Moderator: Jim Rose
Sports Anchor and Reporter, ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Since joining ABC 7 in 1982, Jim Rose has become a significant force in Chicago sports broadcasting. He currently serves as sports anchor/reporter for the station’s top-rated 4 PM and 6 PM newscasts. He is a contributor to ABC 7’s Emmy Award-winning HEART & SOUL, a series of specials that celebrates the rich culture of the African-American community in Chicago. Jim hosts ABC 7’s annual broadcast of one of the largest parades in the country, the Bud Billiken Parade.
Jim began his career in sports broadcasting while serving in the U.S. Army, acting as sports director for AFN-TV in Berlin, West Germany (1973-75). Jim is the vice president of the Swan Group, a non-profit group created to give away the “Swan House” to a Chicago area single mother who achieved academic excellence in college. After more than four years of sweat equity, along with an outpouring of community donations, in October 2006, he handed the keys of a 2,000 sq. ft. house over to a single mother with two children and a 3.8-grade average. Despite the many honors he has received during his career, Jim considers this “one of his life’s crowning achievements.”
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Rhode Island College. He and his wife, Lakesha, live in Chicago.