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WLS-TV ANNUAL EEO PUBLIC FILE REPORT, AUGUST 1, 2012

WLS-TV ANNUAL EEO PUBLIC FILE REPORT, AUGUST 1, 2012

This Annual EEO Public File Report is filed on behalf of WLS-TV (the "Station" or "ABC7") in compliance with the FCC's EEO reporting requirements.

This report includes information from July 16, 2011 through July 15, 2012.

General Policy

WLS-TV has a longstanding commitment to a policy of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, marital status, religion, age, national origin or citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

This commitment to fair employment practices applies to every aspect of the employment process to ensure that equal consideration is extended to all employees and applicants in recruitment, selection procedures, employee development, performance evaluation, promotions, transfers, benefits and other aspects of employment.

It is WLS-TV's policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion and other practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal employment opportunity.

Responsibility

John Idler, President and General Manager of WLS-TV, is in charge of the implementation and administration of the Equal Opportunity Programs and the accuracy of the information in this report.

Job Vacancy Information

WLS-TV is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to meeting and surpassing the Station's EEO information dissemination obligations. Notices of all full-time job vacancies were posted on the Station's website, on the website of The Walt Disney Company, its ultimate parent company, and on the Illinois Broadcasters Association website. Notices of all full-time job openings were also sent to other professional groups and minority and women's organizations that requested such notification or that the Station believed could be useful referral sources. See Attachment A, the Station's Recruitment Source List, for names, addresses, contact names and numbers of the organizations to which the Station directly sends notices of job openings. In addition, The Walt Disney Company made notices of all those full-time vacancies available to Direct Employers, with instructions to send these notices on to its list of hundreds of colleges, universities, job sites, diversity organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofit organizations across the country and abroad. Other job-specific recruitment sources are itemized in Attachment B below.

The Station will continue to actively seek out new recruitment sources to ensure that word of all job openings is distributed to a broad pool of potential applicants.

Positions Filled

During the reporting period (July 16, 2011 through July 15, 2012), WLS-TV filled sixteen full-time job vacancies. See Attachment B for information about the recruitment initiatives used and the results of those recruitment initiatives.

Supplemental Recruitment Measures

(A) Internship Program: WLS-TV is continuing to offer internships during each fall, winter/spring and summer sessions to college and university students (including women and minorities). An internship generally lasts 12-15 weeks, with each student working about 20 hours per week for school credit. To recruit college interns, our Internship Coordinator goes to several colleges and works directly with the Internship Directors at each school. Information about the internship program is also posted on the Station's website.

Those who have successfully completed the Station internship program have often received full-time paid positions in broadcasting after graduation. By way of example:

" Two of the Station's former interns became General Assignment Reporters at other television stations.

" One former intern was employed as an Account Executive in ABC National TV Sales and has since been promoted to Vice President, Local Sales Manager at WLS-TV.

" One former intern was hired by ABC-TV as a Sales Assistant in Network Sales; another was hired as a Sales Assistant for WLS-TV and has since been promoted to a Marketing Sales Associate. Still another former intern was hired by WLS-TV as an Account Executive.

" In 2003, two former interns were hired by WLS-TV as full-time Graphic Artists in Creative Services.

" From 2004 to 2006, seven former interns were hired as freelance employees by WLS-TV: one in Programming, one in Accounting and five in News.

" Between 2006 and 2008, two former interns were hired by WLS-TV as full-time Producers in Programming.

" Between 2009 and 2010, one former intern was hired by WLS-TV as a full-time Producer in On Line Operations, and two other former interns were hired as freelance employees by WLS-TV in the same department.

" In 2011, three former interns were hired as full time employees; one as a Producer in Programming, one as a Graphic Artist in Creative Services and one as a Production Assistant in Programming.

" In 2012, one former intern was hired as a freelance employee by WLS-TV as a Post Production Coordinator.

See Attachment C for a description of internship opportunities and a list of the schools the interns attended.

(B) Career Days: Over the past year, some of the Station's on-air-talent and managers have given career-oriented talks at the following locations:

Stacy Baca  News Anchor
Hillside Elementary School  Hillside, IL  February 3, 2012

Phil Schwarz  News Anchor
Hawthorne Elementary School  Elmhurst, IL  December 12, 2011
Holy Family Parish Elementary School  Inverness, IL  December 12, 2011
Hawthorne Elementary School  Elmhurst, IL  April 16, 2012
Gavin Middle School  Ingleside, IL  April 16, 2012

(C) Station Tours: Over the past year, some of the Station's on-air-talent and managers have given career-oriented tours of the station:

On August 2, 2011 Linda Yu, a news anchor, gave a tour of the station to a group of students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.

