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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    Actor takes center stage with help of robotic costar

    Chicago actor Michael Patrick Thornton was told he would never walk again after suffering a stroke 13 years ago. But he’s defying the odds — and taking center stage  — with help from a robotic costar. His exoskeleton suit from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has helped him walk again. After months of training, he brought the suit to The Steppenwolf Theater for his  lead role in Shakespeare’s Richard the III. It was the first time ever that an exoskeleton  — a relatively new […]

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    College education dream fulfilled, now she’s sharing her story

    The decision to go to college later in life is a tough one to make. But one woman proves it can be done despite the odds. Tina Watson survived a deadly disease  and used her new lease on life to fulfill her dream of a college education. It is an education  made possible by the United Negro College Fund. Every year, the organization provides financial assistance to tens of thousands of minority students across the country. Watson is one of […]

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    Ted Cruz, John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump

    Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary […]

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    Houston largely shut down amid rain, flooding

    HOUSTON — More than a foot of rain in some places flooded low-lying areas across the Houston region on Monday, forcing officials to suspend bus and rail service, close schools and government offices and urge residents to stay home amid what authorities said were extremely dangerous conditions. “This is a life-threatening emergency,” the city said on an emergency website. “Houston residents should avoid travel at all costs today.” No injuries or deaths have been reported, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told […]

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    Widow of famed chef working to carry on his legacy through education

    It’s been two and a half years since the death of famed Chicago chef, Charlie Trotter. When he died suddenly of a stroke, his foundation nearly came to an end. But Trotter’s wife Rochelle stepped in to save it and carry on his legacy. Her foundation awards  scholarships to students who can’t afford a college education. Rochelle shares how she’s moved on from her heartbreak and how she’s helping others, in his name. She’s one of Chicago’s Very Own.   […]

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    Tomatoes that taste like mid-summer in early spring

    If you love tomatoes, you know how hard it is to get good ones this time of year. Well, not anymore. About an hour-and-a-half west of Chicago, there are summer tasting tomatoes growing on Illinois farmland, as far as the eye can see.  Tomato connoisseur Micah Materre has that story. You can find MightyVine tomatoes in most major grocery stores. And, they’re working with the city of Chicago to get them into farmers’ markets this spring and early summer.  There are […]

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    Annual Glitz and Glamour fashion show held

    CHICAGO — It was all “Glitz and Glamor” this afternoon at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago, The 2nd annual fashion show benefited A Silver Lining Foundation.  The organization’s founder, Dr. Sandy Goldberg, is a breast cancer survivor. The mission behind Silver Lining is to give equal access to quality cancer education and services to everyone. She and her husband came up with the idea for the foundation at her kitchen table 16 years ago. Today’s runway show and luncheon featured […]

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    Chicago’s Very Own: YMCA outreach worker Mike Almore

    CHICAGO — Countless stories from people suffering from gang violence go untold. But behind every fatal shooting are the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. YMCA outreach worker Mike Almore lost his brother to gang violence — and he’s bringing that story to the forefront to help keep kids off the street. He’s one of Chicago’s Very Own. Almore’s story is one of struggle and redemption. Growing up in Pilsen, he and his younger brother Caid were well-known […]

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    Detectives investigating knife found on ex-O.J. Simpson estate, police say

    LOS ANGELES  —Police are examining what’s been described as a knife said to have been found at the Los Angeles-area estate once owned by former football star O.J. Simpson, Los Angeles police Capt. Andy Neiman said Friday. Police learned within the last month that a former Los Angeles police officer received the item from a construction worker who found it, possibly when Simpson’s former estate in Brentwood was being demolished, Neiman said. It is being examined for forensics — including […]

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    Chicago man who survived hatchet attack by father speaks out decades later

    CHICAGO — This Black History Month, we’re taking you back to the year 1948. That’s when a young boy named Norman Malone nearly lost his life at the hands of his own father. Decades later,  he’s opening up about that attack and how he turned a nightmare into a rewarding career in music. Norman Malone is one of Chicago’s Very Own. To learn more about the concert Malone’s students are planning for him, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Malone2016


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