Fahey Flynn

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Fahey Flynn
WLS TV Eyewitness News team 1972.JPG
Eyewitness News team, 1972. Back, from left: anchor John Drury, anchor Joel Daly. Front, from left: weatherman John Coleman, anchor Fahey Flynn, sportscaster Bill Frink.
Born August 6, 1916
Escanaba, Michigan, U.S.
Died August 8, 1983(1983-08-08) (aged 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation News Anchor
WBBM-TV (1953-1968)
WLS-TV (1968-1983)
Years active 1953-1983

Fahey Flynn (August 6, 1916 – August 8, 1983) was a radio and television newscaster who spent the majority of his career in Chicago. Robert Feder of the Chicago Sun-Times described him as "an avuncular Irishman with a jaunty bow tie [and] a twinkle in his eye".[1]

A six-time Emmy winner,[2] Flynn started his career in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1934.[3] Flynn worked in Chicago from 1941 until his death at a hospital there from internal hemorrhaging in 1983 at age 67.[3] From 1953 to 1968, he was an anchor for WBBM-TV. He then joined Joel Daly as co-anchor at WLS-TV, and by 1971 the pair had become Chicago's highest-rated broadcasting team,[1] retaining the lead in Chicago news ratings through 1979.

Flynn, a history and English major, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1939 and received the distinguished alumni award in 1978.[4]


  1. ^ a b Robert Feder. "Legendary anchorman left lasting impression". Chicago Sun-Times. August 8, 2003. 57.
  2. ^ "Fahey Flynn, at 67; Radio-TV newsman". Associated Press. Boston Globe. August 10, 1983.
  3. ^ a b "Chicago Newscaster Fahey Flynn Dies". The Pantagraph. August 9, 1983. p. 4. Retrieved May 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "1979-1970 — Alumni". www.uwosh.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 

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