ABC Chicago news anchor Linda Yu said her daughter Francesca Baer never planned on following in her footsteps. According to Yu, “She’s way more talented than her mother.”
Baer will appear Monday on the CBS drama, “Intelligence,” which stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) as a high-tech intelligence operative with a super computer microchip in his brain. In the episode, Holloway’s character, Gabriel, investigates the deaths of renowned scientists who are being killed by microscopic robots in their blood stream.
The 25-year-old Baer plays Olivia, a research assistant working in artificial intelligence. Olivia is forced to take the doctor she works for to the emergency room when he becomes unconscious and begins to bleed out.
“I never wanted to go into journalism,” Baer said by email, “but I know I gained confidence in myself and in being onstage by watching how my mother handles herself on TV, especially during breaking news, and when she hosts/MCs events around Chicago. I've always been inspired by her.”
Baer attended Latin School of Chicago and studied at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston with Joyce Piven. When she was 18, she moved to Los Angeles, where she still lives, to attend University of Southern California, which is also Yu’s alma mater.
Yu has worked at ABC Chicago since 1984. Last month, she suffered a broken leg in a traffic accident and underwent surgery.
“I’m doing better,” Yu said. “I’m getting good at getting around with a walker and wheelchair. I can’t learn to walk again until about mid-April, but it feels great to have gotten back to work.”
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