Meghan Dwyer is an Emmy-Award-winning reporter who joined Chicago’s Very Own WGN news team in March 2017.

Prior to joining WGN, Meghan was an investigative reporter at WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While reporting for WITI, her investigative stories led to multiple changes in state law.

Her journalism career started in 2011 at CBS affiliate WIFR in Rockford, IL, where she was a crime and legal reporter. In 2013, she won the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best TV News Reporter. Her work has also been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press, the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

She has won seven regional Emmys for her investigative reporting, and has been nominated for sixteen others. She was also an IRE Award Finalist in 2015 for her series Speaking up for Special Needs.

Meghan earned her Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also has a law degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where she was an associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal. Meghan was a corporate litigator in Chicago before changing careers in 2011.

Meghan serves on the Board of Directors for Rainbows for All Children. She lives in the Edgebrook neighborhood of Chicago with her husband.


Recent Articles
  • 9-year-old killed, mother and sibling hurt in hit-and-run in southwest suburbs

    BURBANK, Ill. — A 9-year-old boy was killed, and his 29-year-old mother and a young sibling were injured, in a hit-and-run accident in the southwest suburbs Saturday night. Police say the family was crossing Cicero Avenue near 86th Street in Burbank just before 10 p.m. Saturday when a gray four-door vehicle struck them and continued driving south on Cicero. All three were taken to the hospital in serious condition, but there were no immediate updates on their conditions. Then Sunday […]

  • Excessive Heat Warning in effect for Cook Co. on Father’s Day

    CHICAGO — An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect in Cook County on Father’s Day. With record high temperatures and dew points in the 70s, dangerous heat index values in excess of 105 degrees are expected Sunday. The anticipated abundant sunshine will add another 5 to 15 degrees to this apparent temperature making for extremely dangerous conditions for those participating in outdoor activities or spending any time at all in the sun. Take extra precautions to stay cool in shady […]

  • Puerto Rican Day pride on display at 2 Chicago parades

    CHICAGO — Saturday’s hot weather couldn’t temper Puerto Rican Day pride as two parades snaked through city streets — one Downtown and a second in Humboldt Park. For many, this year’s parade was more than just a celebration. It was a chance to reflect on everything Puerto Rico has overcome since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September. “If you’re born in the U.S. and you [went] to Puerto Rico, [you used to hear], ‘Oh, you’re from over there,'” Carlos […]

  • Family seeks answers after body in garage ID’d as Shantieya Smith

    CHICAGO — The family of a woman missing three weeks before being found dead in a garage is speaking out. Relatives of 26-year-old Shantieya Smith said they are frustrated and feel disrespected by police. Wednesday, Smith’s family was at the police department hoping to talk to a detective about the case. They say they haven’t been updated about the investigation. Dental records and tattoos were used to identify Smith, whose body was found under a car in a garage in […]

  • Body found in garage identified as missing woman Shantieya Smith

    CHICAGO — The body found in a Chicago garage last week has been identified as the 26-year-old woman who was last seen May 25 , according to the medical examiner. Authorities identify her as Shantieya Smith. Smith was found underneath a car in a garage on the 1800 block of South Central Park Avenue around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. She was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead, police said.  Witnesses said the body was badly decomposed but had red hair like […]

  • Chicago Crime Commission unveiling 1st Gang Book since 2012

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Crime Commission is unveiling a new street-gang book that’ll serve as a guide for regional police and others keeping tabs on gangs. The official release of the 2018 Gang Book on Tuesday is the first time since 2012 the crime-prevention group has released a new Gang Book. The Associated Press obtained advanced access to the 400-page book . It scrutinizes 59 active Chicago gangs and includes updated gang-turf maps that show gangs continue to splinter. It lists more […]

  • Andersonville porch collapses during house party, sending 3 to hospitals

    Editor’s Note:  WGN incorrectly reported there was a lawsuit filed in this incident.  No lawsuit has been filed at this time. CHICAGO — A second-story porch holding an estimated 20 people collapsed during a house party in Andersonville Sunday evening, sending three to the hospital with minor injuries. Resident Clayon Terrill said they were hosting about 75 people during a Midsommarfest party in their home, as the street festival took place blocks from the apartment on the 5400 block of North […]

  • Family seeks answers in death of teen found in abandoned building

    CHICAGO — A family desperate for answers about what happened to 15-year-old Sadaria Davis, who was found dead on April 27, spoke out for the first time Sunday to call on anyone with information to step forward. Davis was missing for about three weeks before she was found on the third floor of an abandoned building just a few blocks from her home. Speaking out on Sunday, Davis’ mother said she was found by a man who may have been […]

  • East Chicago home explosion leaves man severely burned

    CHICAGO — The East Chicago Fire Department is investigating after a house exploded Saturday morning, leaving a man badly burned. It happened in the 3900 block of Evergreen Street in East Chicago, Ind., about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Based on their preliminary investigation, firefighters said the explosion appears to have been caused by natural gas. “I got up, took a shower, went into my bedroom [and] was lying there looking up at the TV,” neighbor Pedro Valenzuela said, “and all of a […]

  • Family of missing woman await results after body found in garage

    CHICAGO — The family of a woman who has been missing since last month is still waiting for answers after police found a body in a garage Thursday. They are still waiting to hear from the medical examiner whether that body is 26-year-old Shantieya Smith. Investigators found a body underneath a car in a garage in the 1800 block of South Central Park Avenue. Witnesses said it was badly decomposed but had red hair, like Smith. Because of the decompisition, […]