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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
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    CHICAGO  — Chicago is grappling with an epidemic of violence. The police are fighting back with data.  It’s an innovative crime fighting strategy known as the “Strategic Subject List.” CPD data analysts use a complicated algorithm to predict those most likely to be involved in violent crime. “If you continue your criminal activity and continue to be involved in crime, it’s obvious that it’s going to increase the likelihood that you, yourself either might be an offender or victim in […]

  • Homicide investigation underway after man found dead at Old Orchard mall

    SKOKIE, Ill. — A murder at an upscale suburban mall has police searching for a killer. A man was found dead in a parking garage at Old Orchard mall in Skokie Saturday. WGN is learning new details about the victim. The body of 34-year-old Eric Cybak was found by an employee in a stairwell on the fifth floor of a parking garage Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. Witnesses said he was unresponsive and bleeding from the head. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Cybak’s death […]

  • Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

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  • Officials call for investigation of response to teen’s disappearance in Des Plaines River

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  • Wife of Amtrak conductor shot by 79-year-old in Naperville speaks out

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  • Cab driver saves child after carjacking

    CHICAGO, Ill —   A Chicago taxi driver chased down a carjacked vehicle with a sleeping baby inside Wednesday night in the Old Town neighborhood. Police are still looking for the suspect Thursday but the baby is safe and sound. It was a frightening few minutes for the child’s parents who were loading a stroller into the back of their car, when someone stole it, pulled away with the trunk still open and the baby inside. Police say it happened just before 9:30 […]

  • City officials call for suspension of Dolton club’s liquor license after 5 shot

    DOLTON, Ill. — Village trustee Duane Muhammad is furious not only because an early morning nightclub shooting left five people wounded, but also because elected officials have no clear answers on the club’s legal status. At a press conference on Sunday, Muhammad called for the club to be shut down and an investigation take place so people know where the club stands legally as far as a license is concerned. Muhammad said that in Illinois statute, the liquor commissioner in most […]

  • Woman, 17, killed after being repeatedly rammed into tree

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  • Why Ronnnie Woo Woo was kicked out of Wrigley Field

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    CHICAGO — A judge says a Chicago police officer charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald can’t skip any court hearings. Jason Van Dyke’s lawyer has been arguing that Van Dyke shouldn’t be forced to attend hearings because he’s been verbally abused and physically jostled by protesters when he comes to court. Van Dyke’s father said the same thing at a Thursday hearing. However, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled Van Dyke must keep attending the hearing. […]