6, 2019) – After 20 years of very early mornings on WBEZ 91.5FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition, veteran morning anchor Lisa Labuz has decided to move to midday anchor.
The station announced today that Labuz will become WBEZ’s midday anchor, soon to be on air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“I will really miss the mornings on WBEZ after all these years. It has been such a big part of my life for two decades,” said Labuz. “But, I am really, really looking forward to being the midday anchor and especially to working with the Reset with Jenn White team in the midday.”
As Labuz noted, her move to midday anchor complements the station’s recent investment in midday programming with the launch of its new show, Reset with Jenn White, that airs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Labuz will bring her familiar voice and deep experience to anchor the important midday listening hours.
“For the last 20 years, Lisa’s warm, engaging presence has been a vital part of the morning routine for countless Chicagoans, providing all of us with the essential news and information needed to start our day,” said Steve Edwards, WBEZ’s vice president, chief content officer and interim CEO. “After two decades of setting her alarm clock to wake up at 2:45 a.m., she has more than earned the right to sleep in a little later and we’re excited to have her join us in the midday.”
Labuz has dedicated her career to public radio. On January 1, 1999, she became WBEZ’s local host of Morning Edition to anchor local news from Chicago on NPR’s morning news program. In fact, she has spent New Year’s Day on air for the last 20 years in honor of her annual anniversary at WBEZ. In her time at WBEZ, she has covered major news events like September 11; the elections of three mayors, five governors, and four presidents; and a number of strikes.
Edwards noted that through the years, Labuz has become known not only for her warmth but also for her dependability, rarely missing a day on air, and truly being a voice and companion that Chicagoans have come to rely on.
Prior to WBEZ, Labuz worked as a reporter and host of Morning Edition for WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. She was part of a team of reporters that earned awards for three series of reports focused on aging, schools and people working non-conventional jobs in Milwaukee. Labuz was a staff reporter and host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered at WGLT in Normal, Ill., and has been a reporter for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.
The station will begin an immediate search for a new local host of Morning Edition. Labuz will remain in the role weekday mornings from 5-10 a.m. until a new anchor is hired, which is expected to take place sometime in early 2020. In the meantime, Greta Johnsen will be the interim midday anchor from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Melba Lara will continue to be the afternoon and evening anchor from 3-7 p.m.
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