Ray Cortopassi Bio, WGN, Age, Height, Parents, Spouse, Children, Salary, and Net Worth

Who is Ray Cortopassi?

Ray Cortopassi is an American journalist who is working for WGN-TV as a co-anchor of the WGN Evening News at 5 and 6 p.m., WGN News at Nine, and WGN News at Ten. He joined the station in September 2020. Further, he has served as a television broadcaster for over 2 and a half decades. 

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Ray Cortopassi Date of Birth / Age

Cortopassi was born on May 15th, 1967. He is 55 years old as of 2022.

Ray Cortopassi Height

Cortopassi stands at a height of approximately 5 feet and 7 inches tall.

Ray Cortopassi Parents and Siblings

Cortopassi was born and raised in the south suburban Dolton. He manages to keep information regarding his parents, siblings, and extended members of his family away from the limelight. Even so, his parents were raised in Roseland. Further, his father, Ted served as a sheet metal foreman at U.S. Steel’s “South Works” plant.

Also, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Further, he served as a maintenance engineer on tanks and Jeeps. On the other hand, his mother served as a piano teacher who worked from their home in Dolton.  We will, however, update this information once it’s available to the public.

Ray Cortopassi Spouse(Wife)

Cortopassi exchanged vows with his wife Leslie on September 12th, 1993. As of 2022, they celebrated their 29th anniversary together. The couple has four kids together. Leslie celebrates her birthday on March 8th. Nonetheless, the information will be updated once available.

Ray Cortopassi Kids / Children

Cortopassi has four kids with his wife; 3 sons, Ryan, Drew, Chris, and a daughter, Tess. Ryan was born on January 4th, 1998, and is 24 years old as of 2022. Drew was born on November 13th, 1999, and will be 23 years old as of 2022.

Tess was born on August 15th, 2002, and is 20 years old as of 2022. Chris was born on June 14th, 2005, and is 17 years old as of 2022. However, we will update this information once more details concerning this are available.

Ray Cortopassi Education

After completing his high school education, Cortopassi went on to attend

Ray Cortopassi Career

Cortopassi works for WGN as a co-anchor of the WGN Evening News at 5 and 6 p.m., WGN News at Nine, and WGN News at Ten. He joined the station in September 2020. Further, he has served as a television broadcaster for over 2 and a half decades.

Prior to this, he served Nexstar’s FOX59 in Indianapolis as an anchor of the #1 rated morning newscast and 4 p.m. news. He joined the station in 2009.

Further, he served the ABC station in Indianapolis as an evening anchor. Also, he served TV stations in Las Vegas and Traverse City as an anchor and a reporter. Nonetheless, his career launched in Chicago when he served City News Bureau as a reporter.

Throughout his career, he has been praised with several Emmy and d Associated Press awards in his quarter-century at Indianapolis. On a side note, his love for broadcasting and TV began when he regularly woke up to Ray Rayner and ate lunch watching Bozo’s Circus.


Cortopassi works with WGN where he serves alongside his fellow anchors, reporters, and meteorologists such as;

  1. Paul Lisnek
  2. Lauren Magiera
  3. Micah Materre
  4. Jarrett Payton
  5. Dan Ponce
  6. Larry Potash
  7. Dan Roan
  8. Tom Skilling
  9. Pat Tomasulo
  10. Jackie Bange
  11. Tim Joyce
  12. Mike Toomey

How Much Does Ray Cortopassi Earn?

Cortopassi approximately earns an annual salary that ranges from $100,000-$500,000.

How Much is Ray Cortopassi Worth?

As an anchor, Cortopassi has been able to accumulate a net worth that ranges from $1 million to $5 million.

Ray Cortopassi Cusses on Live TV/ House

Cortopassi accidentally said the F-word while he was trying to “food truck fanatic” on a live newscast. “And we’ve been the food f***, food truck fanatic all week. Food … truck. Food truck fanatic. That’s what I meant to say … Gulp.” He voiced.

On May 3rd, 2021, he and his wife purchased a four-bedroom, 3,674-square-foot vintage Colonial-style home in Winnetka for $1.09 million. The house was built in 1928 and has been revamped to three full bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a living room with a marble surround fireplace, a family room with a wall of built-ins, and two walls of windows.

Additionally, a back staircase and a kitchen with newer marble countertops, a farm sink, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, shutters, and a breakfast room. Also, it has a primary bedroom with a walk-in closet and a wall of closets, a primary bathroom with a cathedral ceiling, and dual vanities.

In addition, it has a fully finished lower level with a recreation room, a large laundry room, and a wine room. On  April 30, 2021, the couple sold their five-bedroom, 4,516-square-foot house in Zionsville, Indiana for $925,000.

“We chose Winnetka for its small-town charm and vibrancy. My wife and I lived in Evanston 25 years ago and long wanted the chance to raise our family in the area. We have four children and two dogs and I am grateful to have a big yard to accommodate everyone. We are especially excited to be living close to the lake again. As a bonus, it is a relatively short drive to WGN.”

“At the end of the day, I’m just feeling really blessed to be back in my hometown, broadcasting at the station I grew up watching. It has been a dream made a reality and I’m so grateful.”He voiced.

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