On October 6, 2011 Linda Yu, a news anchor, gave a tour of the station to a student from Mount Carmel High School, Chicago, IL.

On March 14, 2012 Jennifer Graves, the news director, gave a tour of the station to a group of students from Avoca Elementary School, Glenview, IL.

(D) Job Fairs: In August of 2011, the Station hosted a booth at the National Association of Black Journalists Conference. Executive Producer Tony Shute, who has input into hiring decisions, attended and collected resumes of potential job applicants. Mr. Shute reviewed applicant reels and counseled journalists on what hiring managers hope to see when screening audition tapes.

Also in September of 2011, the Station hosted a booth at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Job Fair. Staff Accountant William Barroso, who screens resumes and applications for other departments, attended and collected resumes of potential job applicants.

Also in April of 2012, the Station hosted a booth at the St. Joseph High School Annual Career Fair. Traffic Coordinator, Jennifer Lococo, attended and held conversations with students regarding her career path in broadcasting.

(E) Media Trade Group Postings: During the reporting period, the Station posted all of its full-time job openings on the employment page of the website of the Illinois Broadcasters Association and with several other media organizations with substantial representation of women and minorities.

Efforts to Improve Mailing List and Recruitment Methodology

In an effort to expand and improve its organizational mailing list, the Station has a notice posted continuously on its website inviting interested organizations to contact the Station to receive future job postings. In addition, the Station aired a 15-second spot on both the analog and high definition simulcast channels as well as the Station's second high definition channel requesting that organizations interested in being added to our mailing list contact us. The 15-second spot aired once a month between July of 2011 and June of 2012 on the analog and high definition simulcast channels. The 15-second spot also aired once a month between July of 2011 and June of 2012 on the second high definition channel.

WLS-TV is engaged in a continual effort to evaluate the effectiveness of its EEO outreach and recruitment program and to improve and refine it as needed by monitoring the responses that are received and ensuring that the interviewing pool for the positions it fills includes a large number of qualified applicants from diverse sources. WLS-TV continually modifies and regularly expands its recruitment program as needed to fulfill these goals.

ATTACHMENT A

WLS-TV RECRUITMENT SOURCE LIST
For the Entire Period 07/16/11  07/15/12

602 Communications - 1011 Lyndhurst Falls Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545
Contact Sandy Lizik  Phone (919) 217-4438.
Email slizik@602communications.com

Chicago Urban League -220 South State Street  Suite 1100 - Chicago, Illinois 60604
Contact Joe O. Gray  Phone (312) 692-0766 - Fax (312) 692-0769

City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Workforce Development  1615 West Chicago Avenue  Chicago, IL 60622
Contact Anne Sheahan  Phone (312) 746-8545
Email anne.sheahan@cityofchicago.org

Connecticut School of Broadcasting  3250 Lacey Road  Suite 130  Downers Grove, IL 60515
Contact Gina Ferraro  Phone (630) 390-3568
Email csbdownersgrove@gocsb.com and jobs@gocsb.com

Direct Employers Association

Emma Bowen Foundation  524 West 57th Street  New York, NY 10019
Contact: Phylis Eagle-Oldson  Phone (212) 975-2545
Email Phylis.Eagle-Oldson @nbcuni.com

Harold Washington College - 30 East Lake Street - Chicago, Illinois 60601
Contact Ollie Horan  Phone (312) 553-5667  Fax (312) 553-3130

*Hull House Association - LeClaire-Hearst Community Center - 4340 South Lamon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60638  Ended January 2012
Contact Limarcus Saffold  Phone (773) 487-3721
Email lsaffold@hullhouse.com

Illinois Broadcasters Association Website - www.ilba.org

Illinois Center for Broadcasting - 55 West 22nd St. Suite 240, Lombard, IL 60148
Phone (630) 916-1700.
Email placement.chicago@beonair.com

Illinois Department of Human Services - 401 South Clinton Street - Chicago, Illinois 60607
Contact Job Board  Phone (312) 814-4392  Fax (312) 814-2378
E-mail randy.staton@illinois.gov

*Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans  3800 W. Division Street -
Stone Park, Illinois 60165
Contact Marie Palello  Phone (708) 450-9050  Fax (708) 450-9065
E-mail jcc@jccia.com
Website www.jccia.com

