Carol Marin

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Carol Marin
Born (1948-10-10) October 10, 1948 (age 66)
Occupation Television and print journalist
Known for Reporter/Anchor at WMAQ-TV
Spouse(s) Jonathon Utley
Family Garrick Utley (brother-in-law)

Carol Marin (born October 10, 1948) is a television and print journalist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Marin began her working career as an English teacher and debate coach in Illinois. After she married and moved to Tennessee,[when?] she was unable to find a teaching job. She began her journalism career in 1972 at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee working as a reporter, anchor, and assistant news director. In 1976, she moved to WSM-TV in Nashville, where she was instrumental in the investigative reporting that ultimately led to the ouster and indictment of then-Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton.In 1978, Marin was hired by the NBC owned and operated station, WMAQ-TV, in Chicago, where she worked for almost two decades.[citation needed]

On 1 May 1997, she resigned her position as 6 and 10 p.m. news anchor in protest of the station's decision to give Jerry Springer a commentary segment on the evening news program that she anchored; her co-anchor Ron Magers resigned a few weeks later for the same reason. After the two anchors left the station, ratings plummeted and Springer quit. The conflict was one of many Marin had that built up to her resignation. She was also unhappy with the station's decision to hire a Chicago Bears lineman known for women and gay bashing, in addition to their questionable advertising agreements with companies.

Two months later, Marin and producer Don Moseley were hired by CBS News. She was a network correspondent and an investigative reporter for WBBM-TV, the CBS station in Chicago. From 1997–2002, Marin reported for the CBS News programs 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Evening News with Dan Rather. In 2002 Marin and Moseley left CBS to form an independent documentary company, Marin Corp Productions. They have produced programs for CNN and New York Times/Discovery Channel. Marin Corp is housed at DePaul University. They no longer create documentaries there and teach aspiring DePaul journalism students through internships.[citation needed]

In 2004, she returned to WMAQ-TV, where she is the station's political editor. In addition, Marin has been the political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times since 2004. In 2006, she also signed on as a contributor to Chicago Tonight on WTTW, a public broadcasting station in Chicago. She often moderates panels on topical subjects and interviews newsmakers.


Carol Marin received the Peabody Award in 1997 for her body of work. She and Moseley received another Peabody in 1998 for their documentary on the facially disfigured. They also received national Emmys in 1989 and 1998, as well as two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards in 1986 and 1998 for their reporting. Marin has also won the Gracie Award from American Women in Radio & Television in 2002.

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