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WLS-Channel 7 news producer Vicki Giammona set to retire

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Longtime WLS-Channel 7 news producer Vicki Giammona will retire from the station on December 17, after a 32-year run. She started at the station in 1978 as a part-time writer in the public relations department and went on to become a researcher for "7 On Your Side," before turning to producing. Among the highlights of her long and varied career with WLS are a trip to Israel with Cardinal Bernardin, the inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Giammona also traveled to at least four national political conventions.

Said WLS news director Jennifer Graves of Giammona's decision to retire: "She's covered popes, a prince and princess, world leaders and the Wildcats. She's even interviewed Fabio. I think it's safe to say that it'll be impossible to fill Vicki's shoes."

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Vicki is one of the most wonderful producers in Chicago to work with, and it is definitely safe to say that it will be impossible to fill her shoes...congrats to her and best wishes for a relaxing retirement.

I was so sad to hear that Vicki retired. I called her phone this morning and it was a voicemail for a man so I figured I missed dialed. I dialed the same number again and sure enough it was the same voicemail message. When I called the newsroom, they informed me she retired.

Vicki was one of, if not, the best producer I've ever worked with. I wish her all the best in her retirement.

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