Retired Channel 5 reporter Renee Ferguson lists 6-bedroom Kenwood home

Retired WMAQ-Ch. 5 investigative reporter Renee Ferguson on Wednesday placed her longtime six-bedroom, 3,519-square-foot house in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood on the market for $1.85 million.

Ferguson, 72, who has won multiple Emmy awards, retired from Channel 5 in 2008 after 21 years at the station and 35 years in broadcasting. She previously worked at CBS News and at WBBM-Ch. 2, where she also hosted the talk show “Common Ground.” Since retiring from NBC 5, Ferguson has at times handled press secretary duties for several politicians.

In Kenwood, Ferguson and her husband, Ken Smikle, who died in 2018, paid $340,000 in 1987 for the three-story house. Built in 1900, the house has 4½ bathrooms, two fireplaces, two internal staircases, many original details and hardwood floors on all three levels.

Listing agent Cheryl Reid did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ferguson also did not respond to a request for comment.

The house had a $24,180 property tax bill in the 2020 tax year.

Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.

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