Micah Materre

Micah Materre is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News 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
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    Rev. J.C. Smith, profiled on WGN, dies at 86

    HARVEY, Ill. — Funeral services will be held Thursday for a legendary minister from suburban Harvey, who was at the forefront of the civil rights movement decades ago down south. The Rev. J.C. Smith was the founder of The Bethlehem Temple Baptist Church in Harvey. He passed away last week at his home at the age of 86. A native of Alabama, he gave rides to people in his car in 1955 during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Smith once said “it was a disgrace” […]

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    Jesse Jackson reflects on his legacy as he turns 75

    CHICAGO — On the eve of his 75th birthday, the Reverend Jesse Jackson has a lot to look back on and a lot to be thankful for. And he says a whole lot more ahead of him. “Some of my friends who were in the struggle were killed. So I’m a survivor, I’ve been blessed to have been a long distance runner,” Jackson said. The reverend joined the struggle for racial equality even before meeting his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, […]

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    ‘Chicago is fixable:’ Detroit’s top cop offers unique insight to cities’ problems

    The city of Chicago is at a pivotal crossroad. Crime is spiraling out of control and some officers are under investigation for their actions in high-profile cases. Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Johnson are trying to reshape a department and a strained relationship with the community. The city is facing complex issues, but there are lessons to be learned from another Midwest city, Detroit. It’s a city that has seen its ups and a whole lot of downs. […]

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    Chicago is fixable: What Detroit can teach us about Chicago

    Last month, Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced plans to overhaul the city’s police department which included putting 1,000 more officers on the street. It is a move to fix a horribly strained relationship with the community. The number of shootings and homicides are spiraling out of control.  Numbers are already much higher than last year. And some officers are under investigation for their actions in many high-profile cases as well. In early September, WGN’s Micah Materre sat […]

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    Celebration of Diversity dinner held

    WGN’s Micah Materre was center stage Wednesday night as the emcee at the 7th Annual Celebration of Diversity dinner. The dinner was held at the University Club and hosted by Barnes and Thornburg LLP.          

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    Hillary Clinton makes history, accepts Democratic nomination

    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton beamed with emotion as she took the convention stage to become the first woman ever to accept a major U.S. party’s presidential nomination. “It is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said to thunderous applause at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Clinton appeared almost overcome with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, […]

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    Hillary Clinton’s childhood friends reflect on her historic nomination

    Several of Hillary Clinton’s childhood friends that she grew up with in Park Ridge, IL will be sitting in the arena tonight as their BFF goes where no American woman has gone before. We met some of those friends at the Iowa caucuses and invited them to share their memories on the eve of her big day with WGN’s Micah Materre.

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    Kaine, Obama headline Wednesday DNC

    PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama plans to deliver a high-profile job reference for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, arguing that a long — and in his view, overlooked — career in public service has rendered her the most qualified candidate in history. “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America,” Obama will say in his convention speech, according to excerpts […]

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    Hillary Clinton wins convention votes to make history

    PHILADELPHIA — Democrats made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history on Tuesday, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state was formally installed as the party nominee to take on Donald Trump on an emotional night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, before embarking on an intense fall campaign […]

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    Hadiya Pendleton’s mother to take center stage at DNC

    PHILADELPHIA – It’s something a mother never gets over: the violent loss of a child. Cleopatra Pendleton is in a club she never asked to join. In 2013 her then 15-year-old daughter Hadiya was caught in the middle of crossfire from a gang fight in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. Hadiya was killed — one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Pendleton is now a part of Mothers of the Movement, and will take center stage with other mothers […]