Roz Varon is the traffic/transportation reporter for ABC 7 News This Morning, the #1 morning newscast in Chicago. She joined ABC 7 News in April 1989, making her the first full-time traffic reporter in Chicago. Varon not only updates Chicagoans on traffic snarls and travel times, but provides extensive coverage of the transportation beat, zeroing in on stories ranging from driving safety and toll way hikes to upcoming road construction plans and repairs. In addition, Varon hosts weekend entertainment segments each Friday on the ABC 7 News at 4 p.m.
Before joining ABC 7, Varon served at WFYR Radio in Chicago, where she was traffic reporter, editor, and morning and afternoon on-air personality. Earlier in her career, Varon worked as an on-air personality at WLAK/WLIT Radio in Chicago and as a traffic reporter, editor, and morning on-air personality for Chicago's WUSN Radio.
Varon began her career at WLS Radio in Chicago, where she was a morning airborne traffic reporter and editor. In addition to her work in radio and television, she taught radio broadcasting courses at Chicago's Columbia College.
In 2003, Varon received an Emmy award for her contributions to the Water Main Break Sport Coverage. Additional awards for her work include the 2003 Woman of Achievement Award from the Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council, the 2002 Anti-Cruelty Society's Media Person of the Year, and the 2001 Mothers Against Drunk Driving "MADD About You" Award. The U.S. Department of Transportation honored Varon in 1999 with their Highway Safety Education Award.
Varon volunteers much of her time to charitable organizations. She is active in United Cerebral Palsy; the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program; the Anti-Cruelty Society, in which she co-hosts the annual fundraiser "Bark in the Park;" and the Girl Scouts, where she has been a troop leader for the past three years. Varon also serves on the advisory boards of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of DuPage County, and Emerald City Theatre Company.
Varon received a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in 1980. She has one daughter and resides in the western suburbs of Chicago.