Cheryl Burton Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13 Aug, 2021
Facts of Cheryl Burton
Date of Birth: 1962 , December-25
Age: 58 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Cheryl Burton
Birth Name Cheryl Burton
Father Lillian
Mother Neil Peter Burton
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Illinois
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Afro-American Ethnicity
Profession Journalist
Working For ABC 7 Chicago
Net Worth $1 million
Hair Color Brown-Dark
Face Color Brown
Famous for Journalist
Married NA
Married to Jim Rose (1986-95)
Education University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Awards N/A
Online Presence Facebook,Wiki,Twitter,Instagram
Siblings 4
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American TV journalist Cheryl Burton is a news anchor of ABC-affiliated TV, WLS-TV.  She is working in Chicago, Illinois for the last 25 years.  She anchors the 5 p.m. news show alongside fellow journalist Alan Krashesky. Burton is also a contributor to the 10 p.m. news program.

Cheryl Burton began her broadcasting career in 1989 at WGN-TV in Chicago. She then moved to Peoria, Illinois, and worked at WMBD-TV from 1990-92. Before becoming a journalist, she was a part of the Chicago Honey Bears cheerleading squad for the Chicago Bears for three seasons from 1983-86.  She was married to fellow journalist Jim Rose from 1986-95.

Early Life And Education Of Cheryl Burton

Burton was born on December 25, 1962at Provident Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. She was born to a house decorator Lillian and an advocate consultant Neil Peter Burton. Before her birth, Cheryl’s mother had married Neil and thus we don’t know is her biological father. 

She was brought up with her two sisters and a brother, William. Born into a religious family, she is a Christian and is an American citizen. 

As a child, she attended the local Lindblom Technical High School in Illinois and graduated from there in 1981. Not a very talented student in a class, Cheryl was a good athlete who took part in games like high jump and running from her school’s team.

After graduating, she was enrolled at the University of Illinois where she studied Biology and graduated with Psychology as her minor. Her name was enlisted in the school's hall of fame in 2007. After she completed her education, she worked in a quite different field from what she had studied.

Cheryl Burton's Career

Cheryl Burton started working as a broadcaster and soon began appearing on TV. Working in that job for some time, she started to enjoy life as a presenter and thus changed her work into journalism.

She began her broadcasting career in 1989 with WGN-TV in Chicago where she was the host of a show named "MBR: The Minority Business Report".

Prior to that, she appeared in a TV series named Simply Elegant.  A year later, she moved to work with WMBD-TV, which was located in Peoria. From there, she moved to Kansas and worked a couple of years for KWCH-TV till 1992. 

In 1992, Burton began joined the ABC-affiliated WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, she is working for the network. She co-anchors the 5 p.m. news with Ala Krashesky. She is also a contributor to the 10 p.m. news show.

Cheryl Burton's Net Worth And Salary

Burton's estimated net worth is $1 million-plus as of 2018. But, it is not officially confirmed. The average annual salary for a news anchor is $83,300 in ABC News, as per some sources.

She is one of the experienced and old employees of the WLS-TV. Since she earns a huge amount of salary than a new and less experienced journalist. Burton is active on social networking sites like Instagram and Twitter.

Burton was the first recipient of the 2005 Sisters the Spirit Award. She has also received the 2009 Procter & Gamble Award for her outstanding community service. She won the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Salute to Excellence International in 2008.

She was honored with the Thurgood Marshall Award in year 2004 and 2005. Also in 2004, the Chicago Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) honored Burton with the Russ Ewing Award for her coverage of the E2 nightclub tragedy. 

Cheryl Burton's Personal Life

Cheryl Burton keeps her personal affairs and dating life away from the media. She is 55-year-old as of 2018 and single. She previously married to fellow journalist Jim Rose from 1986-95. 

Burton and Rose began dating in the early 1980s. Their romantic affair turned into an engagement when he proposed to her on the anniversary of their first date with a diamond ring under the night sky.

She married her boyfriend Jim Rose her the fellow reporter of  ABC channel in 1986. They lived together for nearly nine years and divorced in 1995. The couple didn’t have any children together. 



Burton is an active user of the news media site Twitter. She regularly shares her ups and downs via her Twitter. In 2018, her mother passed away and she has posted several Tweets for her tribute.  She is also a good friend of hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper. 

Though most guesses that this romantic affair would go far, it sadly did not.  Although Burton is rumored to have been married again, there is no news of confirmation about it.