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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
  • Creator of ‘Hiplet:’ ‘We’ve opened up eyes across the world’

    Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American principal dancer for American ballet theater. But a Chicago man took his classical ballet training and turned it into something so contemporary, it has its own name and some famous followers. After years of dancing in New York, Homer Bryant opened up this studio in Chicago. His dance, “Hiplet,” is a fusion of hip hop and ballet en pointe, performed only by experienced dancers. Homer Bryant is one of Chicago’s Very […]

  • Valerie Jarrett discusses ‘gut-wrenching’ Clinton loss and why there’s still optimism

    For the last eight years, Valerie Jarrett was the right hand to the most powerful man in the world. From the moment President Obama took the Oath of Office in 2009, she became his senior advisor and his go-to person. But now, the party is over. Right now she divides her time between her home in Washington and one here in Chicago.  She’s on the speaker’s circuit, she’s joined some boards and wants to encourage young people to go into […]

  • Friends blooming business helps charities too

    Joe Dickstein and Steve Dyme are owners of flowers for dreams, a floral delivery service like you’ve never seen before in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Friends since high school, they ended up at different colleges. Joe went to Indiana University and majored in marketing and Steve studied political science and Middle East studies at the University of Wisconsin. And like most college students they were in need of a little extra cash. So in 2012 they joined some college friends […]

  • A very special guest reader at Tutoring Chicago

  • Octogenarian has strong voice, history in early education

    At 88-years-old, Barbara Bowman shows no signs of slowing down. Bowman lives alone, in the same house she and her late husband Dr. James Bowman, resided in for over 50 years. Today, her roommate is her 4-year-old Golden Doodle, Honey. For over five decades, this internationally renowned educator has been the go-to person for early childhood education, specifically for at risk kids and children of color. Among her many accomplishments, at the age of 80, during the Obama Administration, she […]

  • Merri Dee honored for business, charity work

    Chicago broadcast legend here was honored for her 50 years in the business and her charity work. The celebration for Merri Dee also kicked-off Women’s History Month in Chicago and will help support the soon-to-be announced Merri Dee Healing Center.” It will be located at the YWCA in Logan Square to help women impacted by violence.

  • Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year honored

    Young people competing for the annual Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year were honored at Navy Pier Tuesday night. Over one thousand supporters packed the grand ballroom for the annual competition and fundraiser. Mayor Emanuel was also on hand. He spoke about the importance of supporting the Boys and Girls Club and of paying it forward.

  • Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference held

    CHICAGO — Empowering communities and embracing diversity. That was the theme of this years  Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference on the city’s West Side. This is the fourth year for the event, which centers on contributions from Chicago’s most diverse communities, including the LGBTQ and disabilities community. WGN’s Micah Materre had the honor of speaking today at the Cinespace Film Studios.  Other speakers included, Illinois Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and  Hollywood producer Mark Roberts, the creator of Two and a Half […]

  • Farmers and bakers reconnect with whole grains, bringing bread back to its roots

    CHICAGO — From a father-daughter duo revolutionizing wheat farming in Ottawa, to the first restaurant in the country to mill it’s own flour in the West Loop, it’s a trend that’s making what’s old, new again. Bakers and restaurants are turning back to whole grain wheat and flour milled the old fashioned way. Doing so may even benefit those who follow a gluten free diet. Micah Materre has the story all about the power in the flour. Learn more: Pleasant […]

  • South Side Sox fans cheering for their crosstown rivals

    CHICAGO — Believe it or not, Cubs fever is even on the South Side -widely considered Sox territory! Bridgeport is a neighborhood known to have the most diehard Sox fans around, and while Sox fans were able to celebrate a World Series win of their own back in 2005, many of them in the neighborhood still agree: it’s time for the Cubs to get a World Series “W” as well. WGN’s Micah Materre joined photojournalist Mike D’angelo to get the […]