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Contact Us and ABC7 Station Information

 

ABC7 is the Midwest flagship of the ABC television network. The station's offices and studios are located in the Loop in downtown Chicago.

ABC7 leads the market in local news coverage with daily newscasts from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. ABC7 also offers local news on Saturday and Sunday mornings and at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ABC7 has been in a number one position in local news since March 1986.

Looking for ABC7 on your cable or satellite provider? Check our Channel locations page to locate ABC7 HD, and our D2 and D3 digital channels in your area.

   How do I contact ABC7?

Mailing address:
WLS-TV
190 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone:312-750-7777

Breaking News Hotline: (312) 750-7070

Send your e-mail comments or questions about ABC7 using the department links provided below.

Please only send one message per comment or question. We will redirect internally to all ABC7 departments necessary.

In the event of breaking news, please call (312) 750-7070.  You can also send an e-mail by selecting "BREAKING NEWS" from the "Send To" list below. Thank you!

For questions or complaints about Closed Captioning you can contact News Business Manager Donetta Thomas in writing at the address listed above, via e-mail at wlsclosedcaptioning@abc.com (you can also select "Closed Captioning" from the drop down menu below), call us at: (312) 750-7040, TTY: (312) 750-7041, or send us a Fax at: (312) 750-7470.

Use the links below to contact specific ABC7 departments:

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If you are trying to contact ABC.com or the ABC Network, use the ABC Network Contact Form. If you are trying to reach a Network News program (20/20, World News Tonight, GMA) you can use the ABC News Contact Form. Also, you can look for the addresses to your favorite ABC Network programs here.



   Additional questions

   Where should I send news releases?

Click here to e-mail a news release to the ABC7 News desk. You can also fax them directly to our news desk at (312) 899-8019. You may also mail them to us at WLS-TV News |190 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601.

   How do I send pictures, video, or news tips to ABC7 News?

Click here to send pictures, video, or news tips to ABC7 News.

   How do I get tickets for 'Windy City LIVE,' 'Jeopardy!,' and 'Wheel of Fortune?'

  • 'Windy City LIVE'

    All reservations are obtained through windycitylive.com

  • 'Jeopardy!'

    If you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, to request tickets call (800) 482-9840, or write to:
    Jeopardy! Tickets
    P.O. Box 3763
    Hollywood, CA 90028
     

  • 'Wheel of Fortune'

    For tickets, call (213) 520-5555. To be a contestant, send a postcard to:
    Wheel of Fortune Contestant Auditions
    10202 W. Washington Blvd.
    Suite 5300
    Culver City, CA 90232

   How do I request a satellite waiver?

The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act requires that all waivers be requested directly from your satellite provider.

You would need to call them and request the waiver. Your satellite provider will evaluate your request. If they believe you qualify for a waiver they will grant it. If they are unsure, they will forward your request to WLS-TV for evaluation. We have 30 days to respond to that evaluation request.

   How do I order a tape or transcript?

Unfortunately, the policy of WLS-TV does not allow us to make copies for viewers of tapes or transcripts. However, there are a number of services that record our programs and make them available for a price. You can contact:

Multivision: 800-560-0111
Video Air Check: 708-383-3861
Video Monitoring Service: 312-649-1131

ABC News has a separate service to order videocassettes and written transcripts of news programs. You should call (800) 225-5222. You must know the title and date of the program. If you don't have that information, call (212) 456-7477. Videos are not available for World News Tonight Segments.

   How do I request an ABC7 personality for an event?

To request an ABC7 personality to speak or appear at your event, you should send a letter on your organization's stationery or letterhead requesting the individual you would like to have speak at the particular event.

  • Mail your request:

    • Diana Palomar
      Vice President of Community Affairs
      WLS-TV
      (Name of ABC7 personality you are requesting)
      190 N. State Street
      Chicago, IL 60601
      312-750-7515
      diana.palomar@abc.com

Make sure to include the type of event, date and time of event, and contact information.

   How do I advertise on ABC7 or abc7chicago.com?

To find out about the outstanding sponsorship opportunities available on WLS-TV, please contact the following advertising representatives:

  • To advertise on ABC7 Chicago:

TV Sales
Vincent Sollecito
Vice President and
General Sales Manager
Phone: (312) 750-7584
Contact by e-mail

Online Opportunities
Christine Reller
V.P. Marketing Sales
Ph: 312-750-7241
Fax 312/750-7015
Contact by e-mail

   Jobs at ABC7

If you are interested in employment opportunities with ABC7, please click here to see a list of current openings.

You may also review our Annual EEO Public File Reports listed below.

WLS-TV Chicago 2009 Annual EEO Public File Report
WLS-TV Chicago 2008 Annual EEO Public File Report
WLS-TV Chicago 2007 Annual EEO Public File Report

   Station history at a glance

  • August 1943, W9XBK obtained an FCC license and a construction permit for a commercial television station.
  • October 13, 1943, newly titled WBKB-TV made its debut on Ch.4.
  • 1948: WENR-TV/Ch.7, an ABC-owned station, signed on in Chicago.
  • 1953: WBKB merged with WENR and then became one of the five-owned stations of the American Broadcasting Company.
  • October 1968, another milestone occurred when the FCC authorized the change of call letters from WBKB-TV to WLS-TV.
  • 1986: ABC was sold to Capital Cities, Inc. and the new company became Capital Cities/ABC.
  • January 1996, Capital Cities/ABC was sold to The Walt Disney Company.
  • June 12, 2009: ABC7 drops analog signal, switches to all digital DTV.

Read more about the history of WLS-TV