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In 1993, Larry Yellen joined FOX 32 as investigative reporter and legal analyst.
I'm a local boy--a graduate of Waukegan Township High School, who went on to attend the University of Michigan and study Journalism. At Michigan, I was the recipient of a Chick Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association; it's a great program, based in the Chicago area, which puts golf caddies through college. Then I went on to Northwestern University Law School, and then to my first job in Journalism, as a newspaper reporter for the Muskegon (Mi.) Chronicle. Muskegon's about four hours from Chicago; one of my fondest memories there is cross-country skiing to work in heavy snow--it was sometimes the only way to get the newspaper out.
Muskegon is where I did my first investigative reporting, and I used the experience to move on to a three-year stint with the Better Government Association in Washington D.C. From Washington, it was back to Chicago, where I worked for eleven years with WLS-TV before joining FOX Chicago News in 1993.
At FOX, I was hired to do investigations, but soon -- thanks to the O.J. Simpson case -- I found myself doubling as our legal analyst. In 2010 I became weekend anchor of our 9 p.m. news. I've investigated dangerous consumer products and local corruption, while covering major trials here and legal stories nationwide.
I've been fortunate enough to win lots of awards, but even more important has been the opportunity to produce stories that make a difference by saving lives, or taxpayers' dollars. And while I love what I do, I've managed to find time over the years for tennis, fly fishing, but most importantly, my family.