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Chicago native Lauren Magiera joined the WGN News team in April 2016 as the station’s first female sports anchor and reporter.

Magiera came to WGN News from the NFL Green Bay Packers, where she was a co-host of a weekly 30 minute pre-game show with Packers Hall of Famer Larry McCarren. In addition to the pre-game show, Magiera produced weekly feature stories, hosted home games as the field reporter, and created online content for Packers.com.

Prior to her time with the Green Bay Packers, Magiera worked for several stations in a sports capacity. In 2008, Lauren joined ABC Alaska KIMO/FOX as the station’s sports director. After nearly 2 years with ABC, Lauren joined NBC Alaska KTUU as a sports reporter. In 2012, Lauren made her way back to the Midwest, taking the job as sports director-producer-reporter at ABC Wausau WAOW-TV in Wisconsin before eventually making her way to Green Bay.

A college athlete, Magiera graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications on a full ride gymnastics scholarship. As one of Chicago’s Very Own, Magiera grew up in the Northwest suburbs and is a graduate of Barrington High School.


Recent Articles
  • Wheaton native Thomas Jaeschke sets sights on Olympic gold

    HOFFMAN ESTATES – It was Homecoming Week for Wheaton native Thomas Jaeschke. The Team USA volleyball star had a rare chance to play in front of family and friends this weekend at the Sears Center. They went head to head with Brazil, the reigning Olympic champions, battling to a lost fifth set Saturday night. But, it’s not the end of the road for Jaeschke. He still has his sights set on going gold in Tokyo.

  • Birds of a Feather: Blackhawks Vinnie Hinostroza and his dad

    CHICAGO – It’s been ten years since the Blackhawks first ever first pick. This week, the NHL Draft comes to the Windy City for the first time. Hawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza had to wait until the 169th overall selection in 2012 to hear his named called. But, as Lauren Magiera reports, that journey to the pros was paved by years of devotion from the Bartlett native’s biggest supporter.

  • Medinah’s ‘Golf for Life’ program

    MEDINAH – Medinah Country Club sports some of the most prestigious courses in the Midwest. Now, with their renovations complete, it should be one of the most golfer friendly clubs as well.

  • DePaul opens doors for sneak peek at new arena

    CHICAGO – DePaul’s new Wintrust Arena is expected to be ready in September, just in time for basketball. When the doors do open, fans will be treated to some marquee matchups. The Blue Demons men’s team will host Notre Dame on November 11th, while the women’s team squares of with Connecticut on December 8th. General public season ticket sales begin July 1st with single-game tickets set to go on sale October 1st.

  • Jelena Rowe is raising the bar at Bloom

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS – She’s not a hockey player, but she probably could be. Our WGN, Chicago Tribune Prep Athlete of the Month was already proficient in one sport, switched to another and now is one of the best high jumpers in the country. Lauren Magiera explains how Jelena Rowe is taking Bloom Trail High School to new heights.

  • Former Blackhawks help give underprivileged kids a chance to skate

    As Chicago watches the Stanley Cup Playoffs from a distance, the Sheraton teamed up with the Inner-City Education Program to put an ice rink in its hotel for local underprivileged kids to play on. Former Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Daniel Carcillo coached the event, giving back to the community they brought two Stanley Cups to in 2013 and 2015. “Without these programs they would never be able to try something like this. They just don’t have the means,” noted Carcillo. “Hockey […]

  • White Sox home opener cancelled due to weather

    CHICAGO — The White Sox were hoping to play their home opener against the Detroit Tigers Monday afternoon, but the weather did not cooperate and the game has been postponed. It will be made up Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. The team said all tickets for Monday’s cancelled game, used or unused, are good for admission at Guaranteed Rate Field for Tuesday’s game. Parking lots will open at 10:00 a.m., and parking will be free for all fans. Fans can also […]

  • President Obama praises Cubs for historic win, fans, cool coach

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Of all the perks that come with winning the World Series, Anthony Rizzo said visiting the White House is icing on the cake and one of the best days of his life. Although Rizzo and President Obama share the number 44, it’s pretty clear who his favorite Cub is. “Not a lot of managers or coaches are as cool as this guy,” Obama noted, pointing to Cubs skipper Joe Maddon. “He’s got a lot of tricks to […]

  • Cubs celebrate World Series win at White House

    WASHINGTON —  President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama’s final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the Cubs hail from his hometown. The president has a home in Chicago and is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the […]

  • Brave teen signs with Bulls — if only for a day

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls front office has received its fair share of criticism for some of the moves they’ve made over the years. But a signing they made today is undoubtedly a slam dunk. He doesn’t have much experience playing NBA ball, but has just the kind of no quit attitude the Bulls are looking for. WGN’s Lauren Magiera has his story.