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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 14-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 47-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.

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    Surveillance video captures apparent shootout involving off-duty officer

    CHICAGO — Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer firing at a car in Albany Park Sunday night, in an incident that apparently began when people inside the car exchanged words with the off-duty cop and his friends as they walked down the street. One person was wounded, and now the shooting is under investigation. Mechanic Nasser Roumie normally has his head under the hood at Northside Automotive, but Monday he spent a lot of time looking at the auto shop’s surveillance camera, which […]

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    Aldermen call for federal investigation of City’s Law Department

    CHICAGO — In a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, the 11 members of Chicago City Council’s progressive caucus accuse the City’s Law Department of withholding evidence in police misconduct lawsuits and contributing to a culture of cover-ups. The aldermen are now calling for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct an investigation of the department, less than a week after a Department of Justice report found serious problems with the police department.  Ald. John Arena (45th Ward) is one of the 11 aldermen demanding […]

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    Drive-by shooting in CVS parking lot critically injures woman

    NORTH AURORA, Ill. — A man suspected of committing a drive-by shooting in a CVS parking lot and critically injuring a woman Saturday is still at large, police said Sunday. According to police, a man driving by in a burgundy Chrysler opened fire on a parked car full of people around 8:45 p.m. Saturday before speeding away. A 21-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound and an 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries from broken glass. The driver then led police on a chase that ended near the corner […]

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    Parents, students call for firing of CPS coach accused of groping student

    CHICAGO — Parents and students shared stories of a man they say had a history of inappropriate acts towards female students during a community meeting Saturday, after the CPS coach was arrested and charged this week for allegedly groping a student. 37-year-old volleyball coach Casino Cruz is accused of groping a student while working at the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. He was subsequently arrested, charged with misdemeanor battery, and later suspended. As concerned parents met to discuss the serious allegations and swap stories Saturday, they suggested […]

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    Chicago Police Board President calls DOJ report an ‘important milestone’

    CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot, the former federal prosecutor who now heads the Chicago Police Board and also led the Police Accountability Task Force says today is “an important milestone” that will put the city on “the path of healing the divide between the community and the police”. Lightfoot shared her thoughts shortly after U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Justice Department investigation found the Chicago Police Department engaged in a pattern and practice of abuse, excessive force and discrimination. […]

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    Commuters stranded for hours on South Shore train due to icy weather

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Extreme weather conditions temporarily suspended South Shore Line service Thursday stranded passengers for several hours. South Shore officials say the trains were experiencing problems with the overhead wires.  Passengers say the wires were encased in ice. Authorities even tried pushing the train with a locomotive engine, but that also failed.   Jason Kerner was on South Shore westbound train No. 6 when the train got stuck near the Indiana-Illinois state line. He tells WGN the train stopped […]

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    Northwestern basketball player found dead in residential hall

    EVANSTON, Ill.  – A player on the Northwestern Women’s Basketball team was found dead Monday. Jordan Hankins, a sophomore and a guard on the team, died Monday in a residential hall, according to the university.  She was found in her room. “There is no indication of foul play or any danger or threat to other members of the Northwestern community,” a statement from the university said. No other details have been released. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joe McKeown said in […]

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    Funeral held for man shot and killed by off-duty officer

    CHICAGO — The man killed in a confrontation with an off-duty Chicago police officer is being remembered by friends and family today at his wake. 38-year-old Jose Nieves was shot and killed in the Hermosa neighborhood on the city’s northwest side last week. According to an account from Chicago police, the shooting happened after a verbal argument on the morning of Monday January 2nd in front of Nieves’s home. Somehow that altercation escalated and the officer shot Nieves multiple times. […]

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    Last-minute trip lands Chicago woman in Florida airport during mass shooting

    CHICAGO — Lisette Guillen was on a spur-of-the-moment trip to visit her sister when a gunman began his attack in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale airport. Nearly 1300 miles from home, she found herself trapped in the center of a mass shooting, and captured scenes around the airport on video as they unfolded. WGN’s Mike Lowe has the story.  

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    West Side woman loses everything in fire – except her gratitude

    CHICAGO — Three people were injured in an extra alarm fire Sunday morning on Chicago’s West Side, leaving a long-time resident is looking for a place to live as authorities investigate the cause. Two people suffered smoke inhalation, and another was treated for exposure to the extreme cold Sunday morning. Patrice Ammons said she did lose a lot in the fire that destroyed her West Side home of 20 years – but not everything. For one, she had gratitude for the firefighters who […]