Micah Materre
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Micah Materre was named anchor of WGN News at Nine in October 2009. Prior to her WGN News at Nine appointment, 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. While at WGN, she has covered entertainment news and special assignment stories. In addition to anchoring, Micah is also the producer of the “Chicago’s Very Own” segment for WGN News and she is the host of WGN’s public affairs program, “People to People”

Before moving back home to Chicago, 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. 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.

Recognized for her excellent work as a journalist, Micah is an Emmy Award winner and has been honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. She has also been featured in several national publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Chicago Woman, ‘Who’s Who’ in Black Chicago, and Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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 the Chicago Child Care Society. She is a member of the civic organization, Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Recent Articles
  • Chicago’s Very Own: Alyssa Candiano and Hayley Collins

    A Hobart Middle School student is achieving what may seem to be the impossible. Alyssa Candiano is becoming a cross country running sensation, but she’s legally blind. Her success is thanks in part to high school athlete Hayley Collins. The two young ladies are proving anything is possible with the right amount of determination, and a positive attitude. Alyssa and Haley are two of Chicago’s Very Own.

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    Teaching at-risk youth is passion for Chicago’s Very Own Francisco Ramirez

    He escaped poverty to live a life giving back to others. Francisco Ramirez is an after-school program manager teaching at-risk students the importance of service. Ramirez is an after-school program manager for buildOn. The organization teams up with schools across the city giving students a way to give back to their communities. He often works with students from underprivileged  families. And poverty is something Ramirez can relate to. When he was 4-years-old, he and his family moved to the U.S. […]

  • People to People – Human Trafficking

    A group of students were the guest on People to People this week. As part of Columbia Links, the CPS students made Human Trafficking: Caught in the Shadows, an investigative piece. The CPS students gathered to report on tough issues. They wrote articles and made a video. They spoke about what they experienced and what they learned.

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    Chicago’s Very Own: Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer

    Shred415 is a mega-calorie burning workout created by Chicagoans Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer. It all started in 2006, when the fitness-loving pair met during a fateful run-in at a coffee shop. The two women bonded over their love for fitness and designed Shred, which later opened in Lincoln Park in 2011. Shred415 is a sanctuary where people are overcoming major hurdles, and achieving healthy lifestyles. From weight loss to helping clients overcome major adversities, Micheli and Roemer are life […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Blaine Blanchard

    A visit to the Museum of Science and Industry may be an ordinary field trip for some kids; but to the ones attending “Camp Kids are Kids,” this trip was anything but mundane. Their smiles are big, and their positive attitudes are infectious. But these kids, ages 8 to 16, are living with cancer. “I think they’re fighters, and I really think camp really helps them.” said Blaine Blanchard, the founder of “Camp Kids are Kids.” Instead of roughing it in the woods, […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Rob Shindler

    It started as a way to help his struggling son learn how to read. But one man’s mission…turned into something much more than that. Rob Shindler is now a crusader for adult literacy. He’s one of Chicago’s Very Own. “Count Dracula says I want to suck your bl, what is the first sound in blood?” Energetic…“Slow it down!” Lively… Those words may come to mind when describing Rob Shindler’s teaching style. But those words alone don’t do him any justice. […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Tarik Khribech

    To some, it may look like any old seed. But to Tarik Khribech, it’s something that changed his life. “This is a part of, a big piece of my childhood.” Argan oil is a moisturizer — rich in antioxidants — that comes from inside this seed. It is only made in a remote area of Morocco, but it is quickly gaining popularity and is now found in many high end beauty products and salons here in the U.S. Khribech, a […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Iona Calhoun combines love for ballet, children in South Shore

    Ballet requires discipline, grace, and agility – but it’s not all about plies and pirouettes – especially at one South Side ballet company where self-esteem takes center stage. Iona Calhoun fuses her love for dance with her expertise in child psychology, to create a unique experience at her very own dance school, The Iona Calhoun School of Ballet. Iona opened up her school in the South Shore neighborhood 14 years ago, and it has flourished ever since, thanks to her […]

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    Chicago’s Very Own: Meet the ladies behind The Kids Pantry

    Chicago’s Very Own: Meet the ladies behind Kids Pantry More info: https://www.facebook.com/TheKidsPantry

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Allison Semmes

    Chicago’s Very Own: Allison Semmes

      Allison Semmes nails it as Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown the Musical”. The Broadway star is playing the legendary singer at the oriental theater for a three month run. It’s a thrill for the classically trained singer, because she’s singing her heart out for her hometown audience. Allison Semmes: “I was in the Motown Broadway production and I was loving it. But I really was missing home. Chicago. I haven’t seen here in a while. It’s […]

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