Latino Council on Media - 2011 West Pershing Road - Chicago, Illinois 60609
Contact Mary Gonzalez-Koenig  Phone (773) 247-1778  Fax (773) 247-3924

NAACP - 800 East 78th Street - Chicago, Illinois 60619
Contact Rev. James Demus  Phone (773) 487-9600  Fax (773) 429-9834

*NABET  CWA Local 41  (National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians) 203 North Wabash Avenue  Suite 2118  Chicago, Illinois 60601
Contact Charlie Braico  Phone (312) 372-4111  Fax (312) 372-4115
E-mail charlieb@nabet41.org; jfabrizi@cwa-union.org; dmahoney@cwa-union.org
Website NABET 41.org

NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) - 8701A Adelphi Road - Adelphi, MD 20783
Contact Warren Paul  Phone (301) 445-7100 - Fax (301) 445-7101
Website www.nabj.org

NABJ Chicago Chapter (National Association of Black Journalists) - P.O. Box 811132 - Chicago, IL 60681.
E-mail nabjccsecretary@nabjchicago.org

NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists) - 1000 National Press Building
529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045-2001
Contact Job Bank Coordinator  Phone (202) 662-7145  Fax (202) 662-7144
E-mail jobbank@nahj.org

NLEI (National Latino Education Institute) - 2011 West Pershing Road - Chicago, Illinois 60609
Contact Celia Lopez  Phone (773) 247-0707  Fax (773) 247-4975

NLGJA (National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association) - 1420 K Street, NW
Suite 910 - Washington, DC 20005
Contact L. Spencer  Phone (202) 588-9888  Fax (202) 588-1818
E-mail info@nlgja.org

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition - 930 East 50th Street - Chicago, Illinois 60615
Contact Candice Brown  Phone (773) 373-3366 - Fax (773) 256-2772

Television Bureau of Advertising - 3 East 54th Street - New York, NY 10022
Contact Job Bank Coordinator  Phone (212) 486-1111  Fax (212) 935-5631
E-mail tiphany@tvb.org

*TVJobs.Com - P.O. Box 4116 - Oceanside, CA 92052
Contact Mark Holloway  Phone (760) 754-8177  Fax (760) 754-2115
Website www.tvjobs.com

United Cerebral Palsy Association  325 North Wells Street  Suite 321
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Contact Angela Welch  Phone (312) 464-1608 Fax (312) 464-1646

Westside Business Improvement - 5427 West Madison - Chicago, Illinois 60644
Contact Kimberly Richardson  Phone (773) 921-0166  Fax (773) 921-0935

WLS-TV Website
www.abc7chicago.com

Women Employed - 111 North Wabash - Suite 1300 - Chicago, Illinois 60602
Contact Maritza Gonzalez  Phone (312) 782-3902  Fax (312) 782-5249 thru 5/11/11
E-mail info@womenemployed.org Effective 5/12/11

Youth Job Center of Evanston - 1114 Church Street - Evanston, Illinois 60201
Contact James Sibley  Phone (847) 964-5627  Fax (847) 864-3098

* These organizations explicitly requested to be placed on the Station's Recruitment Source List


ATTACHMENT B

POSITIONS FILLED BETWEEN 07/16/11 - 07/15/12

Listed below are the 16 full-time positions filled at WLS-TV between 07/16/11 and 07/15/12, the recruitment methods used for each, and the sources of interviewed applicants.

News Writer/Producer
Date position was opened: 10/19/10
Date position was filled: 7/18/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Eleven people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Seven candidates from the ABC7 website, two employee referrals, one in-house staff employee candidate and one daily hire employee candidate. The candidate hired was an employee referral.

Technical Manager
Date position was opened: 6/9/11
Date position was filled: 7/18/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A. This position was also promoted at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting Job Fair.
Four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from the ABC7 website, one applicant from the Disney Careers website, one employee referral and one in-house vacation-relief employee applicant. The candidate hired was the employee referral.

Building Manager
Date position was opened: 4/15/11
Date position was filled: 7/27/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A. This position was also promoted at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting Job Fair.
Eight people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Two applicants from the Disney Careers website, three applicants from the ABC7 website, one industry referral and two internal staff employee applicants. The candidate hired was an internal staff employee applicant. This position represented a promotion for the in-house staff employee, from Administrative Assistant to Building Manager.

