Joel Daly (Dead at 86) Biography: Wiki, Age, Wife, Career, Death Cause

Who is Joel Daly? Joel Daly Bio/Wiki

Joel Daly was a former news anchor in America. Daly is most notable for working in Chicago, Illinois for 38 years from 1967-2005 as an anchor for WLS-TV (an ABC affiliate). He was born on August 21, 1934, in Great Falls, Montana, U.S.


From January 1985 until his retirement in May 2005, Daly worked as co-anchor on the news broadcast alongside Linda Yu. In 2003, Daly was inducted into a category of elite Chicago broadcasters, the Silver Circle. Daly served as the spokeswoman for the Cook County Federal Court in Chicago from his retirement from news broadcasting in 2005, from March 2007 until October 2013.

For nearly 40 years, Joel Daly, a trusted Chicago news anchor and one of the pillars of the WLS-Channel 7 news dynasty, has died.


He was 86 years old.


In early 1960, four years after completing college, Daly joined WJW-TV in Cleveland. Daly worked with Doug Adair as co-anchor, and the two became one of the United States’ first active co-anchor teams.

In 1967, WBKB-TV in Chicago employed both Daly and Adair. For personal and contractual purposes, however, Adair remained in Cleveland. Daly started doing a solo newscast in Chicago called Newsnight. Daly was partnered with Fahey Flynn in 1968, around the time the station was renamed WLS-TV, and the two became the town’s highest-rated evening news team, winning a local Emmy Award after just one year on the air. A presentation style known to critics as ‘happy talk’ was popularized by Daly and Flynn.

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Daly and Flynn mixed in playful chatter as they followed from one subject to another, unlike most presenters of the period who presented the news in an austere, authoritative fashion. We came down from Olympus, and we just became normal people talking to regular people, “Daly later recalled,”

In the infamous 2006 film Death of a President, which depicted the fictional assassination of George W. Bush, he played a news reporter. Daly said he did not regret his participation, adding, “It’s a gutsy endeavor to carry out the fictional assassination of a living president who is still in power. It’s something in the American psyche. So coping with this in a fictional forum is maybe a purgative, but a practical one,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

In music, especially country music and yodeling, Daly has also dabbled. He has performed with a group named The Sundowners and writes his own songs on occasion. Eckhartz Press published his autobiography, The Daly News, in 2014.


In 2014, at their home in La Grange Highlands, his wife Sue died of complications from lung cancer.

They had been married for 57 years and felt the loss of losing Doug and Scott, two grown-up sons.

Death Cause

Following a long illness, Daly died on October 22, 2020. He was 86 years old. At about 5:30 a.m., Daly died. According to his daughter, Kelly, who said he was watching the news on his former station on Thursday at his LaGrange house.

She said: “He watched the news, and he was petting the dog, and that was it,”

Last year, she said, he had been diagnosed with vascular Parkinsonism, a disease that led to mini-strokes.

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