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.

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    Hillary Clinton wins convention votes to make history

    PHILADELPHIA — Democrats made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history on Tuesday, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state was formally installed as the party nominee to take on Donald Trump on an emotional night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, before embarking on an intense fall campaign […]

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    Hadiya Pendleton’s mother to take center stage at DNC

    PHILADELPHIA – It’s something a mother never gets over: the violent loss of a child. Cleopatra Pendleton is in a club she never asked to join. In 2013 her then 15-year-old daughter Hadiya was caught in the middle of crossfire from a gang fight in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. Hadiya was killed — one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Pendleton is now a part of Mothers of the Movement, and will take center stage with other mothers […]

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    DNC apologizes to Bernie Sanders for ‘inexcusable remarks’

    PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee is offering its “deep and sincere apology” to Bernie Sanders, his supporters and the entire party for what it calls “the inexcusable remarks made over email.” The statement from incoming interim party leader, Donna Brazile, and six other officials says the comments in the emails “do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process.” The statement says the party won’t tolerate disrespectful language. The statement wasn’t signed […]

  • Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attends a campaign rally at Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made their first public appearance together a day after the Clinton campaign announced Senator Kaine as the Democratic vice presidential candidate.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down as Democratic Party chairwoman

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week’s convention. The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries. That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call Sunday for Wasserman Schultz’simmediate resignation. In a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia. She also says […]

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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 […]