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.

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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 […]

  • Chicago’s Very Own: Reverend Margaret Ann Williams

    Chicago’s Very Own: Reverend Margaret Ann Williams

    Reverend Margaret Ann Williams, or Maw, as she’s called, from her initials M.A.W., flips through a photo album in her Hyde Park apartment. She’s looking at pictures that tell the story of her very philanthropic career. Reverend Michelle Sanders: “The name Maw is appropriate because she is like a mother.” Williams came to Chicago with her family from Mississippi in 1940, just like many blacks who migrated north for a better life. “I can remember riding the choo-choo train. The […]

  • Chicago's Very Own: Bobby Hitz

    Chicago’s Very Own: Bobby Hitz

    Bobby Hitz can’t sit still when he’s got a Friday night fight going on. The outspoken Hitz, holds the record as the longest running boxing promoter in Chicagoland. Staging bouts like this one for close to 25 years. Hitz is known in the business as a straight up guy. He pulls no punches. He told us the promotion business needs more experienced guys looking out for fighters. “You have to have 20 fights under your belt to turn pro. You […]

  • Chicago's Very Own Lawrence Block

    Chicago’s Very Own: cellist Lawrence Block

    Seventy-eight year-old Lawrence Block plays the cello as if it were a precious child. Feeling each note, touching each string to get the exact sound he wants. The same way he did when he picked it up as a child. Music has always been his true passion. Even when he was eighteen and his cello instructor suggested he pursue a law career instead of music. Block says as a lawyer he made a good living but music has made his […]

  • Chicago's Very Own: Cheryl Clark

    Chicago’s Very Own: Cheryl Clark

    After 18 years on the job, Chicago Police Officer Cheryl Clark still loves to go to work. She says working with the public is her passion, it’s what drives her. and police work as she says is God’s work. Micah Materre has more on this story.

  • Chicago’s Very Own Soul Food Series: Michelle Thomas

    Chicago’s Very Own Soul Food Series: Michelle Thomas

    We visit a woman who left the law profession after practicing for almost 25 years. 50 year old Michelle Thomas gave it all up to go to cooking school at Chicago’s Kendall College. She’s learning how to make Soul Food. And in her words, take it to the next level- Nouveau Soul Food if you will.  We talked with her, along with Chef Dina Altieri. We found out why she’s so passionate about Soul Food. Sautéed Collard Greens Ingredients: 1 […]

  • Chicago's Very Own Soul Food Series: MacArthur Alexander and Sharon McKennie

    Chicago’s Very Own Soul Food Series: MacArthur Alexander and Sharon McKennie

    We visit a legendary soul food restaurant in the city’s Austin neighborhood that has stood the test of time. While many of Chicago’s soul food restaurants have closed, MacArthur’s restaurant remains vibrant. It’s a place where local politicians and celebrities come to eat, meet and enjoy southern cooking. We introduce you to owner MacArthur Alexander and his niece, Sharon McKennie to find out why soul food is the glue that holds their family and community together. For more info: www.macarthursrestaurant.com […]

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    Chicago’s Very Own Soul Food Series: Cliff Rome and Grandma

    We introduce you to Cliff Rome, a 42-year old local award winning chef and owner of the catering company. Rome’s joy, and his spirited 88-year old grandmother, Mary T Winn,  who’s been cooking soul food since she was 14-years old back in Tennessee. Grandma turns 89 years young in a couple of weeks, February 20th. They say there’s more than one way to cook a pot of greens. Cliff Rome’s Green’s recipe 1 white onions, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 […]

  • Chicago's Very Own Soul Food Series: Bill Ball

    Chicago’s Very Own Soul Food Series: Bill Ball

    We visit a bakery on the south side of Chicago.  The owner Bill Ball, started baking after giving up his corporate job in the suburbs because the long drive and stress wasn’t making him happy. So he reached back to roots and his mother’s recipe for pound cake, and decided to put his heart and soul into baking. 1.  Prepare baking pan with shortening and brown sugar 2.  Line baking pans with pecans 3.  Place apple wedges over pecans 4.  […]