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Mike Lowe joined WGN-TV in April of 2015 after previously interning in the WGN Sports department from 1998 to 1999.

Before arriving at WGN, Mike worked at Tribune-owned WITI-TV (FOX) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he covered politics and government issues including the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, all of the major developments in the 2011 “Budget Battle,” the 2011 state senate recall races, the historic 2012 recall of Governor Scott Walker, the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, both the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Kentucky, and the 2012 presidential campaign in the battleground of Wisconsin– including an “on the road” assignment for the final week of President Obama’s campaign for re-election and his election night speech at McCormick Place in Chicago. He also hosted a political segment called “The Political Lowedown.”

Prior to his assignment in Milwaukee, Mike was a bureau chief for WFMZ-TV (IND) in Allentown, Pa., where he covered eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, including then NJ attorney general Chris Christie.

Before joining WFMZ, Mike lived in Berlin, Germany, and worked for Deutsche Welle TV and Radio, reporting on Europe’s response to United States foreign policy and the European view of the presidential election, among other topics.

Before that, he worked as a general assignment reporter for WLNS-TV (CBS) in Lansing, Michigan, covering local politics and the auto industry, especially labor and management issues.

While Mike’s career has focused mainly on public affairs journalism, including stints at WTTW-TV (PBS) in Chicago and as public affairs director and host of the live call-in radio program “Feedback” on WNUR-FM in Chicago, his background also includes some sports reporting experience. He has served as a sports reporter and fill-in weekend anchor at KTKA-TV (ABC) in Topeka, Kansas; on the production side for ESPN, FOX Sports, and as sports director of WNUR-FM, where he did play-by-play announcing for the Northwestern University Wildcats football and basketball teams.

Mike is a 16-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 52-time Emmy nominee, a two time regional Edward R. Murrow award winner (for Breaking news and Hard News reporting), a National Mark of Excellence (SPJ) award winner and a national Walter Cronkite Award for Political Journalism winner.

Mike graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He was a running back on the varsity football team. He then graduated from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, he was a double-major in political science and journalism. He also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where he won the Harrington Award, the school’s top student honor.


Recent Articles
  • 16 additional counts filed against ex-Chicago cop in murder of Laquan McDonald

    CHICAGO — New charges were filed today against former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the death of Laquan McDonald. Sixteen additional counts have been added in a new indictment against Van Dyke.The 16 counts are aggravated battery with a firearm. Van Dyke is charged with murdering 17-year old Laquan McDonald in October of 2014. Video shows Van Dyke pulling the trigger within moments of getting out of his police SUV. That didn’t match the reports from officers on the scene, who […]

  • Man shot outside Cook County Courthouse

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot six times as he walked up the steps of the county courthouse on the city’s West Side. Police say the shooting happened at about 9:30 a.m. Monday outside the Cook County Courthouse when someone pulled up in a white van and opened fire. Two off-duty officers who witnessed the shooting chased the alleged gunman and arrested him. Police say a gun was recovered.  

  • Chicago army veteran who suffered brain injury after two tours in Afghanistan to be deported

    CHICAGO, Ill. — An immigration judge has ordered an Army veteran from Chicago, who served two tours of duty, to be deported. On Sunday, his family and his attorney pleaded with the public and elected officials to intervene. “Miguel is basically an American in every sense of the word,” said lawyer Chris Bergin. Bergin says he’ll continue to fight to keep Miguel Perez Jr. on U.S. soil. Perez moved to Chicago when he was 8-years-old and was a permanent legal […]

  • ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspects sought after Hinsdale jewelry store robbery

    HINSDALE, Ill. — Three masked men armed with handguns broke into a jewelry store in broad daylight in the western suburbs — and the heist was caught on camera. The robbery happened just after 10 a.m. Friday at Razny Jewelers, 37 S Washington St., in Hinsdale. Surveillance video captures the store’s security guard turning his back for a moment, and three armed men then running inside the store. A woman behind the counter was thrown to the floor, and the […]

  • Top cop Eddie Johnson meets with AG Sessions about gun violence in Chicago

    WASHINGTON –Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other police chiefs as part of an effort to secure more federal help to combat violent crime. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in an email, Thursday’s meeting in Washington is expected to focus on how the federal government can help target violence in urban areas. Guglielmi says Johnson will ask for more federal prosecutors to focus on illegal gun cases involving felons, more federal agents […]

  • Gov Rauner talks budget impasse, protesters and more

    Governor Bruce Rauner spent the day in Chicago tackling issues on several fronts, from the budget impasse  to criminal justice reform  to protesters and even a political squabble. WGN’s Mike Lowe had a chance to speak exclusively with the governor in a one-on-one interview today.  

  • Chicago’s top cop asks Springfield for tougher gun laws: ‘We have to do something about it.’

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill — A proposal to toughen the state’s gun laws on repeat offenders is one step closer to becoming law. Today it got a big push forward from Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson was in Springfield Thursday and made an urgent plea for help from state lawmakers. He’s been arguing for tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders from Chicago’s crime scenes for months. He’s pushing a bill that would stiffen penalties for the repeat offenders, and insists it’s […]

  • Quick thinking customers, officers save heart attack victim at suburban restaurant

    SKOKIE, Ill. –  Quick thinking customers and police officers are being credited with helping to save a man’s life as he dined in a suburban restaurant last month. Michael and Vivian Aronson were at Shallot’s in Skokie last month. “The food was just about to be delivered, and I was about to say something and everything went black,” Michael said. 71-year-old Michael passed out.  The couple happened to be out with their friend Karen Vogel who is a medical doctor. […]

  • Owner of building says he was unaware children were living there in deplorable conditions

    CHICAGO – The owner of the Englewood building where nine children were found living in squalor says no one should have been staying there. David Coleman says he was renovating the building.  He says he called police about squatters, but was shocked to learn that children were living inside. “I had called the police several times about peoples in my house,” Coleman said.  “They told me the only thing I could do is go to the sheriff to evict them.” A […]

  • Police issue warning for Northwest Side businesses after string of armed robberies

    CHICAGO — Police issued a warning on the Northwest Side after two armed robbers held up four businesses over the span of two hours early Saturday morning. CPD detectives believe the same two men are responsible for hold ups at four different 24-hour businesses. They’re reviewing surveillance footage to see if they can identify the suspects. The first happened just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning at a 7-11 in Schorsch Village. Police say the suspects showed a handgun, grabbed cash and sped away in a […]