2009
Channel 7 weekend anchor to speak at annual Martin Luther King breakfast

Channel 7 weekend anchor to speak at annual Martin Luther King breakfast
November 5, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Karen Jordan, who grew up in Evanston and returned home to co-anchor the ABC 7 Weekend News, will be the featured speaker January 18, 2010 at the 15th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast sponsored by Benedictine University and College of DuPage. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Krasa Center Dining Room on the campus of Benedictine University. Jordan graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1994. She earned a master's in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1995. Jordan began her career in Rockford as a general assignment reporter for WIFR-TV from 1995-97. Jordan worked as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WKEF-TV in Dayton from 1997-99 before moving over to WRGT-TV from 1999-2000. From 2000-2003, Jordan served as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pa. before joining ABC 7 Chicago in July 2003. Jordan was named a 2003 Rising Star by Today’s Chicago Woman, honored with the YMCA Black Achiever Award in 2000 and received the Bethune Recognition for women in the media from the National Council of Negro Women in 1999. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Nashville, Tenn. and married to broadcast journalist Christian Farr, Jordan is the daughter of long-time WGN anchor and reporter Robert Jordan. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates the diversity of college communities, is one of the largest events of its kind in the country. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund at both schools. Tickets are $25. Corporate sponsorships (tables of eight) are available for $2,000. For more information about the event or for tickets, contact the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage at (630) 942-4000.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.