Micah Materre
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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
  • Suburban musicians play for fun, play for good: Band raises money for charities

    A group of suburban musicians are being hailed as heroes. Their rock band plays for the love of music but also to help those in need. Rich Steiner is the director of real estate law for Walgreens. He spends his day digging through files, signing important paperwork and answering emails. By night, he trades in his suit and tie for a flannel shirt and bass guitar. Steiner plays in local rock band Not for Profit. The group of suburban professionals […]

  • Rev Jesse Jackson gives update on son, discusses MLK anniversary

    This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of a somber day in America: The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Rev Jesse Jackson was there that day. He joined WGN News to talk about that day and gave an update on his son.

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    Chicago’s Very Own: J. Ivy

    CHICAGO — Chicago hip-hop poet J. Ivy has taken his pain of growing up without a father and turned it into something positive. He’s spreading the word of forgiveness and empowerment to Chicago elementary school students. Students at Ashburn Community Elementary School call their poetry club a safe haven, an open forum for self-expression through written word. “No teacher, preacher, parent, friend, nor wise man, can decide what’s right. Just listen to the voice inside,” Xavier Butler said. Celebrated hip-hop […]

  • Dog trainer and special friends helping vets cope with PTSD: Chicago’s Very Own

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill — Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in war veterans can cause violent flashbacks, depression and isolation.  But a south suburban dog trainer is fighting the disorder with the help of some very special friends. Pam Barnett has spent more than 30 years grooming, training and taking care of canines. But now she has a new niche. Barnett created PAWWS. It’s a non-profit organization that trains then donates service dogs to war veterans suffering from PTSD. And growing up […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own Reverend J.C. Smith

    CHICAGO– During this black history month, we want to tell you about one of the living legends of the civil rights movement – who lives right here in the Chicago area. Reverend J.C. Smith had a front row seat to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and now he’s sharing his amazing story. It’s been 60 years, but the memories of the Montgomery Bus Boycott are still very vivid, for Reverend J.C. Smith. The Montgomery, Alabama native found himself in the middle of […]

  • Orchids: A Winter escape blooming in Chicago

    If you’ve had your fill of cold and snow, we have just the ticket. And it doesn’t involve a plant to Maui. The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe is furiously putting the finishing touches on their second annual Orchid Show. And as WGN’s Micah Materre reports, it’s a tropical paradise as far as the eye can see. Some parts of the Orchid Show are free, although to see everything in all rooms and greenhouses requires a ten dollar ticket. Members […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Benjamin Toles

    In honor of Black History Month, we want to introduce you to a man who is carrying on the legacy of an African American trailblazer. Benjamin Toles opened a state-of-the-art aviation facility in Gary, Indiana, that he named after Bessie Coleman – the first black, female aviator.   In the 1920s she broke racial and gender barriers  becoming the world’s first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Toles is carrying on her legacy as the general manager and part-owner of […]

  • Video shows Emanuel’s motorcade racing through red lights

    CHICAGO — Since November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade has gotten five red light tickets for blowing through lights in the City of Chicago. The cameras were put in place to supposedly keep people safe, something the mayor reiterated at the City Club Wednesday morning. “First and foremost, red lights are there for public safety,” Emanuel said. But in a video, it looks like his two car motorcade is doing anything but following the rules of public safety. In one case, an SUV runs the light […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Gary Vartabedian

    CHICAGO — Pizza. It’s a food so good it holds a special place in the hearts of many. But for Gary Vartabedian, this delicious cuisine serves a much higher purpose. Vartabedian is the proud owner of the Armand’s Pizzeria branch located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, and since its opening four years ago, he has donated thousands of pizzas to local non-profits, hospitals and schools. “The pizzeria has evolved to be a charitable vehicle. We take a lot of pride in doing […]

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    Chicago’s Merry Own: Soul Food



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