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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Beans (Northern)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Dinner's ready.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1940
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Beans (Northern)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Dinner's ready.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1940
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Born November 26, 1940, in Memphis, Tennessee, Bob Petty began his broadcasting career while enrolled at Arizona State University. He learned about various aspects of the industry while serving as news cameraman, soundman, film editor, lighting director and studio cameraman for the university's television broadcast station, KAET TV. In 1970, Petty graduated with honors and was recognized by the university for his outstanding contributions to the radio and television department.

Petty's career at Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV began in 1971, when he joined the station as a general assignment reporter. In 1975, he became a member of the station's "Action 7" news team, which would later develop into the popular "Seven on Your Side" special problem-solving unit. He then moved to the anchor desk on ABC 7's "Saturday Weekend News." From 1978 to 1983 he also produced and hosted "Weekend Edition." Prior to joining ABC 7, Petty was a news writer, reporter and producer at KOOL-TV and Radio, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. The previous year, Petty worked for KPHO-TV in several aspects of the production process, in addition to his role as news and sports reporter.

Petty has received several prestigious academic degrees and honors. He was awarded an Urban Journalism Fellowship at the University of Chicago shortly after graduating from Arizona State, and a William Benton Fellow in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Chicago in 1987. In January 1979, he received his Master's Degree in Communications from Governor's State University.

Petty resides in Chicago with his wife, Cora, and their two children, Bobby and Cory.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Photo - Robert Petty with the other members of the Washington High School basketball team, Caruthersville, Missouri, 1958
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Photo - Robert Petty in his senior year high school portrait, Caruthersville, Missouri, 1959
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Photo - Robert Petty in a publicity photo for Channel 7 Eyewitness News, WLS Television, Chicago, Illinois, mid 1970s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Photo - Robert Petty with fellow talk show hosts Ruben Cruz and Teresa Gutierrez, WLS Television, Chicago, Illinois, late 1970s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Photo - Robert Petty with journalist Fahey Flynn, Chicago, Illinois, mid-1970s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Photo - Robert Petty at a company function with an unidentified woman, early 1980s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Photo - Robert Petty in a Channel 7 Eyewitness News publicity photograph, mid-1980s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Photo - Robert Petty with Chicago anchorman Floyd Kalber, late 1990s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Photo - Robert Petty in an early education classroom on a news assignment, ca. 1999
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Photo - Robert Petty interviews Illinois State Treasurer Judy Topinka, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Photo - Robert Petty on a news story in an underground tunnel, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Photo - Robert Petty at a book signing with two unidentified authors, 2000
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Photo - Robert Petty meets an unidentified man while on vacation in New Orleans, Lousiana, 1980
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Photo - Robert Petty reports on layoffs at U.S. Steel, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Photo - Robert Petty with school administrators after a speaking engagement, Illinois, 1982
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Photo - Robert Petty at work at ABC 7 News, Chicago, Illinois, 1999
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Photo - Robert Petty covers the 1978 gubernatorial election, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Photo - Robert Petty in third grade, age nine, 1949
  • Tape: 1 Story: 19 - Photo - Robert Petty with an unidentified journalist at the Paul Hall criminal trial, Markham, Illinois, ca. 1989
  • Tape: 1 Story: 20 - Slating of Robert Petty interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 21 - Robert Petty's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 22 - Robert Petty describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 23 - Robert Petty describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 24 - Robert Petty names his three brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Petty shares his earliest memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Petty remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Petty discusses his feelings about water
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Petty discusses family life in Caruthersville, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Petty describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Petty describes his childhood home, Caruthersville, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Petty names his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Petty reflects on lessons learned in Caruthersville, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Petty reflects on influences in his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert Petty discusses his post-high school plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Petty discusses his attendance at Lincoln University and his decision to leave
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Petty recounts events after leaving Lincoln University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Petty recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Petty explains his decision to study communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Petty describes his early exposure to broadcasting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Petty discusses his first position upon graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert Petty discusses his early experiences in the newsroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Petty explains decisions in his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Petty shares memorable stories from his broadcast career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Petty describes changes in the news broadcast industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Petty discusses opportunities in the news broadcast industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Petty shares his plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Petty refuses to perform