Longtime Chicago Reporter Critically Injured in Bike Accident

Longtime “Chicago Tonight” Reporter and host Elizabeth Brackett was admitted to the Hospital on yesterday following a serious bicycle accident.

She is listed in critical condition.

Details of the accident are not yet known, but Brackett’s injuries include two fractured vertebrae in her neck, and she is in a coma.

Known for her athleticism, Brackett, 76, is a world champion triathlete who first competed at age 50. She has won five international titles in her age group – including one this last year.

“Elizabeth has been a valued colleague and friend for many years, and an inspiration to all of us,” said Chicago Tonight Executive Producer Mary Field. “We are thinking of her family, and hoping and praying for a full recovery.”

Though still an occasional contributor, Brackett retired in 2014 after two decades as a full-time correspondent for “Chicago Tonight,” during which she also provided local stories for the national series now known as “PBS NewsHour.”

FTVLive sends out our wished for Elizabeth for a full recovery.