Chicago Sports Anchor Headed to St. Louis to do News

Rafer Weigel is leaving his Sportscaster job at WLS in Chicago and headed to St. Louis as a News Anchor.

Weigel, who's father Tim was a longtime Sports Anchor at WLS has decided to leave the station and take a News Anchor job at Tribune owned KTVI in St. Louis. 

Calling it “a new exciting direction for my career,” Weigel tweeted: “It’s been a privilege and an honor to follow in my dad’s footsteps and cover the teams I grew up with. This takes my career to another level.”

“Rafer has done a terrific job for us as weekend sports anchor, and I know you will all join me in wishing him the best as he makes this transition back to news,” Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7, told staffers in a memo Tuesday.

Robert Feder points out that despite the spin by his bosses, their willingness to let him out of his contract — and his move from the No. 3 market to No. 21 — suggest a once-rising star was no longer ascending.