Administrative Assistant
Date position was opened: 7/28/11
Date position was filled: 8/15/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
This position became vacant only four months after the previous employee was hired. Candidates considered for this position were interviewed between January 25th and March 4th, 2011 for the earlier position. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Four applicants from the ABC7 website and one in-house staff employee applicant. The candidate hired was the one in-house staff employee applicant. This position represented a promotion for the in-house staff employee, from Receptionist to Administrative Assistant.

Producer/Booker
Date position was opened: 7/22/11
Date position was filled: 8/30/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Seven people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Four applicants from the Disney Careers website, one applicant from the ABC7 website, one industry referral and one in-house daily hire employee applicant. The candidate hired was the in-house daily hire employee applicant.

Director/Stage Manager
Date position was opened: 6/10/11
Date position was filled: 10/4/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A. This position was also promoted at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting Job Fair and the Illinois Broadcasters Association Job Fair.
Six people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Three applicants from the Disney Careers website, two industry referrals and one in-house staff employee applicant. The referral source for the candidate hired was the Disney Careers website.

Accounting Clerk
Date position was opened: 10/3/11
Date position was filled: 10/11/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Five people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from the Disney Careers website, one applicant from the ABC7 website, two internal employee referrals and one in-house staff employee applicant. The candidate hired was an in-house staff employee applicant. This position represented a promotion for the in-house staff employee, from Accounting Clerk to Accounts Payable/Administrative Assistant.

Manager of Affiliate Relations  Live Well Network
Date position was opened: 9/15/11
Date position was filled: 10/3/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Thirteen people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Seven applicants from the Disney Careers website, four employee referrals, one in-house staff employee applicant and one in-house daily hire employee applicant. The candidate hired was the in-house staff employee applicant. This position represented a promotion for the in-house staff employee, from Accounting Clerk to Manager of Affiliate Relations.

Photographer/Editor/Live Tech (Two Positions)
Date position was opened: 9/27/11
Date position was filled: 10/19/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Eleven people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from Indeed.com , two employee referrals, four in-house vacation relief employee applicants and four in-house daily hire employee applicants. The candidates hired were two in-house vacation relief employees.

Accounting Clerk
Date position was opened: 10/11/11
Date position was filled: 10/26/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Five people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from the Disney Careers website, three applicants from the ABC7 website and one in-house daily hire employee applicant. The referral source for the candidate hired was the ABC7 website.

Reporter
Date position was opened: 9/27/11
Date position was filled: 10/28/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Eight people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from the Disney Careers website, one applicant from the ABC7 website, three entertainment agent referrals, two employee referrals and one in-house daily hire employee applicant. The candidate hired was the in-house daily hire employee applicant.

Vacation Relief Photographer/Editor/Live Tech (Two Positions)
Date position was opened: 10/19/11
Date position was filled: 11/14/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A.
Seven people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: One applicant from Indeed.com (see footnote on previous page), two employee referrals and four in-house daily hire employee applicants. The candidates hired were two in-house daily hire employees.

Graphic Designer
Date position was opened: 4/13/11
Date position was filled: 12/7/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A. This position was also promoted at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting Job Fair and the Illinois Broadcasters Association Job Fair.
Eight people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Two applicants from the Disney Careers website, two applicants from the ABC7 website, two internal employee referrals and two in-house daily hire employee applicants. The candidate hired was an in-house daily hire employee applicant.

Account Executive
Date position was opened: 7/14/11
Date position was filled: 12/19/11
The Station posted the position on the ABC7 website and the Disney Careers website and faxed or emailed a notice of the position to the organizations listed on Attachment A. This position was also promoted at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Job Fair.
Twenty-four people were interviewed. Referral sources of the candidates interviewed were as follows: Seven applicants from the Disney Careers website, five applicants from the ABC7 website, one industry referral and eleven employee referrals. The candidate hired was the industry referral.


ATTACHMENT C

INTERNS

Following is a description of internship opportunities at WLS-TV and a list of the schools that the station's 2011-12 interns attended.

NEWS DEPARTMENT (15 Interns)
Belmont University May 2012  August 2012
Columbia College of Chicago August 2011  December 2011
Columbia College of Chicago January 2012  May 2012
DePaul University January 2012  March 2012
DePaul University March 2012  June 2012
DePaul University January 2012  May 2012
Indiana University May 2012  August 2012
Loyola University August 2011  December 2011
Northern Illinois University (3) May 2012  August 2012
Northwestern University September 2011  December 2011
Southwestern Assemblies of God University May 2012  August 2012
University of Missouri May 2012  August 2012
University of Wisconsin May 2012  August 2012

Interns are typically assigned to a reporter two days a week and to the news planning department one day a week.

