Jackie Bange
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Jackie Bange is an award-winning journalist, reporter and weekend anchor for WGN News at Nine. Jackie joined the WGN-TV News team in August 1993 as a reporter and anchored WGN Morning News from January 1995 to October 1995.

Aside from providing in-depth coverage of local stories, Jackie has reported from exotic international locales, including Africa and Paris, France. After Hurricane Katrina, Jackie also brought Chicagoland “Into the Darkness,” a story profiling two local pilots and their crew who were the first to arrive in New Orleans and help rescue hundreds of stranded residents. Utilizing night-vision goggles, Jackie recreated the rescue for viewers, and “Into the Darkness” won the Illinois Associated Press award: Best Hard News Feature.

Other awards Jackie has won include a Best Feature Reporting Emmy in 1999 for her series on attaining the world record for the largest skydive formation. She also won the Peter Lisagor award in 2009 for Hard News and In-Depth Reporting by helping a widow “get justice” for her husband who was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Prior to her arrival at WGN-TV, Jackie was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Jackie also served as a reporter and noon anchor for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Jackie received her post-baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida where she graduated with distinction. Jackie’s undergraduate degree was from Florida State University in Management Information Systems. Jackie is actively involved in several charitable organizations including helping on the annual MDA telethon and emceeing such fundraising events to fight breast cancer and cystic fibrosis. She serves on the board of Michael Matters, an organization created to help those fighting brain cancer. Jackie is involved in the fundraising efforts for A Safe Place, domestic violence prevention organization in Lake County. She is married with three children. In her free time, Jackie enjoys skydiving and athletic training. She has completed seven Triathlons and the Olympic length of the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.

Recent Articles
  • Berwyn mother’s love grows through foster child’s diagnosis

    Berwyn mother’s love grows through foster child’s diagnosis

    On this Mother’s Day, a testament to a mother’s love and devotion.  After a surprise and devastating diagnosis of one of their foster children, a Berwyn husband and wife decide there’s no turning back. Adoption at all costs. Six years ago, Margarita Rivera, her husband and her daughter, Anjelica,  were excited to welcome Lee and younger brother, Sal, to the family. Two weeks later, Lee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne’s. The coupled asked themselves: […]

  • City speed cameras: Keeping kids safe or just a money maker

    City speed cameras: Keeping kids safe or just a money maker?

    120 speed cameras are now up and running near Chicago parks and schools. Their purpose, the city says, is to keep children safe.  But are they in the places where they really need to be? The cameras’ location is based, in large part, on the number of accidents in the so-called Child Safety Zones. But when WGN News tried to get specific numbers to clarify, we were met with roadblocks. No surprise from critics who have always said speed cameras are […]

  • Closer Look at Kirk Dillard

    He unsuccessfulran for governor four years ago. Now, Kirk Dillard is hoping this time he will succeed.

  • Same sex couples marry in Cook County

    People began lining up for marriage licenses within an hour of a judge’s ruling Friday that same sex couples in Cook County do not have to wait until June to marry. One couple even got married by Clerk David Orr, who chose not to fight a lawsuit that sought to scrap the June effective date of Illinois’ same sex marriage law. For now, the ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman applies only to Cook County. In her decision, […]

  • Bitcoins: The next big thing or flash in the financial pan?

    Move aside almighty dollar, there’s a new type of currency in town: Bitcoins. Some big names are accepting bit coins like Overstock.com, two Las Vegas casinos and the Sacramento Kings basketball team. Is it the next big thing or a flash in the financial pan?! At his Loop gallery, Burt Green recently sold two works by artist Jeff Britton including one titled “Factory” for $2,500. “We take any method of payment,” he said. “Cash, credit cards and bitcoins.” Green is one of a […]

  • Breaking free from domestic abuse: One woman’s story

      One in four women are abused each year in the U.S. –  either physically, psychologically or financially. Domestic violence is often described as the silent epidemic because the victims are too scared or embarrassed to call for help. October is Domestic Violence Month, and as part of it WGN’s Jackie Bange has the story of one woman who serves as an example of how to break free. For more information on Domestic Violence Agencies by City, click here  

  • 6 months after flooding, town working to rebuild

    It’s been six months since heavy rains wreaked havoc through the state. One town was walloped, not only by Mother Nature, but by a group of runaway barges on the Illinois River. Marseilles is about 80 miles from Chicago On April 18th, one-third of Marseilles was submerged by the swollen Illinois River. The rains were certainly a factor but in addition, seven barges broke loose from their moorings and slammed right into the I & M dam. Since that day, […]

  • Boy, 12, a hero after alerting neighbors to Canaryville fire

    A 12-year-old boy is being hailed a neighborhood hero for helping neighbors escape an extra-alarm fire on the the South Side. The fire erupted after 10 AM Saturday morning on the 4400 block of South Union in Chicago’s Canaryville neighborhood. Firefighters said the blaze spread quickly because the homes were so close together. When 12-year-old Edwin Perez realized what was happening to his home and immediately sprung into action. He alerted his family then ran door-to-door, helping neighbors out of […]

  • No bond for man charged with murdering Cicero pizzeria owner

    A judge denied bond for the man charged with murdering a popular restaurant owner in Cicero. A witness helped Cicero Police identify Matthew A. Brown-Turner, 25, who is charged with shooting and killing pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, after midnight on Thursday. Surveillance footage showed Brown-Turner entering the restaurant through the back door and pointing a gun at the owner’s wife Angela Donancricchia when Giovanni Donancricchia confronted the man and was fatally shot in the chest. “At that point it […]

  • Quinn declares 38 counties state disaster areas

    After surveying flood damage caused by several days of severe storms and heavy rainfall, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared 38 counties state disaster areas Friday. Counties included in the governor’s declaration include: Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford. The state disaster declaration makes available a […]


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