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
  • Woman says she found bed bugs at Near West Side service agency

    CHICAGO — A Chicago woman said she found bed bugs Monday at a social service agency on the Near West Side. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was at Illinois Action for Children, 1340 S. Damen Ave., about 9 a.m. Monday when she noticed a bug infestation on a sofa. In a Facebook Live video, a security guard uses a paper towel to kill an insect. Couches have signs instructing visitors not to sit down. Though […]

  • CPS stars stay close to home, and it’s paying off for the Ramblers

    CHICAGO — As the Loyola Ramblers continue to bust brackets in the Sweet 16, students at Simeon Career Academy are keeping a close watch on one of their own, Donte Ingram. Teammate Lucas Williamson is also a CPS grad and played for Whitney Young Prep. While some kids who play ball in Chicago want to get out of the city, Williamson and Ingram saw Loyola as an opportunity to excel close to home. Robert Smith, who has coached Derick Rose […]

  • Body of missing Round Lake man located

    MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Hikers found the body of a missing Round Lake man in Mundelein. He was found dead in his car which had crashed into a tree. Dale Kropke had been missing for the last two weeks. Tonight his family confirms he is the man who was found in a field this morning. They say they are relieved to finally have some closure. The family of 76-year-old Dale Kropke had been looking for him for weeks.  The Round Lake […]

  • Ramblers get small heroes’ welcome on their way to the Sweet Sixteen

    CHICAGO — The Ramblers returned to a police escort and cheers from fans welcoming the Sweet Sixteen-bound team home Sunday as their underdog story continues in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Loyola beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 63-62 in dramatic fashion Saturday after guard Clayton Custer scored with just ten seconds left on the clock. It was the team’s second upset of the tournament after also beating Miami in the first round. Back on campus in Rogers Park, students continued […]

  • Highlights from Chicago’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    CHICAGO — Chilly weather couldn’t keep thousands of people from flocking to Downtown streets Saturday as Chicago kicked off its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Security was tight with Chicago police officers lined up roughly every 20 feet, WGN’s Meghan Dwyer reported. There were no major security issues — just a lot of fun. Kevin Magnuson with the Special Olympics described the day as “controlled chaos and very safe. Police are everywhere, and everyone has smiles on their faces.”

  • Elgin police chief addresses protesters after fatal shooting of woman

    ELGIN, Ill. — Protesters and the Elgin police chief had a confrontation during a protest following the fatal shooting of a woman who was armed with a knife inside a burning car. Protesters gathered outside the police department to demand answers about Monday’s fatal shooting of 34-year-old Decynthia Clements. The police chief addressed the protesters. “The idea that some people have that I will never be able to change is that if you come at me with a knife, that I […]

  • Officer fatally shoots woman armed with knife inside burning vehicle, Elgin police say

    ELGIN, Ill. — A woman armed with a knife was fatally shot by Elgin police Monday morning on the Jane Addams Tollway, Elgin police said. In a news conference, Elgin police said the incident started around 12:30 a.m. Monday after officers made contact with a suspicious vehicle at Cedar Avenue in Elgin. During the encounter, police said 34-year-old Decynthia Clements fled. Officers chased her initially, but then gave up. Clements’ vehicle was then spotted on westbound I-90 near Route 25. […]

  • Man attacked, robbed by group near Gold Coast CTA station

    CHICAGO — A man was robbed and pistol whipped near the Chicago Red Line station in the Gold Coast early Sunday. Police say just before 5 a.m. a group of five to six men attacked a 26-year-old man before taking his gym bag and cell phone. The victim was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released. People who live in the area say it’s a hot spot for tourists and shoppers, but it’s also a common area for drug deals. […]

  • Loyola earns No. 11 seed, will play Miami in first NCAA Tournament in 33 years

    CHICAGO — For the first time in 33 years, Loyola of Chicago is heading to the NCAA Tournament, and the No. 11 seeded Ramblers will take on No. 6 Miami Hurricanes in the first round during a Thursday game in Dallas. The Ramblers bring a 28-5 record after dominating the Missouri Valley during the regular season and securing their spot by winning the conference tournament. Their first round matchup was revealed during Selection Sunday, and may have come as a […]

  • Police cracking down after increase in school threats since Parkland shooting

    CHICAGO — After the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, copycats have threatened violence at schools all across the country, and Illinois is no exception. Based on a WGN review of news reports, there have been at least 15 threats of violence at schools in WGN’s viewing area alone since Feb. 14. Now, Illinois law enforcement officials are saying they won’t be cutting kids any slack, even if they think they’re pulling a harmless prank. […]