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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
  • 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 […]

  • Cook County residents rush to prepay property taxes

    CHICAGO — Sunday was the final day to prepay property taxes before a deduction goes away under the new tax reform law signed by President Trump. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas personally greeted people at the treasurer’s office on New Year’s Eve. She opened the office for special hours, throwing a sort of taxpaying party. The sweets were there to help on a day many taxpayers were feeling sour about the nation’s new tax reform law signed by Trump this month. […]

  • Chicagoans brave bitter cold

    CHICAGO — The city spent another day in the deep freeze. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect for most of the morning and into the afternoon as some wind chill readings dipped to 25 degrees below zero. The single-digit temperature? A lucky 7 degrees, unless of course you were unlucky enough to be without a hat. WGN’s Mike Lowe caught up with some people attempting to brave the bitter cold.      

  • Accomplished Lenti out as Mount Carmel head coach after 34 years

    CHICAGO — Frank Lenti is as close to a household name as you’ll find in Illinois high school sports. He’s the most accomplished coach in the history of Illinois prep football, both in terms of championship titles and in games won. But after 34 years leading the state’s premier football program, he’s looking for a new job. Lenti won 11 state championships and took 16 teams to the state title game. Along the way, he amassed 374 victories, the most […]

  • Powerball + Mega Millions = $690 million

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  • Chicago’s top cop says department making significant progress but ‘It’s not success’

    Chicago will finish 2017 with improved crime numbers.  Both shootings and murders are down significantly from one year ago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the police department has made significant progress. Chicago has seen a 15 percent reduction in murders and a 21 percent reduction in shootings from last year. The progress is being driven by steep declines in two of the city’s most violent police districts, Harrison and Englewood. “I’ve been a cop 29 years and always worked in […]

  • Families displaced after fire on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — A Christmas morning fire displaced a dozen people on the South Side. The cold weather was an obstacle for Chicago firefighters who had to search for hydrants that weren’t frozen. It was somewhere between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. when resident Dartario Smith awoke to a blaring smoke alarm in his building near 104th Place and State St. “Smoke alarms went off.  I jumped up, looked around my house. I didn’t see nothing of a blaze inside there whatsoever, […]

  • Cab driver found dead in car in Blue Island

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — Police in south suburban Blue Island are investigating the death of a cab driver whose body was found slumped in his car Sunday morning. Police say they suspect foul play. Authorities say the cab driver had been robbed earlier in Chicago. Chicago police officers were following up on the robbery and asked Blue Island police to check on the cab driver. That’s when they discovered the man’s body in a neighborhood near the corner of Davis […]

  • Shoppers head out on ‘Super Saturday’ for last minute Christmas gifts

    CHICAGO — Saturday is the last full day of shopping to buy presents before Christmas Eve. Retailers are calling it “Super Saturday” and the National Retail Federation says at least 125 million people will be out shopping. Many stores opened early and will be open late, hoping to draw in all those last minute shoppers still looking for deals. From the Magnificent Mile to the many malls in the Chicago area, shoppers are looking for last minute gifts for their […]