While assigned to reporters, interns work on a variety of stories. Tasks include researching information and setting up possible interviews.

The news planning department is responsible for collecting, researching and developing future news reports for the ABC7 news department. The planning editor and planning department researcher (regular staff employees) create a daily sheet, which lists possible reporting ideas. This list is then used the following day in the morning editorial meeting to decide which news reports will be covered. The planning department is also responsible for planning long-term stories, such as elections and political conventions. News planning department interns assist the planning editor and researcher by answering phone tip lines, collecting and organizing possible future news reports as well as collecting and sorting incoming faxes and mail. They are encouraged to contribute potential story ideas and attend the morning editorial meeting when possible. The interns' duties also include conducting phone pre-interviews on potential interview subjects to determine the newsworthiness of any given story.

SPORTS DEPARTMENT (7 Interns)
Bradley University May 2012  August 2012
Columbia College of Chicago September 2011  December 2011
Columbia College of Chicago December 2011  May 2012

Lawrence University June 2012  August 2012
Miami University May 2012  August 2012
Northwestern University January 2012  May 2012
Texas Christian University May 2012  August 2012

The sports interns are responsible for logging and watching sports events during the day. The interns are also expected to suggest the best highlights for the day's newscast.

When possible, the intern is sent out into the field during sporting events to see how the reporter reacts in the field. From time to time the intern will do interviews.


WEATHER DEPARTMENT (1 Intern)
University of Wisconsin May 2012  August 2012

At first, the intern mainly watches and learns the daily procedures. The intern will do some surface analysis and temperature plotting, along with monitoring certain computers and clearing charts. The weather department teaches the interns things they need to know in order to work as a broadcast meteorologist. The intern will learn forecasting, on-air presentation, graphic production and story writing skills, and how to work under deadlines.

CREATIVE SERVICES / PROGRAMMING DEPARTMENT (37 Interns)
Arizona State University May 2012  August 2012
Columbia College of Chicago (4) September 2011  December 2011
Columbia College of Chicago (6) January 2012  May 2012
DePaul University (2) September 2011  December 2011
DePaul University (3) January 2012  May 2012
Illinois Center for Broadcasting September 2011  December 2011
Lake Forest College January 2012  May 2012
Lewis University January 2012  May 2012
Loyola University September 2011  December 2011
Loyola University May 2012  August 2012
Nork Park University August 2011  December 2011
Northwestern University June 2012  August 2012
Olivet Nazarene University May 2012  August 2012
Purdue University August 2011  December 2011
Southeastern University January 2012  May 2012
University of Arizona May 2012  August 2012
University of Arkansas May 2012  August 2012
University of Chicago June 2012  August 2012
University of IllinoisChicago (2) May 2012  August 2012
University of IllinoisSpringfield May 2012  August 2012
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (3) May 2012  August 2012
University of Missouri May 2012  August 2012
University of Southern California May 2012  August 2012


Interns assigned to the creative services / programming department can be involved in either two main areas of work:

PRODUCTION - Interns work closely with producers who are responsible for a wide variety of productions and programs scheduled to air on WLS-TV during their time of assignment. Interns can be directly involved in research, planning, shooting, screening and editing of videotape. This is "field" and office experience. In both cases, interns act as production associates to the producers. The work is creative and deadline-demanding, and provides an understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes of studio-based live events and field-produced programs.

PUBLICITY - Interns work closely with the WLS-TV Station Publicist, in concert with the Program Director, in helping to cultivate and maintain a professional public profile in the greater community. Interns learn how press releases are written and how they are used to communicate both publicly and "internally" among other media outlets and allied fields. Interns learn also to gather important information from various sources to help managers keep abreast of the marketplace. The work is information-oriented and provides an understanding of the need for clear communication  both publicly and internally.

ON LINE OPERATIONS (2 Interns)
Columbia College of Chicago January 2012  May 2012
Marquette University May 2012  August 2012

Online operations include abc7chicago.com and 190north.com as well as several "in production" projects. Website interns:

- Update and develop website content
- Research internet-related reports, sites and systems
- Format documents and images
- Work with other departments in the station on web-related projects