Ex-Chicago TV stars gone national — Hall, Zee to emcee Emmys

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Two national television personalities — who were once high-profile Chicago TV stars — will be back in town to co-host the upcoming Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards show.

Tamron Hall and Ginger Zee, joined by actor and Chicago native Larenz Tate, will be on hand for the Nov. 1 festivities.

The 56th annual presentation of the regional Emmys, presented by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The 2-hour show will be aired live at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 on WYCC-TV, one of the local PBS affiliates.

After leaving her anchoring job at WFLD-Channel 32, Hall moved on to an anchor job at MSNBC in New York. Along with continuing to host at the cable network, she recently became a co-anchor on NBC’s “Today” show. Zee, who was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5, is now the weather anchor for “Good Morning America” and contributes to various ABC-TV national news programs.

West Side native Tate, currently starring on the USA Network’s “Rush,” and has a recurring arc on Showtimes’ “House of Lies,” is known for his TV and big screen roles in “Menace II Society,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” “Love Jones” and “Crash.”

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