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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    Mae Ya Carter, the little girl with the big voice

    CHICAGO – You may not have seen Mae Ya Ryan but you’ve probably heard her. WGN first introduced you to the little girl with the big voice three years ago, and now Mae Ya is 14. For this Black History Month, she tells us how some classic singers are influencing her life. The 14-year-old’s velvety singing voice is earning her a lot of recognition, so much so that she’s been compared her to her own idol – legendary songstress Ella Fitzgerald. […]

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    Chicago’s Very Own: Tracy Baim

    CHICAGO–Tracy Baim is a walking talking gay rights encyclopedia. “These are just really fun for me to go through because I wrote a lot of these stories; I took a lot of these photos.” Her home, filled with memories from her more than 30 years of experience as a story teller. Baim is the co-founder of the Windy City Times. The newspaper is a trusted outlet for Chicago’s gay and lesbian community. “It’s a very complex community to cover which […]

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    Group inspires teens to carry on customs of their ancestors

    As the holiday season comes to an end, we want to tell you about an organization that is helping some local kids get in touch with their faith. NCSY inspires Jewish teenagers to carry on religious customs started by their ancestors centuries ago. WGN’s Micah Materre tells us why they’re one of Chicago’s Very Own.   For more information: https://ncsy.org/

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    Angels among us: A suburban Chicago man’s heroic acts unite two faith communities

    The heroic acts of a suburban Chicago man have united two faith communites.

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    Pair of artists ignite spark of creativity in Bridgeport

    Pair of artists ignite spark of creativity in Bridgeport A pair of world renowned artists has made their home in Chicago.  And they’re igniting the creative spark for dozens of local artists. The Zhou brothers transformed a warehouse on the city’s south side into a community space for those with the need to create. The artists and their Zhou B. Art center are staples in the Bridgeport neighborhood. But their story started in China. WGN’s Micah Materre has their story. […]

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    Attorney turned fashion designer uses talents to help others

    CHICAGO — Divorce is a difficult and life-changing experience for most people, but family law mediator Mark Roscoe uses a therapeutic approach to help his clients make a smooth transition. “I spend my days helping people learn how to get through this process in a healthy way,” he said. “Oftentimes, I see why cases don’t get resolved. It’s because attorneys get entrenched in the fight, versus the healing process.” He learned that process from his deceased dad, who gave him a piece […]

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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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