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
  • Salvation Army brings toys, Christmas meals to those in need

    NORRIDGE — A gym here has been transformed into a giant toy shop this week. In the last two days, the Norridge Salvation Army has changed Christmas for over 300 families by  loading them up with gifts and a full holiday dinner right down to the turkey. Parents are even given boxes and gift paper so they can wrap the presents themselves. For those in need, the shop doesn’t just allow them to have gifts to put under the tree but […]

  • Student and grandma who raised her graduate college together – with honors

    Most grandparents hope to live long enough to see their grandchildren graduate college, but one got the unique chance to follow her progeny across the stage and pick up a diploma of her own. “When we started together we never intended on being finished at the exact same moment so this was actually a coincidence, but we are proud and excited to be doing it together,” said granddaughter Karea Berry. They’ve been doing it together for pretty much her entire […]

  • Cookie sales raise money to send sick children and their families to Disney World

    CHICAGO — For the past four years, a nonprofit group has been baking up a phenomenal way to help families with sick kids. Baking Memories 4 Kids sells cookies and then uses the profit to send kids and their families on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The man behind it all, Frank Squeo, is a cancer survivor himself and says he vowed if he made it through he would devote the rest of his time to helping others battling life-threatening diseases. In […]

  • Chicago church in need of toys for Christmas

    CHICAGO — There are all kind of toys drives during the holidays, but one is dire need. With just weeks till Christmas, Another Chance Church on 79th Street is down by several thousand toys this year. Last year, hundreds of people lined up outside the Englewood church to let their child pick out one toy. Pastor Kenyatta Smith is worried this year there just won’t be enough. It stings for Pastor Smith who remembers his own Christmas here in Chicago […]

  • Festive features and sing-along tradition still going strong at Music Box

    CHICAGO — This month every year, they line up for a movie that came out 70 years ago. The holiday double feature classic of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas” has been playing at The Music Box Theatre every December for 35 years. The special sing-along show has become a family tradition for many people who buy tickets months in advance. It’s not just the showing of two classics, but the nostalgia of returning to a theater many went […]

  • Morton Arboretum light show in league of its own

    LISLE, Ill — Forget twinkly light displays–Illuminations Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is in a league of its own. Five years and running, the interactive light show draws thousands to Lisle every year.   The bare tree branches are the highlight of the display, lit up with projected images and bright washes of color. New this year are Illu-medallions that allow visitors to interact directly with the trees as they pass through the forested trail. For more information and tickets […]

  • School’s wooden toy workshop runs on old-fashioned holiday spirit

    CHICAGO — Chances are that if you’re buying a toy this Christmas you’re also picking up a pack of batteries. It’s rare to see kids with classic wood toys any longer, which is why one Chicago teacher decided to bring back a little old-fashioned holiday magic to his students. For the last three weeks, he has transformed the school’s art room at Horizon Science Academy into a full-fledged toy making shop. Using their own hands — and a lot of […]

  • Bird watcher has record year at Illinois Beach State Park

    When most bird watchers have hung up their binoculars for the season Andy Stewart is just warming up. He treks the shoreline at Illinois Beach State Park almost every day. (Well, he will tell you he missed two days this year.) Stewart also just broke the record for spotting the most bird species in Lake County’s history at 282 birds. “I might have the biggest list, but I’m not the best birder,” Stewart says, “The young guys can see and […]

  • After losing his father to MS, son works to inspire acceptance of the disabled

    CHICAGO — A local college student is hitting as many area high schools as he can this year, hoping to inspire a movement and change young people’s perceptions of the disabled, one school at a time. It was two years ago on December 4, 2015, that Griffen Saul’s father passed after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. It was also the moment Griffen decided he would do everything he could to honor his father’s dream of a world more understanding […]

  • Man scores big with custom NFL cleats

    For the last two weeks, Marvin Baroota has lived caked in paint, sustaining on Red Bull and sunflower seeds, as he feverishly puts the finishing touches on over 30 pairs of football cleats. His parents’ tiny extra bedroom has been transformed into a full-fledged custom paint shop—not popular with dad, but a huge hit with the NFL players sporting the slick custom cleats. “It’s been a crazy journey. I never thought it would blow up like this,” Baroota says. You would think […]