Sometimes all you need is the name to land a job in Chicago.
WGN announced that they have hired Jarrett Payton, son of Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton, as their new sports Reporter.
Payton has been hired as a sports reporter and host of a new live sports show that will debut on sibling cable news channel CLTV in early June.
Payton will also have other sports duties on WGN as well.
WGN news director Jennifer Lyons said of Payton's upcoming work for CLTV and WGN News: "Jarrett's knowledge and enthusiasm for sports will be the perfect addition to our sports department."
Of course the station will say they hired Payton on his ability and it had nothing to do with his name.
But, you rarely land a job in TV news in the 3rd market with no TV experience.
My bet if his name was Jarrett Jones, you would not be reading this story right now.