• Follow me on:

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
  • Dog returned to owner after shelter employee fabricated dognapping story, police say

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – A bulldog was found safe after police said an animal shelter volunteer made up a story about the dog being stolen at gunpoint. Police in south suburban Chicago Heights thought they were investigating the case of a dog stolen from a humane society worker at gun point, but the story took a dramatic twist. South Suburban Humane Society employee Sarah Spokes had just adopted Polly the bulldog on Wednesday. She said she was really looking forward […]

  • Police searching for suspects in Bucktown armed robberies

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for the armed robbery suspects targeting women in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. The Chicago Police Department issued a community alert in the neighborhood after three similar armed robberies happened Friday during a two-hour stretch in the middle of the day. Chicago police released video of one of the suspects robbing a woman on North Honore Street around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. In the video, a man is seen walking toward a woman, grabbing […]

  • ‘March for Life’ draws thousands in protest of abortion, counter-protests

    CHICAGO — On a cold day in Federal Plaza, it was the hot button issue of abortion that brought thousands out to demonstrate during the annual “March for Life” Sunday. Jackie Seidl was holding six-month-old Maura as closely as she holds her pro-life views. “We believe that every life is precious, unborn, born every life is important,” Seidl said. Anchored on either side of Dearborn St., each side of the decades-old abortion debate hunkered down, and spoke up. They gathered with the […]

  • Civil Rights leaders call for Trump apology

    The fallout continues over President Trump`s reported controversial remarks deriding certain nations with vulgar language. Saturday prominent Civil Rights leaders in Chicago called on Congress to censure the president  and for Trump himself to apologize. Republican leaders in Congress have shown no signs of condemning the president, much less formally censuring him.  But in Chicago the criticism of the president’s reported remarks  was harsh, partially because of the city’s history and its founder, Haitian immigrant Jean Baptiste Dusable. This week, […]

  • Judge rules suburban 5th grader can use medical marijuana at school

    A federal judge says it’s ok for an 11-year-old girl who suffered from leukemia to use medicinal marijuana at her suburban elementary school. The ruling comes after the girl’s parents sued Schaumburg School District 54  for the right to take medical marijuana at school. The girl’s parents said the state’s ban on taking the drug at school was unconstitutional violation of both “due process” and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Today a judge agreed. 11-year-old Ashley Surin was diagnosed with […]

  • Chicago debates giving cops ‘textalyzers’ to test drivers’ smartphones

    CHICAGO — Could Chicago cops soon have the technology to tell if distracted drivers were texting or using their smartphone before getting in an accident? A new piece of technology called a “textalyzer” debated at Chicago City Hall Thursday would make it possible for officers to scan drivers’ phones after pulling them over. State legislatures in New York and Tennessee are also considering the technology, but so far Chicago is believed to be the first city to discuss it. The […]

  • Bears name Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy new head coach

    LAKE FOREST – The search for a replacement for John Fox took just a week for Ryan Pace, as the Bears officially announced Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. Nagy has been the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs the last two seasons. Before that, he served as quarterbacks coach in Kansas City from 2013-2015. In 2017, Nagy had tremendous success with the Chiefs, as they were fifth in the NFL in total yardage […]

  • Over 50 new officers hit the streets as Chicago grows its police force

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that more than 50 new police officers will soon hit the streets across Chicago, providing a boost to their beats as the city continues its battle against violent crime. According to Emanuel, Chicago saw a decline of more than 100 homicides last year, the most drastic one-year reduction in more than a decade. As one more step in the city’s anti-crime efforts, Emanuel said more than 50 new officers will be deployed in […]

  • Military mom surprises daughter with early return home

    ROSELLE, Ill. — A mother and daughter — both avid dancers — were reunited in the studio Saturday in a move one might call the soldier surprise. Nahomi Castillo, 13, knows how to keep her emotions in check both in and out of the studio. Castillo’s mother, Army Staff Sgt. Carrie Castillo, has been overseas serving in an Army Special Operations unit in Kuwait for the last six months. But today, the discipline of the dance studio gave way to […]

  • Suburban family returns from warm vacation to find home flooded, frozen

    LAKE IN THE HILLS — The bitterly cold weather that has gripped the area can be hard on the water pipes in homes. One northwest suburban family is dealing with a big mess – upon returning from vacation. They call this a cold snap – and when it comes to the pipes in the Carranzas Lake in the Hills home that’s a pretty good description. Vanessa and Max Carranza and their two daughters had been enjoying a winter get-away to […]