WLS Anchor Linda Yu whose amazing longevity is exceeded only by her popularity, marked her 30th anniversary at WLS-Channel 7 Wednesday by doing what she’s always done — anchoring a top-rated newscast on the ABC-owned station.
“It’s been a lucky, fascinating, learning, productive, wonderful time,” she told Facebook fans. “I’m grateful and humbled by your support all these years!”
Robert Feder says that Yu came to Chicago in 1979 as a 32-year-old weekend anchor at WMAQ-Channel 5, eventually moving up to the 10 p.m. weekday newscast. After five years at the NBC-owned station, she jumped to ABC 7. “Linda Yu hits air, signs 3-year contract with Ch. 7,” read the headline of Feder's Sun-Times column on April 3, 1984.
Earlier this year, Yu, 67, was sidelined for a month after she broke her left left in a traffic accident while vacationing in Florida. Following two surgeries, she’s still undergoing physical therapy, but hasn’t missed a scheduled day since she returned.