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Christine Tressel
Investigative Journalist
Public Affairs Reporting

Christine Tressel (Class of 1987) is an investigative journalist on the I-Team at WLS-TV in Chicago, where she has worked in various producer roles for more than 30 years. She started her career as a reporter and morning anchor in Springfield for WCIA-TV while interning for the station as part of her master’s degree in PAR. After graduation she moved to the station’s Champaign headquarters. Tressel left WCIA in 1992 to join WLS-TV as a writer and later became associate producer for the 10 p.m. newscast. She was promoted to medical producer at the ABC station in 1994, producing a daily segment as well as in-depth weekly enterprise for the 10 p.m. newscast for nearly 20 years. She joined the I-Team in 2013. She is one of the station’s most in-demand field producers. She has been called upon for breaking news, from tornadoes and corruption trials to politics, including the 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns as well as numerous local elections. She has often combined her medical expertise and hard-news chops, helping guide the station’s COVID coverage during the global pandemic and producing investigative reports on the opioid crisis, mental health stigma and healthcare injustice. She has earned numerous AP and Emmy honors and a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for the exposure of an illegal online doctor's service operating in Illinois.