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Josh Frydman

Josh Frydman

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One of Chicago's up-and-coming Jewish TV personalities, Josh Frydman covers Chicago sports for WGN-TV and co-hosts CLTV's "Sports Feed" with Jarrett Payton, the former NFL running back and son of late Chicago Bears hall-of-famer Walter Payton. 

A Buffalo Grove native, Josh is living his dream covering and discussing his favorite teams every day, so he makes sure to give of his time and talent. He's a frequent volunteer with Lakeview Pantry and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and recently emceed major events for those organizations. He's also an avid fundraiser for Lurie Children's and other groups funding cancer research and supporting children in need. 

Josh also wears his Judaism proudly in both his personal and professional life. Last year, he was one of 10 journalists in the world to travel to Israel to cover a summit on the ways Israeli tech companies are innovating sports technology.

AGE:
30

PRIMARY GIG:
Sports anchor and reporter for WGN-TV and host of “Sports Feed” on CLTV

ON THE SIDE:
Pickleball player, yoga, avid traveler, volunteer, attending sports games or rooting for my teams (when I’m not reporting), exploring new neighborhoods in Chicago, cooking

RELATIONSHIP STATUS:
In a relationship

CELEBRITY DOPPELGANGER:
Actor Skylar Astin from Pitch Perfect (though my girlfriend says Hugh Jackman as Wolverine).

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I started playing pickleball about a year and a half ago and am hooked. I try to play three to four times a week around the Chicago area, and it’s been a great way to stay active and meet new people.

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
Sandy Koufax. The legendary hall of fame Dodgers pitcher became an icon in the Jewish community when he chose not to pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. I admire Koufax’s decision to do what wasn’t popular but was right in his heart.

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