Initially an intern, Zoe Chipalla makes her way to WIFR’s evening news anchor

Zoe Chipalla, WIFR TV News Anchor

ROCKFORD — Zoe Chipalla was uncertain about her career path while taking classes at Illinois State University.

The Rockton native and Hononegah High School graduate was focusing on organizational leadership and school communications when an opportunity presented itself in the form of an internship offer at WIFR-TV.

“I had a different major at the time and was just trying out (newscast) because it was experience and I needed internship credit for college,” Chipalla said. “I really liked it and stuck with it because I was passionate about it and when the opportunity came I was like ‘Wow!'”

Wow, indeed.

Chipalla, 23, was hired as a full-time multimedia reporter at WIFR in October 2020, where she was able to hone her reporting skills while covering breaking news, criminal justice stories, environmental issues and topics. of human interest.

A little over a year later, another opportunity presented itself.

WIFR evening news co-anchor Shannon Kelly left the TV industry and Chipalla was offered the job of anchoring the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. h alongside veteran broadcaster Mike Garrigan.

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