One of Chicagoland’s best-known TV anchors, Robert H. Jordan, Jr., will return on May 10 to the alma mater he graduated from more than 40 years ago to share wisdom and advice with graduating Roosevelt University students.
A 1977 Roosevelt alumnus, Jordan will address approximately 800 new graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree during the University’s Commencement ceremonies in the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Parkway, Chicago.
“For many years, Robert Jordanhas been our go-to source for breaking news and commentary,” said Roosevelt University President Ali Malekzadeh of the retired WGN-TV anchor, writer and entrepreneur who has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Roosevelt, a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and a PhD from Loyola University in Chicago.
“When we think of Chicago news, the image and voice of Robert Jordan frequently come to mind. He is truly one of Chicago’s very own, and we are proud to welcome and recognize him for his many accomplishments,” Malekzadeh said.
A native of Atlanta who served as a surgical assistant in the U.S. Army, Jordan got his start in TV in 1980 as the anchor of an early morning variety show in Nashville, Tenn. He began work at WGN-TV in 1973 as a general assignment reporter and anchor, leaving the station in 1978 for a two-year stint as Midwest bureau correspondent with CBS News where he did nightly news reports with Walter Cronkite. Returning to WGN in 1980, Jordan for many years co-anchored the weekend news with Jackie Bange before retiring from the station in 2016.
The recipient of numerous awards and active locally on many fronts, Jordan recently published his first book, “Murder in theNews: An Inside Look at How Television Covers Crime.” Among other accomplishments, he has written screenplays, an award-winning article on surviving prostate cancer and has produced video biographies chronicling
generational stories for affluent families seeking to preserve family legacies through one of his own production companies, Video Family Biographies.
Jordan will address graduates from Roosevelt’s College of Education, College of Pharmacy, and Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration at 10 a.m. and graduates of Roosevelt’s College of Arts and Sciences and Chicago College of Performing Arts at 2 p.m. In recognition of his work, he will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.