The sad news was reported on Wednesday, October 10 that longtime NBC anchor Warner Saunders has passed away. The Chicago journalist and former teacher collapsed on Tuesday night at his home in Chicago.
According to his wife, Saunders was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital after he collapsed. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the hospital at the age of 83.
Saunders had one of the most prolific careers in Chicago television. According to NBC, he worked at the company for 29 years before retiring in 2009. During that time, he won 20 Emmys for news, sports, documentaries, children's programs, conversation talk shows, and community meetings.
NBC also noted that Saunders was considered by many to be "the most versatile performer in the history of Chicago television."
During his final moments on NBC in 2009, Saunders said, "I think the first and most important thing is to say to the viewers is I'm just in awe that you have allowed me to come into your home for all of these years."
Throughout his inspiring career, Saunders received the Illinois Broadcasters Association Public Service Award, the Gabriel Award, the Ohio State Award, and the 1999 Hull House Jane Addams Award.
Beyond his career on television, Saunders was a teacher as well. He taught at several public schools in Chicago, National College of Education, Malcolm X College, Northeastern Illinois University, and at Indiana University's Northwest campus. There, he was voted as "teacher of the year" for two consecutive terms.
Saunders was also a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle. At one point, he was also the president of the National Association of Black Journalists, Chicago Chapter.
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