Not Done Yet

with Alan Krashesky

Alan Krashesky is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. As ABC 7’s primary news anchor, he currently co-anchors three of ABC 7’s top-rated weekday newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. Among Chicago’s most trusted news anchors, Krashesky is well-known and respected for both his news anchoring and news reporting. Every newscast he has anchored has consistently been rated No. 1 in the Chicago market. He joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 1982. Krashesky’s reporting in Chicago and abroad has earned high praise. He has earned numerous Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards and a Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award. He is considered one of the top reporters in the market to cover major domestic and international stories. He gained his first broadcasting experience in college when he was a news anchor on WICB-FM radio in Ithaca, New York. In addition to his career accomplishments, Krashesky has a long and outstanding history of volunteering his personal time for community service. He serves as a mentor for students interested in broadcast journalism and is a local spokesperson for Alzheimer’s disease. He is also a member of the Chicago Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Society of Professional Journalists. Krashesky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but attended the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a residential school for children with financial and social needs.

IN THIS EPISODE…Joe and Alan talk about his impressive career, Alan has been a news anchor for almost 40 years. While the news, its content, and digging into the idea of truth in media is a part of the conversation, Alan’s personal story is also incredibly important. Alan talks about his upbringing and how a horrible tragedy led to a life path, while may seem unorthodox, ultimately gave him the stability he needed to become the successful person he is today. Alan advocates for forward progress over perfection. Goals are important, but things can happen along the way that can take you down a different path.


🔍 Breakdown with Alan Krashesky:
Chapter 1 (0:00): Introduction
Joe introduces Alan and sets up the episode.

Chapter 2 (2:00) Alan’s early life
Alan’s father was taken from him too soon. His mother could not handle taking care of her children alone, so Alan was sent to an all boys school

Chapter 3 (22:29) Letter to his wife
While a young man, Alan met his now wife at a time where there was no social media and they corresponded with hand written letters.

Chapter 4 (24:36) Decisions pave the way
You often cannot connect the dots by looking forward, only by looking back. You may not know why an event is happening in your life until it has passed you.

Chapter 5 (33:55) Crime and media coverage
Alan was a victim of a terrible crime and therefore is able to bring his empathy and compassion to the stories he tells.

Chapter 6 (60:12) How to process live information
Being on air and gettinig information live can be stressful, but Alan explains how he is able to manage and recover from any mistakes.

Chapter 7 (65:41) Leadership and finding the we vs me
You are only as good as the team around you. Make sure you are finding the right people to surround yourself with.

Chapter 8 (65:41) Finding truth in the news
The most important point to keep in mind, is your source of truth. Also you need to keep in mind affiliations surrounding your media.

Chapter 9 (70:52) Critics of the world
Developing thick skin is important and to learn the importance of not giving attention to negativity.

Chapter 10 (77:59) Closing Remarks
Joe wraps up the episode and shares his final thoughts

Material Referenced in this interview:
→Channel 7 News

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