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
  • 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 […]

  • After School All Stars honors contributors at luncheon

    An organization that works to empower young people across the nation celebrated its 15th anniversary in Chicago. After School All Stars  held a luncheon Thursday called One Chicago. City officials and dignitaries were there to support the group. A  number of people who’ve contributed to helping Chicago’s youth were honored at the luncheon.

  • ‘It definitely turned me around:’ Chicago teen find support at Mercy Home

    18-year-old Markese has made great strides since living at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls on Chicago’s West Side. Today he shared his story at a graduation for Mercy. He came to the home a little more than a year ago after being expelled from high school. “I had behavior issues,” he says. “ I always seemed to get into some type of dispute with either other students or staff, teachers and ended up being suspended for things like […]

  • Chicago man helps to coach leaders on and off the court

    He’s a high school basketball coach, counselor and a teacher. On the sidelines during the game,  Michael Sneed dedicates his off season coaching players and students how to be champions in life. Three years ago Coach Sneed created a leadership program at Loyola Academy High School aimed at building his players mental strength and leadership skills both on and off the court. Michael Sneed is one of Chicago’s Very Own.  

  • ‘Be Your Own Shero’ event held

    Guests gathered this weekend at Chicago’s Symphony Center to attend a community forum for African American women. WGN’s own Micah Materre moderated the event entitled “Be Your Own Shero: The Black Superwoman Syndrome and Its Impact On Mental Health.” The guest speaker was nationally recognized mental health expert Doctor Jinnie Cristerna. Among the topics they explored  were the “Strong Black Woman”and whether women are afraid that if they stop “doing” they’ll no longer be of value.

  • Chef helps students in and outside the kitchen

    Gloria Hafer pulls no punches when it comes to pushing her students. For nearly 20 years, Hafer has been head chef of Chicago’s After School Matters culinary program. Twice a day Hafer is in the kitchen teaching about 80 students not only the basics of cooking, but basic life skills that she says will prepare them for the future. Hafer is a mentor, boss and sometimes the only confidant the children have. She uses the slogan “Hafer is Safer” because […]

  • Chicago Academy for the Arts Legacy Ball celebrated

    It’s the 35th annual Legacy Ball for the Chicago Academy for the Arts at the Palmer House The Chicago Academy for the Arts encourages artistic expression and academic excellence. The event raises money to give talented youth the very best in education and artistic freedom.  

  • Piece by piece, woman helps comfort kids

    Francine Spacek is passionate about two things: children and fabric. An interior designer for 40 years, Spacek got tired of watching manufacturers at the Merchandise Mart get rid of what she calls, perfectly fine pieces of fabric. So she decided to turn  their  trash into a child’s treasure and put the wasted material to good use. 12 years ago she founded  SEWonderful quilts, an organization where volunteers sew the fabric pieces together to make comfort quilts for kids with life […]

  • 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 […]