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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
  • White Sox’s Nicky Delmonico fights addiction nightmare for MLB dream

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — It took Nicky Delmonico only 43 Major League games to become a fan favorite after his August 1st call-up last year. Nine home runs and 23 RBI in two months of work will do that. But it was a rocky road to the South Side for the White Sox slugger, paved with an addiction that almost forced him to give up the game all together.

  • Curlers battle it out on the ice — then share a drink after

    CHICAGO — The Olympics always spark interest in a wide range of winter sports, but while it’s hard for the average fan to pick up ski jumping, the quirky game of curling is a different story. WGN’s Lauren Magiera hit the ice to learn the basics of curling at the Park at Wrigley, just outside Wrigley Field, where a special exhibition of the sport is on display through Wednesday, February 14. Once you learn the basics of how to curl, Lauren […]

  • Joe Maddon feeds 150 homeless to kick off Cubs Convention week

    CHICAGO — Joe Maddon kicked off Cubs Convention week with his annual “Thanksmas Dinner.” Maddon and wife Jaye prepared and served home-cooked Italian meals to more than 150 homeless men and women at Catholic Charities on North LaSalle. Happy Thanksmas! @CubsJoeMadd, Ryne Sandberg and coaches serve dinner to more than 150 homeless community members as part of our community service week! pic.twitter.com/auU5OKXro9 — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 10, 2018 Cubs coaches joined in to help Maddon as the event raises awareness […]

  • Lexus Long Drive: How to accelerate your putting game

    Fall is a lot closer than you think, so your days on the links are numbered. If you’re still struggling with your short game, listen closely. Peter Longo is here to help in this week’s Lexus Long Drive.

  • 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 […]