Robin Meade Profile

Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder profiles HLN’s Robin Meade.

Long before America woke up to Robin Meade as the star of HLN’s Morning Express, Chicago couldn’t get enough of the former beauty queen-turned-anchorwoman. Among numerous fansites she inspired during her six-year run at WMAQ-Channel 5 was one actually called “Can’t Get Enough of Robin Meade.”

It’s been more than a decade since she left the NBC-owned station, whose history of sacrificing its loveliest ingenues to network renown extends from Jane Pauley and Deborah Norville to Ginger Zee and Paula Faris.

But to her credit, Meade, 42, hasn’t lost a bit of the sunny disposition and infectious enthusiasm that colleagues and viewers here found so endearing. Both qualities come through in Brand New Day, her critically acclaimed debut album of country music songs.

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