Micah Materre

Micah Materre is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News and the WGN News at Nine. 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 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. 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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    Famed jazz vocalist returns to Chicago to inspire young singers

    A famed jazz vocalist who started his career in Chicago is back in town. Grammy award winning Kurt Elling made a trip to the Windy City for a chance to inspire a very talented group of kids in the Chicago Children’s Choir. This trip home was also an opportunity for Elling to go back to his roots and perform at one of his old haunts. More on this installment of Chicago’s Very Own.

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    Kicking cancer’s butt in high heels

    As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, Chicago’s Very Own introduces you to two women who are fighting the disease with help from a very special pair of shoes. Lauren Truelock and Sidne Hirsch call themselves sole sisters and are two of Chicago’s Very Own. To find out how to donate a pair of healing heals, log on to http://www.healing-heels.com/

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    Chicago’s Very Own: Kuumba Lynx

    CHICAGO — Hip hop culture is a way of life for a group of Chicago youth, and it’s gaining them national recognition. It’s all thanks to Kuumba Lynx, a hip hop arts organization that is a breeding ground for new talent. There’s one of Chicago’s Very Own. Learn more about the organization and check out their upcoming events at: http://www.kuumbalynx.com

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    Group works to reach out to victims of human trafficking in Chicago

    Victims of human trafficking and prostitution often get stuck in a downward spiral of sexual exploitation, drug use and violence. And believe it or not, it’s happening in our own back yards. But one  woman, who lived as a prostitute for more than two decades, is bringing attention to the problem. A WGN camera crew took a ride with Brenda Myers-Powell and her Dreamcatcher Foundation as they reached out to the victims of this dangerous life. Since we interviewed Myers-Powell […]

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    Tutoring Chicago celebrates milestone

    Reading, writing, and tutoring – a Chicago group that helps kids do better in school is celebrating a milestone anniversary. Tutoring Chicago is celebrating 50 years. The group held a celebration and fundraising event at the Montgomery Club in downtown Chicago Thursday night. Over the years, the organization has assisted countless young people with classwork and testing, help that eventually enabled them to be successful in college and in life.

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    Local group helps gives young moms guidance, support

    Being a mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world – especially when you’re a teenager. But a local organization is making things a lot easier  by providing a roadmap for young moms. Options for Youth works one-on-one with young mothers to keep them on track. Pat Mosena and Options for Youth are Chicago’s Very Own.  More info at: http://options4youth.org/

  • Chicago’s Very Own Carey Cooper

    CHICAGO– A father’s experience raising a special needs child has inspired him to help others. Carey Cooper opened up several Lyfe Kitchen restaurants in the Chicago area, and welcomes special needs employees with open arms.  WGN’s Micah Materre tells us why he is one of Chicago’s Very Own.   For more information on Cooper’s Highland Park residential community, visit: www.keshet.org and for more on Lyfe Kitchen, visit www.lyfekitchen.com  

  • For young Chicago climbing star, the sky’s the limit

    If your kids are climbing the walls this summer, here’s a thought; encourage it! Brightly colored climbing walls are popping up all over the country. And as WGN’s Micah Materre reports, a Chicago girl is becoming a star in top national competitions. “On belay. Belay on. Climbing. Climb on. There are actually spider webs up here. You can take them down for them.” Sophie Volchenboum weighs 60 pounds soaking wet, just turned eleven, and is already among the best rock […]

  • Man makes water safety education his life’s passion

    A local surfer who nearly drowned in Lake Michigan is dedicating his life to water safety education. He brings vital lessons to kids who often don’t learn the dangers of water in school. Dave Benjamin and his Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project is one of Chicago’s Very Own. To learn more about the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, or to sign their petition for a water safety school curriculum, go to http://glsrp.org/

  • Chicago teen rises over bullying to inspire others

    A Chicago teenager is rising to success after overcoming years of bullying. Now, Laura Ambriz wants to share her story, to help others. She was also honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago as the 2015 Youth of the Year. Laura received a $1,000  college scholarship with the award. She hasn’t decided where she wants to go yet  but  she wants to study business and economics. Laura Ambriz is one of Chicago’s Very Own.


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