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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thanksgiving Dinner
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thanksgiving Dinner
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
God Is Good

Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1962
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Cheryl Burton was born on December 25, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois to Hattie and Simpson Burton. She graduated from Chicago's Lindblom Technical High School in 1980, and then received her B.S. degree in psychology and biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1984.

Burton was first seen on television on Romper Room and as a contestant on Star Search. She then hosted an hour long cable television show entitled Simply Elegant and worked as a special education teacher for two years. In 1989, she was hired at WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, where she co-anchored “MBR: The Minority Business Report,” a nationally syndicated weekly series. In 1990, Burton moved to Peoria, Illinois, and worked as a reporter at WMBD-TV. From 1990 to 1992, she served as an anchor for KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas, where she also hosted the talk show Viewpoint. Burton then joined Chicago’s WLS-TV ABC 7 as a weekend co-anchor and reporter in November of 1992. In 2003, she was promoted to 5 p.m. weekday co-anchor and 10 p.m. contributing anchor for WLS-TV’s newscasts.

Burton has received numerous honors for her work, including three Chicago Association of Black Journalists awards; the 1997 Phenomenal Woman Award from the Expo for Today's Black Woman; a 1998 Kizzy Image and Achievement Award; the 2004 and 2005 Thurgood Marshall Awards; the Vernon Jarrett Par Excellence Award in Journalism; the coveted 2008 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence International Award; 2009’s Proctor and Gamble Pioneer Award for community service; and several Emmy Awards. She was also the first recipient of the 2005 "Sisters in the Spirit" Award, given by Chicago area gospel singers to persons who exemplify a faith-based life, and was the first alumnus to be inducted into the Robert Lindblom High School’s hall of fame in 2007.

Burton is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America and serves as a motivational speaker for the Chicago Public Schools. She serves on the boards of the Life with Lupus Guild, the Multicultural Dance Center and City Year. In addition, Burton is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cheryl Burton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 20, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cheryl Burton's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Cheryl Burton's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton remembers her paternal great-grandparents in Homewood, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton describes her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton talks about her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton describes her childhood personality and her relationship with her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Cheryl Burton recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Cheryl Burton describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton describes her family's experience of racial discrimination in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton talks about her family's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton describes growing up in the Chatham community of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton recalls the churches she attended in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton talks about her grade school years in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton recalls her experience in the Girl Scouts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton describes the activities she participated in as a child and the sacrifices her parents made to make them possible
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton describes her personality and intelligence as a young girl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton talks about academic excellence in her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton recalls working for her sister at the Elaine Powers Figure Salon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton recalls running away at age twelve so her parents would buy her a scooter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton describes Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton talks about her extracurricular and athletic activities at Lindblom High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton talks about graduating from Lindblom High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1980
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton talks about appearing on the TV shows 'Romper Room' and 'Kiddie-a-Go-Go' as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton recalls traveling to Washington, D.C. and to Civil Rights Movement sites with her uncle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton talks about her experience and her roommates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Cheryl Burton talks about being a cheerleader for the Chicago Bears while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Cheryl Burton talks about her decision not to attend medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Cheryl Burton recalls working at Marshall Field's and as an Andy Frain usher in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Cheryl Burton talks about her medical internship at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Cheryl Burton describes being a Chicago Honey Bears cheerleader
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton talks about the Chicago Bears and the Honey Bears cheerleaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton describes her schedule while she was a Chicago Honey Bears cheerleader and working at Xerox
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton describes being a Chicago Honey Bears cheerleader when the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl in 1986
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton recounts how she met Jim Rose and how he proposed to her
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton recalls working for Xerox and the 1983 election of Chicago mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton talks about her engagement to Jim Rose and her time on 'Star Search'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton recalls auditioning for 'Charlie's Angels' with Halle Berry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton relates her mother's recollections of life in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton describes her appearance on 'Star Search,' her audition for 'A Different World,' and the beginning of her broadcast news career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton recalls losing her job at the 'Minority Business Report' in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton describes working at the Home Shopping Network
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton talks about her ex-husband Jim Rose
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton describes working at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton describes working at KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton describes working at KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton talks about 'Baby Your Baby,' her news segment on KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton recalls working at KWCH-DT in Wichita, Kansas during the Gulf War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton talks about getting her job at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Cheryl Burton recalls her father's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton describes working with HistoryMaker Harry Porterfield and others at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton talks about working at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois while building a home with her then-husband, Jim Rose
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton describes working for Joe Ahern at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton talks about producing five news broadcasts a day at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton talks about covering violence as a reporter for WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton describes her sister's support after her divorce from Jim Rose
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton talks about her divorce from Jim Rose, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton talks about her divorce from Jim Rose, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton describes how she started her annual Christmas toy drive
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton talks about her charitable efforts in South Africa and in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton talks about her friendship with Oprah Winfrey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton talks about her friendship with Oprah Winfrey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton describes Oprah Winfrey's 2006 Legends Ball
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton recalls being assaulted in downtown Chicago, Illinois in 2008
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton considers her most difficult interview
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton talks about how she maintains a positive outlook
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton recounts her carjacking experience
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Cheryl Burton describes how broadcast news has changed over the course of her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Cheryl Burton talks about her awards and her personality
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Cheryl Burton talks about the children's book series she hopes to publish
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Cheryl Burton reflects upon her life and what she would do differently
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Cheryl Burton talks about her independent learning style
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Cheryl Burton reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Cheryl Burton recounts her role with The HistoryMakers since hosting 'An Evening with Harry Belafonte' in 2000
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Cheryl Burton narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Cheryl Burton narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Cheryl Burton narrates her photographs, pt. 3