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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
  • Violent crimes on Red Line lead to increased patrols

    CHICAGO — After a string of violent incidents on the CTA Red Line, community activists on the South Side are calling for a comprehensive security plan for public transportation in the city. At the Garfield stop Monday, a man was shot and killed after an argument on the platform. As a result, the Chicago Police Chief of Patrol ordered increased patrols to CTA stations. But last night a man was stabbed in the forehead during an argument with another man […]

  • Man shot to death on CTA Red Line platform

    CHICAGO —  A man was shot to death on the CTA’s Garfield Red Line platform overnight, when he got into an argument with another man. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Monday. After investigations, police gathered that the two men were engaged in a verbal altercation and were asked to leave by CTA personnel. They complied, but the altercation continued outside the doors of the station vestibule. According to surveillance footage reviewed by the police, the offender than produced a handgun and […]

  • Evanston man arrested for dealing heroin

    CHICAGO — A nearly two-year investigation into an alleged heroin dealer on the North Shore has resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old Evanston man – and there could be more arrests coming. Robert Crayton was arrested Friday morning just a block away from an elementary school, and is now facing multiple felony charges for allegedly dealing heroin. The deadly drug remains at the center of a nation-wide epidemic responsible for more deaths each year than gun homicides. The Evanston man […]

  • Apparent explosion sparks South Side house fire, injuring three

    CHICAGO – An apparent explosion sparked a fire that injured three men and displaced more than a dozen people on the South Side Saturday morning. It took firefighters several hours to battle the two-alarm fire in the 9600 block of S. Ewing Ave. in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood. At one point more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. Firefighters say the fire may have started with an explosion in the basement just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Neighbor Marie Tellez said a blast […]

  • Children hospitalized after Dan Ryan crash

    CHICAGO – Several people were injured in an early morning crash on the Dan Ryan. It happened in the southbound lanes near 75th street around 12:40 a.m. Saturday. At least three children were hospitalized with minor injuries. The Chicago Fire Department says the children were not wearing seat belts. The crash involved two vehicles. An adult was ejected from one of the vehicles and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition. It’s not clear what caused the crash. The […]

  • Loaded guns, other weapons found near children at home daycare

    MERRIVILLE, Ind. — A home daycare workers in Indiana has been charged after police find loaded weapons, knives and alcohol within reach of children. They also found an injured child next to the cache of weapons. So far, three women who were caring for children here have been charged with felonies. The Tender Loving Spirits daycare is owned by Tawana Cole operated out of a home near Garfield St and 53rd Ave in Merillville, Ind. Authorities say they found: Bottles […]

  • United passenger will file lawsuit, lawyer says; Alderman criticize airline

    The passenger forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight this week has a concussion and broken nose, his attorney told reporters Thursday, adding that the 69-year-old physician will file a lawsuit. Already, attorneys have filed a chancery motion asking that all evidence in the case be preserved. David Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, would not provide a timeline for filing the lawsuit other than to say he had two years to do so, and “I promise you it won’t be that […]

  • Northwestern rower dies after falling into water during practice

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — A member of the Northwestern University rowing team drowned after falling overboard during practice Monday morning. According to the university, 19-year-old Mohammed Ramzan was taking part in an early-morning practice with the NU crew team on the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood, a drainage canal runs from Wilmette into Chicago. When Ramzan fell out of the boat, a teammate and a coach, who was following closely in a motorboat, went in the water to try to rescue him. […]

  • Suspect hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after police chase; 2nd suspect in custody

    AURORA. Ill.  – Suburban authorities are investigating after a high-speed police pursuit ended with the suspects in a serious accident. According to the Kane County Sheriff, a deputy saw a black Ford Fusion speeding down Lafayette St.  around 3:30 p.m. When the deputy followed with flashing lights, the Ford only went faster and attempted to outrun the deputy near the border of Montgomery and Aurora. The suspects made a sharp turned onto Route 25 and slammed into a traffic light […]

  • Ike reopens at Kedzie after shooting investigation

    CHICAGO — All lanes on the Eisenhower Expressway have reopened at Kedzie after an earlier shooting incident. IKE REOPENS AFTER SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are investigating a… https://t.co/gHO9B7hCNT — Mike Lowe (@MikeLoweReports) March 27, 2017 Illinois State Police shut down all inbound lanes on I-290 from Independence to California to investigate a shooting that occurred near Kedzie around 1:30 p.m., police confirm. According to the ISP, a witness observed two vehicles traveling eastbound shooting at […]