Val Warner: Chicago’s Answer to Oprah
(Uptown) — It takes a certain type of tenacity to anchor a morning newscast. With her genuine likability and keen work ethic, Valerie “Val” Warner has found her niche in this most competitive profession. For the past six years, the 37-year-old mother of two has captivated Chicagoans as coanchor of WGN-TV’s Morning News. Her infectious appeal caught the eye of execs at WLS-ABC 7 who were developing a new program to replace the coveted 9 a.m. slot that media legend Oprah Winfrey has occupied for the past 25 years. Now, Warner — who will cohost the highly anticipated local show Windy City Live — reminisces about her start in journalism and the legacy she hopes to build in Chicago media.