It’s back to The Big 89 for veteran Chicago radio newswoman Jennifer Keiper.
After six years as Midwest correspondent for Fox News Radio, Keiper is returning to Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890. Starting July 28, she’ll anchor news for Roe Conn and Richard Roeper’s afternoon show.
She succeeds Susan Carlson, who resigned in April to join NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 as a full-time reporter and fill-in news anchor. Ryan Burrow, who’s been anchoring afternoon news on WLS in the interim, is expected to return to middays.
It’s the second time Keiper has followed Carlson at WLS. In 2003, she succeeded Carlson as an anchor/reporter and eventually moved up to the position of news director. In 2008, Keiper was among 14 staffers who were cut in a sweeping round of layoffs by former owner Citadel Broadcasting.
Keiper quickly landed at the Chicago bureau of Fox News Radio, where she spent the next six years traveling the country — and sometimes the world — for the network. Succeeding her as Midwest correspondent is Jeff Monosso, who has been a New York-based national correspondent and anchor for Fox News Radio since 2009.
A graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School, Northern Illinois University and Columbia College, Keiper began as a morning news producer at CBS Radio contemporary hit WBBM FM 96.3, and later became morning news anchor, acting news director and community affairs director at B96. She also spent six years as an anchor/reporter for CBS Radio all-news WBBM AM 780.