Linda Yu Biography
Linda Yu is the first Asian-American TV anchor. She hosts the ‘Food We Love’, a video series for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a former co-anchor on the Eyewitness newscast for WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois. In April 2005 she was inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of legendary Chicago broadcasters.
Linda Yu Age
She was born on 1st December 1946 in Xian, China (71 years as of 2018).
Linda Yu Family
Linda was born to a Chinese family in South Asia. When she was three years her family moved to Hong Kong. They later migrated to the United States when Yu five years old. They lived in Pennsylvania for four years, Indiana for two, and settled in California when Yu was twelve years old.
During an interview, Linda said her mother wanted her to be a journalist. Her mother was born and raised in China and was a daughter of royalty. She studied writing and dreamt of becoming having a career but she got married and became a homemaker.
Linda Yu Education
In 1968 she graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
Linda Yu Husband | Married
Linda married her husband Richard Baer, a psychiatrist, on 12th June 1982. After their marriage, they were involved in an accident while going on their honeymoon in southern France that resulted in Richard being hospitalized. They got divorced in 1996.
Linda Yu Children
Linda and her husband Richard have two children; a son Ricky Baer (a writer) born in August 1985 and a daughter Francesca Baer (an actress) born in February 1988.
Linda Yu Daughter
Linda’s daughter Francesca Baer is an actress who plays the role of Olivia, a research assistant working in artificial intelligence, on the CBS drama, “Intelligence.”
Francesca attended Latin School of Chicago and studied at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston. She later joined the University of Southern California.
During an interview via email, she said: “I never wanted to go into journalism but I know I gained confidence in myself and in being onstage by watching how my mother handles herself on TV, during breaking news, and when she hosts/MCs events around Chicago. I’ve always been inspired by her.”
Linda Yu ABC
Linda joined WLS-TV (ABC 7 Chicago) station in April 1984 as a co-anchor of the station’s 4 PM newscast mostly alongside news anchor Joel Daly until his retirement in 2005.
At the beginning of 1992, she also served as co-anchor for 30-minute 11:30 AM newscast alongside Sylvia Perez until the now hour-long 11 AM newscast was canceled in 2013. Yu and Perez were the first women in the Chicago market to co-anchor a newscast.
In 1987 she received her third Emmy for Outstanding Achievement within a Regularly Scheduled News Program, Spot Coverage.
Linda Yu Retirement
Linda announced on 6th September 2016 that she was retiring from WLS-TV and TV news after 46 years in news and 37 years in the Chicago market. She made her last broadcast on 23rd November at 4 PM. Windy City Live (an ABC 7 program) had earlier in the day aired a tribute show to Yu where her friends, family, co-workers and former co-workers reviewed and celebrated her career as well as her personal contributions to the city.
“How blessed am I to have had such a wonderful career in Chicago! I’m so lucky to be part of the ABC 7 team that built the #1 station for three decades. Now I’m really looking forward to new adventures, including writing my next book and seeing my children more often in California. Although it will be difficult saying goodbye to my colleagues and home away from home at ABC 7, it’s reassuring that someone as talented as Judy Hsu will continue to lead the way with Rob Elgas on our 4 PM News. ” Linda said.
John Idler, President and General Manager, ABC 7 Chicago said: “Since Linda Yu began anchoring the 4 PM News in 1984 it has been the #1 newscast for 32 years — an astonishing winning streak. Linda is a class act who leaves a remarkable legacy at ABC 7. She will be truly missed by everyone at ABC 7 and her many loyal viewers throughout Chicago.”
Linda Yu Career
Linda began her carer as a writer and producer for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles in 1970 and later a writer for ABC O & O KABC-TV also in Los Angeles. She had a brief stint as a reporter for KATU-TV in early 1975 after she moved to Portland, Oregon. She later moved back to California where she got a job as general assignment reporter and back–up anchor at KGO-TV, in San Francisco where she worked until 1979. While there she did a report which helped with the introduction of state legislation to protect residents from uninsured motorists.
In June 1979 she joined NBC’s WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter and weekend co-anchor. In February 1980 she began working as co-anchor on the 4:30 and 10 PM newscasts alongside Ron Magers.
Linda received her first Emmy award in May 1981 for a special newscast on the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. She received her second Emmy award in 1982 for her report and coverage of a construction accident in Chicago’s downtown Loop. In March 1984 Linda quit from WMAQ-TV citing disturbance from WMAQ-TV’s management.
Linda Yu Book | Memoir
She published her book/ Memoir, ‘Lessons I Learned in America’ in Chinese, as a guide to help young Chinese woman in the global workplace.
Linda signed a book deal with a leading Chinese publisher to write her second book featuring unique stories of prominent Asian woman entrepreneurs, political and cultural icons in the United States.
Linda Yu Salary
She used to earn more than $69,150 annually while she was working as a news anchor for the Eyewitness newscast.
Linda Yu Net Worth
Yu has an estimated net worth of $2 million