Emmy award winning reporter, Erin Ivory joined WGN-TV in April 2011. After many years waking up early as part of the WGN Morning News team, she has returned to her reporting roots as WGN Evening News features reporter. She loves her new role, getting to thoughtfully share the stories of everyday people doing amazing and good things all over Chicagoland.

Prior to landing at WGN-TV, Erin circled a 90 mile radius around Chicago, working as a news anchor and reporter in Milwaukee, South Bend and Rockford.

Erin graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

When she is not turning stories for the ‘feel-good’ beat, you can find her chasing her wild and crazy four children and two dogs at home with her husband, Demetrius Ivory. Before all that, she used to enjoy running, camping, travel adventures and triathlons. In the interim she’s living on a glorious mix of coffee and chaos…and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.


Recent Articles
  • The story of Dude Wipes

    Four regular Chicago guys are getting rich off an idea that originated on the toilet. “It was four guys living in one place … the bathroom situation wasn’t the greatest,” says Sean Riley It was a trip to the store when it dawned on these guys there was plenty of cleansing wipe options for women but nothing for men. That’s when they collectively decided to create their own. And that was the beginning of what is now known as Dude […]

  • Thousands of citizen scientists help uncover new species in crowdsourced research effort

    CHICAGO — You don’t need a Ph.D to contribute to science, as a group of citizen scientists — one as young as four years old — showed when they helped identify a tiny new species as part of a crowdsourced research project. Botanist Matt von Konrat has spent a lifetime staring down a microscope at tiny plants. He says his latest project analyzing the stems of liver worts could uncover new information about climate change. Because they’re so small, he […]

  • Chicago now home to one of the largest Rohingya refugee populations in the U.S.

    CHICAGO — A mass exodus of Rohingya people from the northern province of Myanmar is now the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis, according to the UN, and as a result Chicago now has one of the largest Rohingya refugee populations in the country. Of Rohingya seeking refuge in the U.S., just over 1,500 have settled in Chicago neighborhoods, desperate to create a new life. Among them is the Jalal family, who waited more than five years to make it to their Rogers Park […]

  • 85-year-old Chicago sculptor has no plans to slow down

    CHICAGO — A giant new sculpture went up this week along Clark and Aldine. It stands tall, is bright red and bold. Most would never guess it was the work of an 85-year-old woman. Ruth Aizuss Migdal has been creating art since the age of 11. Initially she created abstract paintings but several decades ago, Ruth began playing around with clay. She liked the feeling of working the piece with her hands. Her towering sculptures begin as wax molds, each […]

  • College of DuPage offers craft beer program for students

    Imagine scrolling down the catalog of college courses and seeing “The Business of Craft Beer.” It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear the classes have been packed full since College of DuPage began offering the course three years ago.  What is surprising is just how much those students have walked away with and in many cases, how it’s changed their career paths all together. “We have a number of folks who took classes and went off to have their own […]

  • Landscapers bloom by overcoming obstacles and beautify downtown streets

    The tulips along Michigan Avenue are one of the most “Instagramed” shots in all of Chicago.  But the backstory behind those flowers may be even better than the tulips themselves. The landscapers responsible for the gorgeous flower beds is the work of people who are overcoming major challenges. Some were incarcerated, others are overcoming drug abuse or homeless. All of them are now working as certified landscapers through A Safe Haven, an organization dedicated to finding housing and long term […]

  • Friends, officers, moms: Women stand by each other through cancer diagnosis too

    This Sunday thousands will line the lakefront for the Komen Chicago Mother’s Day Race for the Cure. At the front of that pack will be Melinda Linas and Jessica Jones.  They will be side by side as they always have been through life’s sweetest and darkest moments. “15 years ago Jessica and I were assigned to the same district. We hit it off right away and became great friends,” says Chicago Police Sergeant, Melinda Linas. The two have been inseparable […]

  • Hundreds of school kids treated to brand-new shoes

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of Chicago school kids went home Thursday with an extra skip in their step because of the new shoes on their feet. Every student at Dewey School of Excellence received a brand-new pair of shoes today. The national non-profit group Shoes That Fit distributed the 400 plus pairs Thursday morning. Every box was marked with the student’s name and correct size. The shoes were paid for by Glendale Heights lighting company, Linea di Liara. “If they are given the […]

  • Your loved one’s ashes are turned to gems at suburban brewery

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Cremated remains and craft beer.  It’s an unlikely pairing. That is, unless you’re in the newest micro-brewery in Des Plaines. Belly up to Fibs Brewing Company and you get your pick of 12 handcrafted brews along with a view of what these guys are known best for: Creating gems from the ashes of the deceased. For 17 years, Greg Herro and Dean VandenBiesen have used their scientific expertise to turn people’s loved one’s ashes into sparkling […]

  • 50th season of Special Olympics kicks off in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The first day of competition and 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics in Chicago kicked off on Monday. While it has been around for decades, every year brings new competitors toeing up to the start line for the first time. “It was so fun,” athlete Saoul Perkins said. “That was definitely the hardest I ever ran. I was like a race car baby!” No one knows that more than Amelia Hernandez, who suited up for her 50th time […]