As of today, ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 reporter Ben Bradley has the distinction of being the only local TV reporter to travel to -- and report live from -- Haiti since the catastrophic earthquake struck the impoverished country last week. Bradley flew into Haiti Wednesday morning on a special United Airlines flight packed with 15,000 pounds of water, 300 tents and 60 relief workers. Bradley spent about an hour on the ground in Haiti -- just long enough to do a live phone report for the WLS mid-day news. He is expected also to be featured on the station's afternoon newscasts.
Bradley was set to return to Chicago later today on the same United aircraft, which will come back with some of the hundreds of people who have been cleared by the United States State Department to leave Haiti. That includes a number of orphans being adopted by families in the U.S.