Micah Materre
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Micah Materre was named anchor of WGN News at Nine in October 2009. Prior to her WGN News at Nine appointment, 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. While at WGN, she has covered entertainment news and special assignment stories. In addition to anchoring, Micah is also the producer of the “Chicago’s Very Own” segment for WGN News and she is the host of WGN’s public affairs program, “People to People”

Before moving back home to Chicago, 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. 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.

Recognized for her excellent work as a journalist, Micah is an Emmy Award winner and has been honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. She has also been featured in several national publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Chicago Woman, ‘Who’s Who’ in Black Chicago, and Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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 the Chicago Child Care Society. She is a member of the civic organization, Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • Chicago’s Very Own Reverend J.C. Smith

    CHICAGO– During this black history month, we want to tell you about one of the living legends of the civil rights movement – who lives right here in the Chicago area. Reverend J.C. Smith had a front row seat to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and now he’s sharing his amazing story. It’s been 60 years, but the memories of the Montgomery Bus Boycott are still very vivid, for Reverend J.C. Smith. The Montgomery, Alabama native found himself in the middle of […]

  • Orchids: A Winter escape blooming in Chicago

    If you’ve had your fill of cold and snow, we have just the ticket. And it doesn’t involve a plant to Maui. The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe is furiously putting the finishing touches on their second annual Orchid Show. And as WGN’s Micah Materre reports, it’s a tropical paradise as far as the eye can see. Some parts of the Orchid Show are free, although to see everything in all rooms and greenhouses requires a ten dollar ticket. Members […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Benjamin Toles

    In honor of Black History Month, we want to introduce you to a man who is carrying on the legacy of an African American trailblazer. Benjamin Toles opened a state-of-the-art aviation facility in Gary, Indiana, that he named after Bessie Coleman – the first black, female aviator.   In the 1920s she broke racial and gender barriers  becoming the world’s first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Toles is carrying on her legacy as the general manager and part-owner of […]

  • Video shows Emanuel’s motorcade racing through red lights

    CHICAGO — Since November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade has gotten five red light tickets for blowing through lights in the City of Chicago. The cameras were put in place to supposedly keep people safe, something the mayor reiterated at the City Club Wednesday morning. “First and foremost, red lights are there for public safety,” Emanuel said. But in a video, it looks like his two car motorcade is doing anything but following the rules of public safety. In one case, an SUV runs the light […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Gary Vartabedian

    CHICAGO — Pizza. It’s a food so good it holds a special place in the hearts of many. But for Gary Vartabedian, this delicious cuisine serves a much higher purpose. Vartabedian is the proud owner of the Armand’s Pizzeria branch located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, and since its opening four years ago, he has donated thousands of pizzas to local non-profits, hospitals and schools. “The pizzeria has evolved to be a charitable vehicle. We take a lot of pride in doing […]

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    Chicago’s Merry Own: Soul Food


  • Chicago’s Very Own: Alyssa Candiano and Hayley Collins

    A Hobart Middle School student is achieving what may seem to be the impossible. Alyssa Candiano is becoming a cross country running sensation, but she’s legally blind. Her success is thanks in part to high school athlete Hayley Collins. The two young ladies are proving anything is possible with the right amount of determination, and a positive attitude. Alyssa and Haley are two of Chicago’s Very Own.

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    Teaching at-risk youth is passion for Chicago’s Very Own Francisco Ramirez

    He escaped poverty to live a life giving back to others. Francisco Ramirez is an after-school program manager teaching at-risk students the importance of service. Ramirez is an after-school program manager for buildOn. The organization teams up with schools across the city giving students a way to give back to their communities. He often works with students from underprivileged  families. And poverty is something Ramirez can relate to. When he was 4-years-old, he and his family moved to the U.S. […]

  • People to People – Human Trafficking

    A group of students were the guest on People to People this week. As part of Columbia Links, the CPS students made Human Trafficking: Caught in the Shadows, an investigative piece. The CPS students gathered to report on tough issues. They wrote articles and made a video. They spoke about what they experienced and what they learned.

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    Chicago’s Very Own: Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer

    Shred415 is a mega-calorie burning workout created by Chicagoans Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer. It all started in 2006, when the fitness-loving pair met during a fateful run-in at a coffee shop. The two women bonded over their love for fitness and designed Shred, which later opened in Lincoln Park in 2011. Shred415 is a sanctuary where people are overcoming major hurdles, and achieving healthy lifestyles. From weight loss to helping clients overcome major adversities, Micheli and Roemer are life […]


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