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Cheryl Burton Profile
Cheryl Burton is an American 15-time Emmy Award-winning Veteran anchor who is currently working at ABC7 Chicago. At the station, she anchors the ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5 PM and, in June 2018, was contributing anchor to the anchor of the station’s 10 PM newscast.
Cheryl Burton Age
Burton is 61 years old as of 2023. She was born on 25th December 1962, in Chicago, Illinois United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on 25th December every year.
Cheryl Burton Height
She stands at the height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Cheryl Burton Family
Burton is the Fourth of five kids having three sisters and a brother. Her mother Hattie taught in the Chicago Public School system for more than three decades. Both her parents were born and raised in the South and eventually settled in Chicago in the 1950s.
Cheryl Burton Husband
Burton was married to Jim Rose who is an American sports anchor currently working for ABC7 Chicago, the affiliate in Chicago, Illinois since joining in January 1982. The couple tied the knot in 1986 and divorced in 1995. They don’t have any children together. Since then, there is no information on her dating anybody else.
Cheryl Burton Career
Burton is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. Furthermore, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. A graduate of Chicago’s Robert Lindblom High School, Burton was the first alumnus to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in April 2007.
Burton graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Biology. While there she was a member of the Marching Illini, one of the nation’s premier college marching bands, and had the opportunity to march in the Rose Bowl and the Liberty Bowl.
Additionally, Burton’s reporting has taken her to the heart of Chicago neighborhoods, across the United States, and around the globe. One of the highlights of her career was covering the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. Whether she’s covering the opening of Oprah’s school for girls in South Africa, exposing the plight of one of Illinois’ poorest schools, or assessing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Burton brings compelling stories home to Chicago.
She is dedicated to exposing injustice and bringing the stories of the underprivileged to the forefront. She interviews political candidates, sports figures, celebrities, ordinary citizens, and world leaders. Moreover, her trademark warm and insightful approach gives viewers a unique perspective of people in the news. Her reporting style has been described as refreshing, informative, committed, investigative, and smart. Furthermore, during the ceremony honoring Burton with a Chicago Journalists Association 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cheryl Burton ABC7 Chicago
Burton announced the scholarship she is creating at her alma mater, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, that will be awarded to a graduating senior going to college studying journalism. additionally, Burton notes that some of her most special life moments include her annual winter holiday toy drive benefiting children living in domestic violence shelters, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience as an honored guest at the Oprah’s Legends Ball.
Cheryl was the only and final interviewee with Oprah Winfrey before she bid farewell to her daytime talk show after 25 years. That exclusive interview covered a quarter of a century of love lessons, joy, legacy, and what the “Queen of Talk” called an adventure of a lifetime. Moreover, Oprah talked about how Chicago changed her life, her favorite guests, and the interviews she wanted but was never able to land. Additionally, she discussed her future and why she credits her success to Windy City.
The exclusive interview was on Good Morning America. Burton has received many honors for her work, including the 15 Emmy Awards. Burton won the coveted 2008 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence International Award for her coverage of the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Additionally, in 2008, they Vernon Jarrett Par Excellence Award in journalism. She was the first recipient of the 2005 “Sisters in the Spirit” Award.
Given by Chicago area gospel singers to persons who exemplify a faith-based life. Furthermore, she has the honor of receiving the Thurgood Marshall Award in 2004 and 2005. The Chicago Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) presented Burton with the 2004 Russ Ewing Award for the emotional story of a mother-to-daughter kidney donation.
Cheryl Burton Awards
Furthermore, In 2003, Burton received the same award from CABJ for her coverage of the E2 nightclub tragedy. Her coverage of the Pope’s visit to Canada in 2002 was lauded. She has the 1998 Kizzy Image and Achievement Award. Which honors black women who have excelled in their professions. Furthermore, In 1997, Burton won the Phenomenal Woman Award from the expo for Today’s Black Woman.
Her coverage of the Million Man March earned another CABJ award in 1995. For her role in inspiring women across the country. Her work covering the inauguration of Chicago’s Barack Obama, The Obama Inauguration, and Journey to Witness History, garnered her a 2009 Emmy Award. Furthermore, in 2009, Burton received the 2009 Procter and Gamble Pioneer Award for community service.
Burton was chosen to receive an “Unsung Sheroes” honor awarded by the National Basketball Association Wives Association Inc. The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana paid tribute to Cheryl by honoring her with their prestigious Luminary Award. Before joining ABC 7 Chicago, Burton was a weeknight anchor for the 6 p.m. news at KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas.
Cheryl Burton Volunteer
There she was recognized for her role in a campaign that was instrumental in reducing the number of low birth-weight babies and infant deaths. She also hosted the talk show “Viewpoint” (1990-92). In 1990, Burton served as a general assignment reporter for WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. Moreover, she began her broadcasting career at Chicago’s WGN-TV as co-anchor of the nationally syndicated weekly series “MBR: The Minority Business Report” (1989).
Burton is very active in the Chicago community and gives much of her time to non-profit groups and charities. Furthermore, she is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Moreover, she serves as a motivational speaker for the Chicago Public Schools. Burton serves on the boards of the Life with Lupus Guild, the Multicultural Dance Center, and City Year. She also participates in the Rush-Presbyterian/St Luke’s fashion show. She has a Grace and Beauty Award. The DuSable Museum History Maker Award, and Girl Scout Camp CEO Leader. Cheryl is a lifelong and proud Girl Scout. She lives in Chicago.
Cheryl Burton Salary
She has an estimated annual salary of $30,000 to $80,000 from her career at ABC7 Chicago.
Cheryl Burton Net Worth
Burton has an estimated annual net worth of $ 1 million to $5 million earned from her career as a Veteran Anchor.
Cheryl Burton Social Media Platforms
Burton is very active on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. She has 15.1k followers on Twitter, 18.3k followers on Instagram, and 42k followers on Facebook.