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Micah Materre

Micah Materre is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and the WGN News at Nine and Ten. Prior to being appointed anchor of the WGN News at Nine in 2009, she was co-anchor of WGN Midday News from January, 2003 to October, 2009.

Micah joined Chicago’s WGN-TV in January 1998 as a WGN Morning News co-anchor and medical reporter. Micah has anchored all of the newscasts at WGN, as well as covering entertainment news and special assignment stories, including the historic inauguration of America’s first black President. In addition, Micah reports and co-produces the “Chicago’s Very Own” bi-weekly segment for WGN News and she is the host of WGN’s public affairs program, “People to People”.

Micah is one of Chicago’s very own as she was born here and grew up in the city. Micah spent eight years at WJBK-TV in Detroit where she was a main anchor and general assignment reporter. While at WJBK, Micah’s work garnered numerous awards and accolades, including an Emmy and an award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Prior to moving to the Motor City, Micah cut her teeth in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor.
She began her career in broadcasting in 1983 at NPR affiliate, WBEZ radio in Chicago, producing and reporting for four years. In addition, she taught radio production at Columbia College. Micah has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist and broadcaster.

In 2014, Micah received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy, and was also honored as being a diversity trailblazer by Barnes and Thornburg LLP.

She has been featured in several local and national publications over the years, including the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Chicago Woman, ‘Who’s Who’ in Black Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine and RedEye.

She serves as commentator, mistress of ceremonies and honorary chairperson to several community and civic organizations across Chicagoland. Micah is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Children’s Choir and serves on Tutoring Chicago’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the civic organization, Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Recent Articles
  • Power and Purpose luncheon held

    It was a luncheon of Power and Purpose this afternoon in the Chicago Loop with civic and corporate leaders coming together in hopes of making a difference in our inner city neighborhoods. The event was put on by  the Chicago chapter of Links Inc’s charities foundation. It was meant to engage the audience n discussion around issues affecting the lives of African Americans in Chicago.

  • Man brings barber school, and inspiration, to Cook County Jail

    CHICAGO — Barber Larry Roberts knows what goes into a good hair cut. He says he got the buzz for barbering at age 13 when he purchased his first pair of clippers and started cutting his own hair.  Soon, he would be cutting hair for friends and relatives. Today, Roberts is the proud owner of Larry’s Barber College with the main location on the city’s South Side. There, he and his team teach students how to become a professional barber. “My […]

  • South Side pastor helps bring peace to violent neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Father Matt O’Donnell has been a priest serving on Chicago’s South Side for years. But amid Chicago’s violence, Father O’Donnell has taken his message of peace, love and hope from the pulpit to the streets, in hopes of reaching everyone in his community. “I live here in the rectory and many nights during the course of a week, the sound of the night is gunshots,” he said. In a community riddled with gun violence, he knows he has […]

  • Mentor educates kids from the city on animals of the jungle

    It may be difficult to learn the in’s and out’s of nature’s wildlife if you are a city dweller. But one man is working to change that by giving teens an opportunity to learn about animal conservation. Luis Mendez has always had a passion for wildlife.  His interest in nature and animals stretches back to when he was a child taking many family trips to the zoo. Then came high school summers.  Luis says his dad didn’t want him getting into […]

  • Service Club of Chicago’s annual Day on the Terrace Fashion

    We are smack dab in the middle of summer, but it’s never too early look ahead to next season’s hottest looks. The Service Club of Chicago held its annual Day on the Terrace Fashion luncheon. Several local celebrities served as runway models, showing off some of the must have fall fashion looks. The Service Club of Chicago is an all-woman volunteer organization  helping with numerous community efforts.

  • Orthodontist helps those who can`t afford the high price of perfect smile

    An orthodontist in the south suburbs is taking her practice to a whole new level. While still taking care of her usual patients, she’s taking time out to treat kids who need her help but can’t afford the high price of a perfect smile. She’s changing lives one smile at a time and through her generosity, Dr. Lisa Grant has been giving kids something to smile about. Dr Grant is one of Chicago’s very own. You can learn more about […]

  • Mz. Georgia shares fitness expertise with South Side seniors

    Mz. Georgia Griffin is not your average senior citizen. At 63, she’s a fitness expert, line dancer and she spends her days keeping other seniors in shape. She is a former fitness instructor who taught herself line dancing after an experience that changed her life’s purpose. Mz. Georgia says she got inspired after attending a party for senior citizens back in the 90’s. “By the time we got to the restaurant, he put that music on, they threw them canes […]

  • Young woman with rare disease runs non-profit that sends cards to hospitalized kids

    CHICAGO — Jen Rubino knows how it feels to be sick and in the hospital at a young age. The 22-year-old was diagnosed with a rare childhood bone disease at 10 years old. She has spent years in and out of hospitals and has had more than 20 surgeries. And something as simple as receiving a card  meant the world to her back then. “It basically was telling me I was amazing and to stay strong, and it seems simple […]

  • Interracial couples share their stories on 50th anniversary of court ruling

    Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling which ended the ban on interracial marriage. But the Virginia couple whose love prompted that ruling, were not the only ones fighting to be together. WGN News spoke to some Chicagoans who faced the same prejudice and legal obstacles.

  • By getting young men off the streets and into jobs, Arne Duncan hopes to reduce violence

    He has spent most of his life committed to education but now former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has taken on a new cause, dedicating himself to help reducing Chicago’s violence. Duncan says he too is tired of seeing an abundance of African American young men being targeted by Chicago police. Duncan along with partner Emerson Collective are working with nearly two dozen employers helping to get young men off the streets and transition them into permanent jobs. Although still […]