Karen Jordan - ABC 7
How happy are we to welcome Karen Jordan from ABC-7?  To say we've waited years for this would not be an understatement.  We came close two years ago, when we got her to the ballroom to cheer on her husband, but this year is finally her year!  You'll recognize Karen since she co-anchors the #1 rated weekend newscast in Chicago, the ABC 7 Weekend News with Ravi Baichwal (who donned a disco ball shirt for us a few years ago).

She grew up in Evanston and joined ABC 7 Chicago in July 2003.

Karen previously served as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pa., where she worked from 2000-03. In addition to anchoring the station's weekend newscast, she served as the primary fill-in for WPHL's weekday anchor and covered breaking news and local stories. Prior to her time in the City of Brotherly Love, she was a main anchor and reporter at WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.
Karen has been recognized for excellence throughout her career. Most recently, she was named a 2003 Rising Star by Today's Chicago Woman. She was honored with the YMCA Black Achiever Award in 2000 and received the Bethune Recognition for women in the media from the National Council of Negro Women in 1999. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Asked about joining our ballroom, Karen says, ""What an honor to be part of Dancing With Chicago Celebrities! Dancing is always something I love to do around the house, but stepping out on stage in a competition is a little intimidating. But I'm doing it in honor of my Aunt Gwen, who is a breast cancer survivor."

Karen graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., with a B.A. degree in English in 1994. She earned a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1995.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Karen is married to broadcast journalist Christian Farr, whom DWCC fans will remember as a 2016 Dancing With Chicago Celebrities alum.  Her father, Robert Jordan, is a long-time anchor and reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago.

Please come and cheer on Karen in person as she dances to honor Aunt Gwen: you can buy tickets here.
If you'd like to make a donation in her honor, please click here.
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