Joanie Lum has more than 20 years of experience reporting for Chicago-area stations, most recently serving for six years as a general assignment reporter for WBBM-TV. Prior to that, she spent 16 years as a general assignment reporter for WGN-TV.
Earlier in Lum's career, she spent a year as a reporter, anchor, producer and weathercaster at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois. Before that, she was an associate producer for one year at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Her first broadcasting job was reporting for the student-run, commercially-owned KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Throughout her career, Lum has interviewed numerous newsmakers, most notably His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his 1996, 1999 and 2007 Chicago visits. She was part of the team that earned the 2008 Chicago Emmy Award for Spot News for coverage of the NIU shootings, as well as the 2005 National Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage within a Newscast for "Farewell to the Pope." She was also honored with two Emmy Awards for her work on the 2003 and 2004 Chicago Marathon broadcasts.
From 2000-2001, Lum wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune, "Adventure Shopping with Joanie Lum," chronicling her experiences hosting the WGN-TV segment, "Around Town."
A graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Lum holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is a past president of the Asian American Journalists Association's Chicago chapter and is currently an advisory board member of the Chinese American Service League, Inc.
No one is in custody Monday morning as the investigation continues.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details about the fatality.
Alvin Thomas, of South Shore, faces two felony counts of first-degree murder, Chicago police said.
Although no one was injured in the blaze, the building is expected to be a complete loss, fire officials said.
The family of a 12-year-old boy seriously hurt in a hit-and-run last week in Deerfield is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the driver.
The current batch of snowfall is expected to taper off by about 1 p.m., but the snow will continue to fall periodically throughout the Chicago area until Saturday, the weather service said.
Just after midnight, crews responded to calls of a fire at a home in the 4700 block of West 12th Place, according to a statement from the Cicero Fire Department.
The alleged shooter is in custody and charges are pending, police said.
No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.
The 27-year-old was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.