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.
After seeing a significant drop in the number of pre-kindergarten and special education students enrolled in its online classes, the Chicago Public Schools on Friday announced that many of those children would return to the classroom by the end of December.
One of the Columbus statues removed this summer sat at Arrigo Park. It was relocated because of violent protests, but not destroyed. Italian Americans say enough is enough and to put the statues back.
The night before the store closed, John Stefanos passed away at age 74.
A rally in support of nurses and essential workers Friday morning is tying up traffic in the Loop near Millennium Park.
A fire broke out early Tuesday in a Loop high-rise, killing one pet and sending six people to hospitals for smoke inhalation.
A teenager who survived being hit by lightning in Florida is making strides with treatment in Chicago.
The southbound local lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway reopened about 8 a.m. Monday after authorities investigated a shooting on the South Side.
On Wednesday night, unknown individuals carried out an attack on Ald. Ray Lopez's house with bricks that were thrown through the windows and a fire was started in the alley.
Four people were in good condition after being shot early Tuesday at a Near North Side gas station.
Four children were among 65 people shot across Chicago this weekend, 18 of them fatally. Three of the children were killed.