Early Bird Gets the Traffic

Multiple Emmy award winner Roz Varon has served on the Board of Governors of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since 2000.

Roz Varon

Roz Varon

Traffic’s been good to me! Not from a driver’s perspective; I dislike sitting in solid delays as much as the next person. I mean as a career. I was first hired as a radio traffic reporter in Chicago six months after graduating from Columbia College. I was fortunate enough to make the switch to TV in 1989 when ABC7 started a morning newscast and had the foresight to include rush hour traffic reports. The rest, as they say, is history. According to my bio, I am “the first TV traffic anchor in the country to bring rush hour traffic reporting to the morning news.” That being said, all good things come with a price. Mine is getting up at 2 a.m. for work –- and trying to have a “normal” life!  Bedtime is 8 p.m. and that still doesn’t give me enough sleep. As you might imagine, I make the most of my weekends!

My teenage daughter is pursuing a career in film and TV production. I recently put together a short video, “Behind the Scenes at ABC 7 News This Morning” as part of a presentation for her broadcast class. I hope you enjoy it!