Linda Yu is one of Chicago’s most respected and well-known broadcasters, after a 37 year career in the Windy City.
Linda Yu, a trailblazing and award-winning broadcaster with a 46-year career in journalism, is the recipient of its NAAAP 100 Award, Presented by General Motors. NAAAP’s highest honor is presented annually to the most influential leaders who have made significant contributions to their profession and to the Asian community.
Ms. Yu began her journalism career in 1970, when she served as a writer and producer for ABC-owned KTLA-TV and then as a writer for ABC-owned KABC-TV, both in Los Angeles. In 1975 she went on to work as a reporter for ABC-affiliated KATU-TV in Portland and later as a reporter and back-up anchor at ABC-owned KGO-TV in San Francisco. In 1979 Ms. Yu moved to Chicago and became the city’s first Asian American broadcast journalist when she started working as a reporter and weekend co-anchor at NBC’s WMAQ-TV. Ms. Yu joined ABC 7 WLS-TV Chicago in 1984 as a reporter and news anchor for the station’s 11 A.M. and 4 P.M. news hours. Both programs maintained top status throughout her career until her retirement in November 2016.
Ms. Yu has an impressive lineup of achievements during her lifetime. She was inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of legendary Chicago broadcasters, was a winner of six local Emmy awards, wrote a book, “Lessons I Learned in America,” to help career women succeed, was named as one of Today Chicago Women Magazine’s “100 Women to Watch,” and was honored with a National Gold Medal from the National Conference of Community and Justice.
Yu served for more than 30 years as the Advisory Board Chairperson for the Chinese American Service League. She is also a co-founder of the Chicago Chapter of the Asian-American Journalists Association and an active supporter of local charities, including Common Threads, the Juvenile Protective Association, and the March of Dimes. Yu graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.