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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    Passion for plants blooms for flower show

    He’s the face behind the flowers and the greenery on our roadside as well as all the beautiful blooms of the Chicago Flower and Garden show. Tony Abruscato uses his passion for plants to beautify our city. Tony’s love history and of love greenery goes into maintaining the legacy of the show each and every year. In addition to the annual show Tony works with other community and gardening groups including Chicago Gateway Green. Tony says another big part of […]

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    Global Health Repurposing Awards held

    WGN’s Micah Materre  hosted the Global Health Repurposing Awards in downtown Chicago Tuesday night. Repurposing refers to new ways of using existing drugs and treatments to improve patients’ lives. The work brings together brilliant hearts and minds in science, philanthropy and business.

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    Nonprofit leader brings new green spaces to Chicago

    Beth White is the regional director of a nonprofit called The Trust for Public Land, and the unsung hero behind our city’s greenest pastures. For the past ten years, her collaborations with community leaders have turned visions into reality. Like transforming old, abandoned railroad tracks into a beautiful 3-mile stretch of land known as the 606 or Bloomingdale Trail. Since it opened a year ago, hundreds of thousands of people have traveled along this outdoor treasure. It’s provided a sense […]

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    Checking in with a memorable mom: Cancer journey just part of life’s twists and turns

    Three years ago, WGN News brought you the story of a mother’s love for her special needs son and her passion for spreading that love to others just like him. Her name is Holly Simon. Since then, she has gone through many twists and turns, including a fight with breast cancer. She chronicled her experiences in a new book Also, the I Am Who I Am Foundation has grown tremendously since its start in 2009. They now donate baby blankets […]

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    Chicago’s Children Choir holds concert in Millennium Park

    CHICAGO — Millennium Park was filled with the sounds of sweet music this morning. The Chicago Children’s Choir’s annual “Paint the Town Red” event had nearly 5,000 of its in-school  and neighborhood choirs participating this morning, as well as the voice of Chicago singers. The lead sponsor of today’s event is Target. Chicago Children’s Choir was established in the 50’s to bridge cultural divides. WGN’s Micah Materre helped to kick off the  event this morning. They have another performance this […]

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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.   […]