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
  • Local chef takes time to give back to students in the kitchen

    He has a full plate running a restaurant and catering business.   But local chef Cliff Rome makes time to teach kids the ins and outs of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Rome has trained alongside renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants.   But it may be his latest endeavor that makes him most proud. Rome is involved in a culinary arts program “Before The Plate.”  It introduces the basics of cooking to students and […]

  • Choir helps young boys sing their way into adulthood

    CHICAGO — There is nothing like the beautiful sound of a children’s choir, but as children grow, so do their voices. The Chicago Children’s Choir has found a way to help young boys continue singing their way into adulthood, with a choir designed just for them. They are called DiMension, and they are Chicago’s Very Own. WGN’s Micah Materre has the story.

  • Teens put new, personal twist on opera

    For some, the word “opera” may evoke images of dramatic musical theatre sung in a foreign language. But some Chicago area teens are putting a new twist on an otherwise conservative tradition. The group is called “Empower Youth” and the idea is the result of a partnership between  the Chicago Urban League and Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited- an arm of the Lyric Opera. And the group is learning all aspects of an opera production, including costuming and set design.   But this […]

  • Chicago fashion business run by two young Chicago girls, ‘Sass-E-Todds’

    With a business sprouting as fast as they are, two young Chicago girls are tapping into a market they know best: fashion for toddlers. Since children, ages 7-years-old and 3-years-old, respectively, Stephanie and Samantha Smith have had a passion for fashion – and a mom with a business sense to capitalize on it.  Myla Patterson Smith, the mother of both designers, moved on the opportunity. “They were making these different designs and outfits and I looked at them, thought ‘these […]

  • Creative teacher engages students with visual learning

    CHICAGO — How do you get 6th graders interested in Science?  By making it fun, of course. Teacher Gretchen Brinza brings enthusiasm and quite a bit of ingenuity to her class. She  loves to teach science and her students love to learn  at Alcott Elementary in Lincoln Park. Brinza takes her innovative approach beyond science,  often including technology, engineering and math or the STEM curriculum. Last October the Illinois Science Teachers Assoc in conjunction with two other groups named Brinza […]

  • Suburban teen honored for ‘repairing the world’ through fundraising

    It is the season of giving. But Highland Park teen Gabriella Cooperman has been giving nearly her entire life. Recently she held the 12th annual Cookies for Charity and Lemonade Stand and she has raised nearly $150,000 to date. She donates all proceeds to Equestrian Connection, an organization that provides horse riding and other therapy to the disabled. Her sister Danielle has special needs and Gabriella says she has witnessed firsthand the positive impact it’s had. “The first time my […]

  • Suburban family’s cuccidati Christmas cookie recipe straight out of Sicily

    Last month, we asked viewers to send us their favorite family recipes that also have a great story behind them.  We got some great recipes, but the story of the “Cuccidati” holiday cookies from the Warren Family caught our attention. Dating back generations, the Warren Family’s holiday tradition comes all the way from Sicily. WGN’s Micah Matere joined the family in their Lombard kitchen to hear their story. Make the dessert yourself with the following recipe: “Cuccidati”—The DiGangi version 5 […]

  • Woman, neighborhood turn dilapidated Englewood home into community center

    CHICAGO — Police, activists and residents alike are constantly working to curb violence in Chicago. But one woman’s unusual idea has brought peace and calm to some in the heart of one of the city’s worst neighborhoods: Englewood. “Initially, everyone thought I was the police,” says Robbin Carroll. The first time Quentin Mables met Carroll, Mables and his friends were playing basketball. “I looked up the street and there was Robbin on the corner,” Mables says. “Myself and my friends […]

  • Mother creates clothing line after others fall short in style, inspiration

    Keewa Nurullah is a wife and mother of two. She works as an actress and sings with a jazz band on the weekends. But it was the birth of her son Farraz that inspired her latest venture – a clothing line for children. She says many of the onesies and t-shirts she came upon were gender specific and she was disappointed with the selections when it came to boys. “I saw a lot of super macho, tough messages for little […]

  • THE RECIPE: Submit your best and WGN’s Micah Materre may make it with you at your house

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, WGN’s Micah Materre is looking for “The Recipe” — the one that’s been handed down in your family for generations. The heirloom recipe that conjures up those warm and fuzzy feelings. The one you make every special occasion, every holiday. The one that’s always on the dining room table. And we want the unique story behind it. Where did it come from, who made it originally and why is it so special to you and […]