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
  • Couple turns hardship into helping others

    AURORA, Ill. — All three of their children were born with a terminal disease, but an Aurora couple discovered a way to turn hardship into helping others. Bob and Sonya Evanosky are two of Chicago’s very own.

  • Former youth minister turned producer has Hollywood calling

    CHICAGO — Local Christian movie producer Eric Groth is a former high school youth minister and coach. He’s spent much of his career working with teenagers. His creative ways now have Hollywood knocking on his door. The Saint Charles resident says he never imagined he’d be spending his days producing feature films and dealing with Hollywood bigwigs. His first feature film “Full of Grace” was released on DVD in 2015. His latest film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” caught the attention of […]

  • Banker donates time and generosity

    Life is busy when you are working in the corporate world.  But one area banking executive doesn’t let that get in the way.   Donating his time and generosity both on the clock and in his spare time. Fifth Third Bank regional president Eric Smith doesn’t take his high powered corporate position for granted. Last week, Smith along with 200 bank employees, gathered at navy pier for what has become 5th 3rd banks annual day of service- May 3rd.      Together, they […]

  • Creativity in sobriety: Man helps others in recovery

    CHICAGO — As a teen he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Now nearly a decade later, Chris Reed devotes much of his time to helping others get clean. He also came up with a creative way to serve younger members in recovery. Reed is a founding member of New Directions Addiction and Recovery Services. He and his team work to support victims in recovery by offering treatment services, housing and even a little fun. In his early days of […]

  • Teens using bracelets to help brighten smiles of those in need

    They’re still in high school but that hasn’t stopped two suburban teens from making their generous mark in the world. Naperville teens and best friends Nandini Arakoni and Sanjana Gangadharan spend nearly all of their free time making charm bracelets. But it’s not for the love of jewelry. It for the love of children. In January of 2017, the girls began selling charm bracelets to raise money for children with cleft lips or palates. Hoping to raise a little money […]

  • Chicago woman helps make a difference in lives of African orphans

    CHICAGO — She’s helped hundreds of orphaned children in Ghana. With her endless passion and enthusiasm, Shelley Reese is proof that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. She is one of Chicago’s Very Own. For more information, visit: abetterlifeforkids.org.

  • 50 years later, Rev. Jackson recounts the final hours of Dr. Martin Luther King

    Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those who was with Dr. King the day of the shooting. The night of April 3 as Rev. Jackson and others arrived in Memphis, Dr. King wasn’t feeling well. Rev. Jackson affirmed similar reports that King had been battling the emotional weight of his work. But Dr. King forged ahead and eventually met his team at Memphis’ historic Mason Temple. “He […]

  • Local chef takes time to give back to students in the kitchen

    He has a full plate running a restaurant and catering business.   But local chef Cliff Rome makes time to teach kids the ins and outs of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Rome has trained alongside renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants.   But it may be his latest endeavor that makes him most proud. Rome is involved in a culinary arts program “Before The Plate.”  It introduces the basics of cooking to students and […]

  • Choir helps young boys sing their way into adulthood

    CHICAGO — There is nothing like the beautiful sound of a children’s choir, but as children grow, so do their voices. The Chicago Children’s Choir has found a way to help young boys continue singing their way into adulthood, with a choir designed just for them. They are called DiMension, and they are Chicago’s Very Own. WGN’s Micah Materre has the story.

  • Teens put new, personal twist on opera

    For some, the word “opera” may evoke images of dramatic musical theatre sung in a foreign language. But some Chicago area teens are putting a new twist on an otherwise conservative tradition. The group is called “Empower Youth” and the idea is the result of a partnership between  the Chicago Urban League and Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited- an arm of the Lyric Opera. And the group is learning all aspects of an opera production, including costuming and set design.   But this […]