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Alex Maragos ’13 Joins WMAQ-Channel 5 News in Chicago

Alex Maragos, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2013 with a degree in journalism and mass communications, has joined the staff at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, in Chicago.

Alex was previously a morning and midday reporter and news anchor for News 18 WLFI, a CBS affiliate in West Lafayette, Indiana, which is ranked at No. 187 in the media market by Nielsen Co. The Chicago station is ranked No. 3.

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, announced that starting Aug. 11, Alex will be a general assignment reporter. “We’re excited to bring Alex back to his home town,” Whittaker said. “His experience in Chicago and his passion for breaking news will be a great addition to our news team.”

A Chicago native, Alex held internships at Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 and ESPN Radio sports talk WMVP AM 1000.

He’s received a number of awards, including first place, Best Breaking News Story, Indiana Broadcasters Association (2014); first place, Best Breaking News Coverage, SPJ Indiana (2014); second place, Best Newscast, SPJ Indiana (2014); second place, Best Newscast, Indiana Broadcasters Association (2014); and third place, Feature Story, SPJ Indiana (2014).