Addressing the need for a serious and intelligent forum for discussing current events, WYCC PBS Chicago (channel 20) has announced the launch of “In the Loop,” a new half-hour weekly public affairs television show.
Slated to premier February 14, 2013 at 7 p.m., and airing every Thursday, “In the Loop” will be hosted by two of the country’s most respected journalists: Barbara Pinto and Chris Bury. Pinto and Bury, who will serve as rotating hosts, are both accomplished journalists who bring decades of national and international news experience to WYCC’s diverse and growing audience. Pinto has lived in Chicago for more than a decade; Bury is a Chicago native.
“We want to offer our audience a trusted, engaging source for enlightened discussion of the issues of the day,” said Paul Buckner, station manager at WYCC PBS Chicago, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in February, 2013. “We’re very excited that ‘In the Loop’ will provide this platform, as well as a launching-off point for thought-provoking analysis.
Each week, “In the Loop” will give viewers a fresh perspective on the week’s trending issues. Pinto and Bury will uncover new angles to headlining stories and engage a roundtable of notable guests in thoughtful and informed conversation. Occasionally, local reporters will join the hosts, lending their expertise while offering a “back story” perspective.
“This is a great opportunity to engage Chicagoans in key issues that impact their lives,” said Barbara Pinto, one of the hosts of “In the Loop.” “The point is to shed new light on these issues and to get people talking and thinking about them in a different and meaningful way.”
“In the Loop” will feature a segment entitled “Curious City,” produced by WBEZ and presented through WYCC PBS Chicago in an exclusive partnership arrangement. “Curious City” will provide answers to provocative questions posed by the public through WBEZ’s website, curiouscity.wbez.org.
"We aim to engage our viewers with a thoughtful approach to the big stories that they care about,” said Chris Bury, one of the show’s hosts. “As a Chicago native, I am deeply interested in the topics that matter most to one of the most vibrant, interesting and important cities in the world.”
About Barbara Pinto, Host of “In the Loop”
Barbara Pinto returns to WYCC as co-host of “In the Loop” with more than two decades of experience in broadcast journalism. Just a few months ago, she hosted Post Election 2012, a special hour-long program on WYCC reflecting on the presidential campaign as well as the Illinois congressional races. Pinto previously worked as a news correspondent for ABC and contributed to “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “World News” and other ABC News broadcasts. She also served as a news anchor and correspondent for both MSNBC and CNBC.
Pinto closely covered the 2004 race for President, Hurricane Katrina and the storm’s aftermath, and other major national news stories. She has flown into the eyes of two major hurricanes with the military’s “Hurricane Hunters” as they forecasted the power and path of the storms. She has also covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill, covering the war on terrorism, the anthrax scare and the congressional investigation into the collapse of Enron. For the past decade, Pinto reported from ABC’s Midwest bureau and has made Chicago her home.
About Chris Bury, Host of “In the Loop”
Chris Bury also comes to WYCC from ABC News, where he reported for “World News,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and other programs, and additionally served as principal substitute anchor for Ted Koppel at “Nightline.” His previous work has earned six Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
Bury has decades of experience reporting on both national and international news stories. He has covered the economic crisis, the U.S. auto industry bailout and numerous presidential elections. Bury has also reported from countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Qatar, Israel, Haiti, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
About WYCC PBS Chicago
WYCC PBS Chicago, affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), broadcasts 24 hours a day on Channel 20 and features a mix of instructional, informational and educational programs. Primary funding for broadcast activities is provided by the City Colleges of Chicago and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the State of Illinois. WYCC also receives viewer, foundation and corporate support through donations, matching gifts and underwriting.
As WYCC celebrates its 30-year anniversary in February, 2013, the station is introducing a slate of new programming, including the public affairs show, “In the Loop,” and a docu-concert series, entitled “Musicology.” The station is also re-branding its on-air look with a new logo, slogan and on-air motion graphics, as well as updating its WYCC PBS Chicago magazine, website (wycc.org) and other collateral materials.