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: 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

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  • 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 […]

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