Chicago (WLS) — It’s an emotional week for ChiPopular Chicago as we bid farewell to legendary anchor Alan Kraszeski.
Alan Will Pin his final newscast on Tuesday, November 22ndBut before he finally signs off, we take a look back at his life and career.
During his 40 years here, he has covered the Roman Catholic Church extensively.As Alan prepares to retire, he We spoke with Cardinal Blas Kupich about today’s important issues and the future.
Alan started his career with WLS as a reporter in 1982, when he was just 21 years old. He anchored his cut-in on Good His Morning His American News and launched Chicago’s first morning news show.
After that, she anchored daily afternoon and evening news programs on ChiPopular, and began her current role as the 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm anchor in 2016.
Over the years, Alan has reported from four Democratic National Conventions, both sides of the US-Mexico border, and Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. He also led the bureau’s coverage of the Roman Catholic Church, reporting on his three Chicago Cardinal Archbishops and his three popes around the world.
He traveled extensively to Rome, covering the church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis in the United States, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
At the height of his career, he travels to Auschwitz with the late Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzschall and Cardinal Blas Kupich to share Fritzschall’s personal survival story and her passion for fighting hate. he said it was
Through all these years and all these stories, what matters most to him is his family.
Alan’s father died in a robbery when he was four months old. That personal tragedy shaped his life, guiding empathetic reporting and a generous spirit. He attended Milton Hershey School, a boarding school for children with financial and social needs.
He met his wife Colleen in 1977, both in high school. They had his three children, Kaylin, Kiera, and Kian, and his three grandchildren, Caroline, Harrison, and Theodore.
Stay tuned for remembrances and tributes to Alan in Tuesday’s newscast.