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
  • 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 […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Chicago Children’s Choir ‘champions’

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Children’s Choir has been introducing children to music for more than six decades. WGN’s Micah Materre and Tahman Bradley hosted the group’s annual “Red Jacket Optional” gala Friday. CCC’s “champions” were recognized at the event and on WGN’s “Chicago’s Very Own” segment.

  • 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.