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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 21-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 59-time Emmy nominee, a three-time regional Edward R. Murrow award winner (once for Breaking news and twice for 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
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    CHICAGO — The Illinois Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Suburban Express and its owner Dennis Toeppen. Lisa Madigan accuses the private bus service of illegal discrimination and harassment against his customers. “The defendant has subjected students and their families to advertisements that discriminate against people on the basis of their race, national origin, and religion,” Madigan said. The lawsuit comes more than four months after the company sent an email advertisement that said: “Passengers like you. You won’t feel […]

  • White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering aneurysm during game

    CHICAGO — White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar remains in critical but stable condition at Rush University Medical Center after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm during Friday night`s game. The 31-year-old passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning and was taken to the hospital, where testing showed a ruptured aneurysm was causing a brain bleed. The team says he is continuing to receive treatment and close monitoring by Dr. Demetrius Lopez and the neurosurgical team. Gregory Infante was […]

  • Police seek green Honda in North Side carjacking spree that left 1 injured

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for information on a green Honda with Wisconsin plates following a carjacking spree that left a pedestrian injured. The pedestrian, a man, was hit near Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Chicago Police Department. The man was taken to a local hospital, where his or her condition had stabilized. CPD is asking anyone with information on a green 2000 Honda Accord w/ front damage Wisconsin plate, 218SPG, to call […]

  • Hearing held on use of Chicago gang database

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say its gang database has been an effective tool to stop violence.  A hearing was held Friday calling for more transparency in its use. After testimony from activists and academics, law enforcement and legal experts, the senators say they have serious concern about the way data is being used in the fight against violent crime. Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is concerned that the Chicago Police Department’s so-called “strategic subject list” and gang database both […]

  • Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants

    CHICAGO — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court judge who had imposed a temporary injunction last year. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday says the administration exceeded its authority in establishing a new condition for cities to qualify for the grants. The administration in July […]

  • Dorothy Brown enters already crowded field in race for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — There was a surprise development in the race for Chicago mayor Thursday as another well-known name adds her name to the list of candidates. The long-time Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown becomes the first female candidate in the race and also the only one under federal investigation. Brown has denied any wrong doing but the allegations of corruption means she enters the crowd under a cloud. Brown is slated to formally announce her candidacy on Sunday. […]

  • Man says delivery driver beat him in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO — A Lincoln Park man said he was beaten this week after refusing to let a delivery driver enter his condominium building. The man, who asked not to be named, said he was leaving his building about 2 p.m. Tuesday when he encountered a delivery driver at the front door. Since the victim didn’t know the driver, he didn’t let the man into the building — per his condo association’s rules. “If it’s not your neighbor who you’re not […]

  • SCOTUS reviewing Blagojevich’s appeal today

    CHICAGO — A decision Friday could help former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich get out of prison. The U.S. Supreme Court is meeting to decide if it’s going to take up the case of the former governor. He’s currently serving a 14-year sentence in a prison in Colorado after he was convicted of corruption in 2011. The ex- governor’s “hail Mary” appeal comes after several failed bids to get his convictions overturned or his sentence reduced. In their court filing last […]

  • Did you feel that? Temps begin to drop after warm day in Chicago

    A “Pneumonia Front” is on the move in the Chicago area. Temperatures at Northerly Island dropped from 71° to 50° within about 10 minutes around 3 p.m. Northerly Island in #Chicago rapidly dropped from 71° to 50° within about 10 minutes as of 2:53pm. #PneumoniaFront and associated temperature drop will push steadily inland across Chicago metro over next few hours. #ilwx #inwx — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) April 12, 2018 And temperatures will continue to tumble. 2:20PM: Sadly, a lake-enhanced cold […]

  • Cubs postpone home opener at Wrigley to Tuesday due to snow

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are among the last major league teams to hold their home opener, and fans will have to keep waiting after snow led officials to push Opening Day back one day. The Cubs’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was scheduled to begin Monday at 1:20 p.m., and was pushed back before it was ultimately canceled around 11 a.m. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. Cubs players played with snowballs in Wrigley Field as a […]