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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 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
  • Students faint from heat exhaustion during homecoming at suburban school

    BERWYN, Ill. — More than a dozen ambulances had to be called to homecoming festivities at a Berwyn high school Friday after students started fainting from heat exhaustion. Morton West High School’s homecoming parade stepped off at 1 p.m. Friday, as temperatures soared above 90 degrees in the Chicago area. After the mile-long parade, students headed to the outdoor football stadium for the annual homecoming pep rally. Around 3 p.m., one student suffered from “heat related injuries,” according to the Berwyn […]

  • Deadline arrives for dozens of homeless to move ‘Tent City’

    CHICAGO — The city set a 7 a.m. deadline before it forced dozens of homeless people to leave their encampments under the Lake Shore Drive underpasses. As the deadline came this morning, Pastor Fred Kinsey from Unity Lutheran Church had a message for the two dozen homeless residents of Tent City. “We know the struggle is going to continue, whatever happens today and in the weeks to come,” he said. Soon, streets and sanitation workers collected tents and whatever was left […]

  • ‘Tent City’ residents move ahead of deadline – but only a block away

    CHICAGO — Dozens of homeless people are preparing to be displaced as the city of Chicago moves forward with a plan to clear the people – and their belongings  – out from under Lake Shore Drive overpasses. The city of Chicago as forcing them to leave the area, as it begins a repair project on the crumbling overpass.   The city says the people could go move from Uptown’s Wilson Ave viaduct to the Pacific Gardens Mission shelter on the near […]

  • Kenneka Jenkins’ loved ones demanding FBI involvement in death investigation

    CHICAGO — Friends and loved ones of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, whose body was found in a Rosemont hotel freezer, are asking the FBI to get involved into the investigation of her death. Jenkins’ friends and family marched from the high school she attended on the West Side to the FBI Chicago headquarters. Those activists came to the headquarters to demand the FBI’s involvement in the investigation and are threatening an economic boycott of Rosemont if they don’t get more information […]

  • Northwestern professor, Oxford employee indicted in stabbing

    CHICAGO  — A grand jury has indicted an ex-Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee on first-degree murder charges in the July stabbing death of a hairstylist in the professor’s Chicago apartment. The Cook County grand jury indictment was announced at a hearing for Wyndham Lathem and Oxford financial official Andrew Warren on Friday afternoon. The indictment has been expected since the two men were arrested in California last month. Lathem’s attorney, Adam Sheppard, said after the hearing that […]

  • Former Lincoln-Way superintendent indicted on wire fraud, embezzlement charges

    NEW LENOX, Ill. — Lawrence Wyllie served as the Lincoln-Way High School district superintendent for almost 25 years, overseeing the district’s expansion from a single school to four campuses. Now he has been indicted on wire fraud and embezzlement charges stemming from his time as the head of the district. Prosecutors say the 79-year-old took district money for himself. “The money obviously should have went toward education,” said Cami Moss, a recent Lincoln-Way Central H.S. graduate. Last year, WGN Investigates searched for […]

  • Chicago man fills up trucks with donations for Florida victims

    CHICAGO — As Florida begins to deal with the impact of this major hurricane, people in the Chicago area are already thinking of ways to help out. One man on the Northwest Side is on a mission to collect supplies for hurricane survivors and deliver them to Florida himself. Mauricio Romy was collecting food and water for hurricane victims all day Saturday and said he’ll be at St. Hillary’s Catholic Church until his truck is full. It was a busy […]

  • Former priest Daniel McCormack still a ‘sexually violent person,’ judge rules

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge ruled Friday that former priest Daniel McCormack is still a “sexually violent person.” That means McCormack can be held indefinitely in a state mental institution, even though he’s already served his criminal sentence. Glenn Guth, an attorney who represented 10 of McCormack’s victims, all of whom reached settlements with the Chicago Archdiocese, was in court to witness the outcome. “I wanted some closure for myself, I wanted to see that Daniel McCormack got justice,” […]

  • Day 2 of hearings on ex-priest who molested boys wraps up

    CHICAGO — The trial of disgraced Catholic priest Daniel McCormck has wrapped up a second day of testimony. A judge will decide if the notorious ex-priest is a  “sexually dangerous person” who can be held indefinitely – despite having served his time for a criminal conviction. In a day of mostly procedural testimony, an expert witness told a judge that he did not see McCormack as a threat to offend again. It was a direct contradiction to what an expert […]

  • ‘Dreamers’ urge President Trump not to end program for young immigrants

    CHICAGO  — President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, according to multiple reports. The Obama-era program shields young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. Dreamers and immigration activists held a rally at the Federal building in Chicago Monday, with plans for additional protests Monday night. Demonstrators hope their voices will persuade the president to preserve the program, […]