Andy Shaw, a mainstay of Chicago media for more than 30 years, is retiring as WLS-Ch. 7's political reporter at the end of January, the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC station announced today.
Succeeding Shaw on the politics beat will be Charles Thomas, who joined Channel 7 in 1991 after several years as a Midwest correspondent for ABC News.
Shaw has been covering politics for WLS since 1983, after a 1976-82 run as NBC-owned WMAQ-Ch. 5's education reporter and editorial director. Shaw covered education for the Chicago Sun-Times before that.