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Fox reporter Darlene Hill is new co-host of "Chicago Speaks"


Darlene Hill is the new co-host of WVAZ-FM's (102.7) "Chicago Speaks," replacing Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell, who departed in January. Hill, who started her new job on Apr. 11, will co-host the show with the radio station's news director Ty Wansley.

A general assignment reporter for Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, Hill is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. "I can't be more excited about a journalist of Darlene's caliber joining our line-up," said Derrick Brown, director of urban programming for Clear Channel Radio Chicago. "She has built a strong reputation of asking tough questions and has an uncanny way of getting to the crux of issues affecting our community," added Brown.

"Chicago Speaks" is the only public affairs call-in community forum serving Chicago's African-American audience on a commercial FM radio station in the city. The program, which debuted in January, 2007. airs from 6 am to 8 am on Sundays.


When will you have IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality) and other paratransit riders on your show? Visit for some history or Google on us. How about when we return from the U.S. Social Forum 2010 in Detroit which occurs June 22-26?

I am disappointed in Darlene Hill. While she frames herself as a reporter with a social conscience, she is actually an opportunist who does damage. Look at how she covered the youth violence issue. She likes to believe that she "forced a conversation about violence internationally," but few know that she bought the video of derrion albert's death from a student who taped it so that she could show it over and over again, causing trauma and harm each time. She does not "speak" for me or the African American community as a whole. She exploits people for the story. I am sorry to see her inclusion on Chicago Speaks.

people complain? but when you are getting

paid to get in people personal lives thats

what you do. cause if you dont get the story

guess what you loose your job...

refering to people commenting on wade and his

situation. but if you are on the street

and talking about it and not getting paid

than let it go..

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