Thursday, November 21st, 2019


CHICAGO – November 21, 2019 – NBC Sports Chicago, NBC 5 / WMAQ and Telemundo Chicago / WSNS have named Jill Fields Senior Vice President of Ad Sales, effective immediately. In this new role, Fields will oversee multi-platform ad sales for all three networks. She will dual report to Kevin Cross, SVP and GM, NBC Sports Chicago, and David Doebler, President, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. The announcement was made today by Bill Bridgen, President, Group Leader, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and Doebler.

“Jill is a proven ad sales executive and well-respected leader, with valuable relationships in the Chicago marketplace,” said Bridgen. “Her expanded role will be an asset to realize greater potential for NBC Sports Chicago, all of NBCUniversal’s local Chicago businesses overall, as well as our clients.”

“With Jill at the helm of our stations and RSN sales operations, our clients will experience the unfettered synergies that our local businesses can provide them through our unequaled consumer reach that includes bilingual consumers,” said Doebler. “I am excited for Jill to help us strengthen our already strong sales operations in her new role.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with the talented sales teams at NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago, and NBC Sports Chicago,” said Fields. “Together, we will be a stronger, more comprehensive multi-platform local destination for our clients and for our business, and I can’t wait to get started.”

A two-decade ad sales veteran, Fields has served as VP & General Sales Manager of NBC Sports Chicago since 2017, and National Sales Manager from 2012 to 2017. Previously, she served as an Account Executive for Home Team Sports (HTS), a division of Fox Sports in New York (2002-2012). There, she helped drive multi-million dollar advertising and marketing campaigns for key national clients, and helped foster and develop sales partnerships extending to more than 35 regional sports networks and professional sports teams and leagues, including MLB, NBA, NHL and numerous collegiate conferences. Prior to joining their New York headquarters, Fields spent four years at the HTS division in Los Angeles (1998-2002).

Fields graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received her MBA in finance at Seton Hall University. She and her family reside in Chicago.

About NBC Sports Chicago

A partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs multi-platform coverage, plus – local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform,, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.

About NBC 5

NBC 5 Chicago / WMAQ is NBCUniversal’s local owned television station serving Chicago and Northwest Indiana area viewers for nearly 70 years. Throughout its rich history, NBC 5 has pioneered various television “firsts” including being the first television station in the world to air programming in all-color. NBC 5 was also the first Chicago commercial television station to broadcast in stereo and the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts. Currently, NBC 5 airs more than 40 hours of local news each week in HD on its core channel. Viewers can also receive the latest local news, weather and information on, via the NBC 5 Chicago app and the station’s social media channels.

About Telemundo Chicago

Telemundo Chicago / WSNS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo Chicago produces four daily award-winning newscasts every weekday that feature the latest local news, weather forecasts, consumer reports, and entertainment and sports updates across a variety of platforms. The station also broadcasts a weekday variety entertainment program, Acceso Total, that delivers national entertainment headlines. Viewers can also access up-to-date local news and information online at, via the station’s dedicated mobile app and social media channels.

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Jeff Nuich

NBC Sports Chicago



Melissa Castro

NBC/Telemundo Stations