Linda Yu is an Asian-American former news anchor and author. She is best known as co-anchor on the "Eyewitness" newscast for WLS-TV in Chicago. Yu became the first Asian-American broadcast journalist, who began her career at Chicago-based WMAQ-TV in 1979. She has received total five local Emmy Awards including one for a report examining the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001. Yu has been honored with a National Gold Medal for the National Conference of Community and Justice for her documentary, “The Scares of Belfast”. Yu began her career in broadcasting in 1970, where she became writer and producer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Yi and Perez were the first women in Chicago to co-anchor a newscast. Yu announced her retirement from WLS-Tv and fTV news after 46 years and 37 years respectively.
Early Life of Linda Yu
Linda Yu was born on December 1, 1946, in Xian China. At the age of 3, she moved to Hongkong with her family and after two years she and family migrated to the United States. Upon arriving at the states, she only knew two or three English words. At first, her family shifted to different places including Pennsylvania, Indiana and finally settled in California at the age of 12.
Yu graduated from the University of Southern California in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
Linda Yu's Career
Linda Yu started her career in 1970 in broadcasting. She served as the writer and producer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Later, she worked as a writer for ABC O & O KABC-TV. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1975 and had a brief stint as a reporter for KATU-TV.
In 1979, Yu joined NBC's WMAQ-TV where she started her career as a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor. She received Emmy award for a special newscast on March 30, 1981, and earned her second Emmy for her coverage of a construction accident in Chicago's downtown Loop. She is one of the first women in the Chicago market to co-anchor a newscast.
Yu announced her retirement in September 2016 from WLS-TV and TV news after serving for 46 years and 37 years in the Chicago market. Her last news broadcast was November 23 at 4 PM.
Linda Yu's Net Worth
Linda Yu has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She is considered one of the successful news journalists. Her annual salary is $800k. Yu earned a good sum of the amount from her 46 years of a TV career.
Linda Yu's Personal Life
Linda Yu is a married woman, she tied the knot to Dr. Richard Baer, a psychiatrist on June 12, 1982, at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. Shortly after their wedding, the couple involved a car accident while on their honeymoon in southern France.
The couple has two children, son Ricky (born on August 1985) and a daughter, Francesca Baer, an actress, (born in February 1988). However, the couple failed to handle their married life and divorced in 1966. In January, Yu met an accident and broke her leg.
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