Former Chicago news anchors Robin Robinson and Lauren Cohn have been named co-hosts and contributing correspondents for “In The Loop,” the flagship weekly news program of public television station WYCC-Channel 20.
Starting with this week’s season premiere, Robinson and Cohn will join Chris Bury and Barbara Pinto as rotating hosts of the show, which airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays (with repeats at 1 a.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays). All four co-hosts will report news and investigative stories and moderate roundtable discussions with newsmakers, journalists and others.
“As we enter our sixth season, we are excited to welcome the additional experience of these two distinguished journalists to our ‘In The Loop’ team,” Paul Buckner, general manager of WYCC PBS Chicago, said in a statement. “‘In the Loop’ is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our viewers and the addition of Robin and Lauren will help broaden our coverage and provide more insightful stories our viewers have come to expect.”
Robinson is best known for her 27-year run at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, where she co-anchored the Monday-through-Friday primetime newscast since its inception in 1987. Before that she was a reporter and news anchor at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2.
Since she left Fox 32 in July 2014, Robinson has been a part-time and fill-in anchor at CBS Radio all-news WBBM AM 780/WCFS FM 105.9 and host of a weekly talk show on Midway Broadcasting urban news/talk WVON AM 1690. Her agent, Chicago-based attorney Andrew Stroth, said Robinson will continue to work with WBBM Newsradio and WVON.
Cohn, who previously was a news anchor and reporter at Fox 32, CBS 2 and ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, most recently hosted middays with Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890. Their two-year stint together ended last February when the station picked up Jonathon Brandmeier’s syndicated show from Westwood One.
Cohn said she was very excited to join “In The Loop” as a co-host and work with “a great team of professionals,” including Bury, Pinto and Robinson. “I’ve already shot two stories and I’m looking forward to bringing the viewers many more informative pieces along with engaging panel discussions,” she said. “I hope you join us.”
Bury and Pinto, who launched “In The Loop” in February 2013, are former ABC News correspondents.
WYCC PBS Chicago is licensed to City Colleges of Chicago.