Norman Ross dies

Former WLS-TV reporter Norman Ross died today from heart failure at his Chicago home. He was 86.

Ross had been in broadcasting since the 1950’s, working at WFMT and WGN-AM, and was a reporter for ABC-owned WBKB-TV (now WLS-TV) in the 1960’s.

He left media shortly after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the riots that followed. Ross went into banking, hoping to bring together the city’s financial institutions and the African-American inner city.

Ross also traveled the world, opening an office in China for the City of Chicago in the 1980’s. He retired in 1986, but three years later, rejoined WLS in 1989 (reporting around the world) and retired again in 2001.

Ross is survived by a daughter, Diana Ross Fairweather (no relation to the famous singer.)