News Managing Editor Judy Pielach, who’s also an Anchor/Reporter, is a Chicago native, born and raised on the Northwest Side in Bucktown. She’s a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she earned degrees in both Radio and Television and Political Science.
You’ve heard Judy on the air at WGN Radio since 1986, but her association with the station began right after college — in 1982, when she worked at WGN-TV as a promotions intern. She ended up staying more than a year, before landing a temporary position as a News Writer at WGN Radio. From there, she went on to work for WIVS/WXET in Crystal Lake. In 1985, she became News Director. But the following year, she left for her first love, WGN Radio. You can hear Judy anchoring the news on the Mike McConnel Show and The Noon Show.
Judy’s covered numerous high profile stories during her career at WGN, from shootings, to plane crashes and more recently, the Rod Blagojevich Corruption Trial. While Breaking News is her strong suit when it comes to reporting, she’s also spent many years in courtrooms, covering corruption, murder and public policy trials. At various times in her years at WGN, Judy’s been the Assignment Editor, Education Reporter, Crime Reporter, Court Reporter and has worked on a host of “Special Assignments.”
Judy’s won numerous prestigious awards, including two Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards for Best Series. One, “Smack in the Suburbs,” was on heroin use. The other, “Why Not Me?” chronicled her battle with Breast Cancer. She also won the 2007 AP Award for Best Reporter.
Judy lives in the western suburbs with her three children. She’s involved in a number of organizations including the PTA, Athletic Boosters and local civic events. She’s also a proud graduate of the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy. She’s a big supporter of “giving back” and donates her time to charitable organizations whenever possible. “Lift em up”, The Hideout’s “Soup and Bread” and Lombard’s Community Table are a few of her favorites. She also enjoys speaking to groups, including schools, charities and local governments.