For the past eight years Chicago television traffic anchor Roz Varon has been recording her travels in words and images. This book is designed to be a keepsake for those readers who enjoy vicarious adventures, and for those who seek ideas for their own trips across the U.S. and in foreign lands. Written with honesty, enthusiasm, and a grateful sense of wonder, Roz and her family enlighten her audience with little known facts, humorous anecdotes, and heartwarming insights into her personal life. We are Roz's awestruck travel companions at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, students of history while roaming the Jewish Deep South, and gleeful visitors to Walt Disney World.
As we venture to other continents, we move through sacred places in Israel, joyous sites in Ireland, and legendary landmarks in the southern United Kingdom.
Perhaps the most fun we have with Roz and her family is the traveling the famous Route 66, a treasured Americana road trip that will surely have readers packing their maps and bags.
While all appears sunny and careful in these pages, we also learn that Roz Varon is a more than 10-year Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivor. This medical facts adds poignancy, courage, and inspiration for all those whose lives have been touched by the illness.
Emmy Award-winning Traffic/Transportation Anchor Roz Varon, was the first TV traffic anchor in the country to bring rush hour traffic reporting to the morning news. She joined ABC 7 News as Morning Traffic Anchor in April 1989 and is currently the station's Traffic/Transportation Anchor for the top-rated ABC 7 News This Morning. She not only updates Chicagoans on traffic snarls and travel times, but provides extensive coverage of the transportation beat. Varon has received many awards and honors for her work including multiple Emmy Awards. Most recently, she was honored with Peter Lisagor Award for her series "Interstate Identities." The Girl Scouts honored her as a role model with their "Smart Cookies" Award, and the Illinois Broadcasters Association honored her with a Silver Dome Award for her breast cancer special, "Faces of Inspiration."