Larry Yellen Biography, Age, Education, Career, Weekend anchor

Larry Yellen Biography

Larry Yellen is an American Journalist who FOX 32 as an investigative reporter and legal analyst. He has been fortunate enough to win lots of awards, but even more important has been the opportunity to produce stories that make a difference by saving lives or taxpayers’ dollars. And while he loves what he does, he has managed to find time over the years for tennis, fly fishing, but most importantly, his family.

Larry Yellen Age

Yellen’s age information will be updated soon.

Larry Yellen Education

Yellen is a graduate of Waukegan Township High School, who went on to attend the University of Michigan and study Journalism. At Michigan, he was the recipient of a Chick Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association; it’s a great program, based in the Chicago area, which puts golf caddies through college.

Then he went on to Northwestern University Law School, and then to his first job in Journalism, as a newspaper reporter for the Muskegon (Mi.) Chronicle. Muskegon’s about four hours from Chicago; one of my fondest memories there is cross-country skiing to work in heavy snow–it was sometimes the only way to get the newspaper out.

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Larry Yellen Career

Muskegon is where he did his first investigative reporting, and he used the experience to move on to a three-year stint with the Better Government Association in Washington D.C. From Washington, it was back to Chicago, where he worked for eleven years with WLS-TV before joining FOX Chicago News in 1993.

At FOX, he was hired to do investigations, but soon thanks to the O.J. Simpson case, he found himself doubling as their legal analyst. In 2010 he became the weekend anchor of their 9 p.m. news. He has investigated dangerous consumer products and local corruption while covering major trials here and legal stories nationwide.

Larry Yellen Weekend Anchor

After 27 years in Chicago television as a top investigative journalist, Larry Yellen is about to add news anchor to his resume.
Nothing is official yet, but WFLD-Channel 32 is close to finalizing a deal to name Yellen solo anchor of its Saturday and Sunday 9 p.m. newscasts. He’s been filling in as anchor of the two newscasts since the recent departures of Byron Harlan and Nancy Pender, whose contracts were not renewed.

If all goes as planned, insiders said, the weekend newscasts would feature Yellen interviewing in-studio guests, mirroring the format of the Fox-owned station’s Monday-through-Friday 9 p.m. newscast, anchored by Bob Sirott and Robin Robinson.

Yellen, 58, has been an award-winning investigative reporter and legal analyst at Channel 32 since 1994. He previously spent more than 10 years as a producer at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 and three years with the Better Government Association in Washington, D.C. He played a key role in Fox Chicago’s coverage of the trial of Rod Blagojevich and other high-profile legal proceedings.

The promotion to news anchor represents a significant career advancement for Yellen, who told friends he views it as a way to acquire a new set of skills and increase his versatility. The downside for the station is that it will reduce his duties as an investigative reporter to three days a week.

Larry Yellen Cook County K9

Article by Larry Yellen;

A Cook County Sheriff’s police officer had an emotional goodbye to the dog that worked at his side for a decade until she died three weeks ago.

The canine officer, a bloodhound, had arrived at the sheriff’s department as a 2-month-old puppy.

Dozens of police K9 teams showed up Wednesday for a memorial service.
It was a police officer’s memorial, marked by bagpipes and bloodhounds. A final tribute to Melanie, an 11-year-old canine officer who spent her life helping Cook County Sheriff’s police track people down.

“In a pinch, we needed a dog to go find somebody, we called Melanie,” said Sgt. Erik Roedel.

Melanie died on May 9 from brain cancer. On Wednesday, a memorial was held at Brookfield Zoo where canine officers train. Canine patrols from other departments stood at attention as Melanie’s handler — Officer Jim Pacetti — his family, and several bloodhounds who are relatives of Melanie, arrived for the hour-long memorial service.

“She was the actual first bloodhound that I saw work, and she was amazing, she was amazing,” said Naperville K9 handler Chris Sherwin.

Officers who spoke at the memorial remembered how over the years, Melanie had helped track down a bank robber, a murder suspect, lots of missing persons, and in her last assignment, she worked on the case of the missing 5-year-old in Crystal Lake, A.J. Freund.

Melanie’s handler was too emotional to talk afterward but spoke briefly during the service.

“There’s just too many, from missing kids to murderers and everything in between. She was a special dog,” Pacetti said.

“You know, a lot of people would say why do you go through all this for a dog? You know it wasn’t only a dog, it was an officer, an officer that helped save lives and bring bad guys to justice,” Roedel said.

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