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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
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    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are getting ready to host the first home game of the season and there’s still a lot of work being done at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have added some big name free agents to make improvements on the field, but they’ve also been making improvements to the field. The Cubs say they’ll be ready for the home opener on Monday and when it’s finally unveiled, fans will see some major improvements. To combat congestion in the […]

  • White Sox fans cheer on team during home opener

    Even though winter weather was in the forecast – one of the sure signs of spring being here is the home opener for the Chicago White Sox. Sox fans braved the cool temperatures for a party on 35th street. The Sox took on the Detroit Tigers. The game started at 3 p.m., but the opening day festivities started much earlier. It was a party in the parking lot on the South Side as  fans celebrated the home opener and the return […]

  • Mother of teen fatally shot by police outraged over top cop’s decision, wants officer fired

    CHICAGO — The mother of a teenager killed by a Chicago police officer is speaking out for the first time since learning that CPD superintendent will not fire the officer responsible. The controversial case claimed two lives; Quintonio Legrier and his neighbor Bettie Jones, a grandmother who opened her door to police. It was the day after Christmas 2015.  LeGrier was an NIU engineering student staying at his dad’s West Side home during winter break. He called 911 three times […]

  • Man killed after fire breaks out in Oak Park condominium

    OAK PARK — An Oak Park man was killed in a fire at his condo Sunday morning, while the families in all 10 of the building’s other units were displaced this Easter Sunday. The Oak Park Fire Department responded to reports of a fire or explosion on Wisconsin Ave. just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, officials say. When they arrived, a fire was spreading through the condo building. Paramedics attempted to revive a victim discovered in one of the second floor […]

  • Man exposed himself to child in Target restroom, police say

    CHICAGO — Police issued a community alert Saturday after a man exposed himself to a young child in a Target restroom. The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. March 25 at the South Loop Target at 1154 S. Clark St., the Chicago Police Department said in a news release. A woman was with her young child in the women’s restroom when a man walked in, claiming he needed to use the facilities. Police said the man then pushed into the […]

  • South Side school roots for hometown Wolverine in Final Four

    CHICAGO — As the Loyola Ramblers head to San Antonio for Saturday’s Final Four game, there’s one pocket of Chicago rooting for Michigan. WGN’s Mike Lowe was on the South Side Friday, where St. Rita of Cascia High School is cheering on one of its own: Charles Matthews, an alum who plays for the Michigan Wolverines. “I’m unapologetically biased,” St. Rita athletic director Roshawn Russell said.  “I’m rooting for Michigan and Charles Matthews.” Of Matthews, Russell said: “He’s just a nice, […]

  • Former Chicago cop charged with sexually abusing woman while on-duty

    CHICAGO — A former Chicago police officer has been charged with sexually abusing a woman while on duty in 2016. Michael Clifton, 59, faces one felony count of criminal sexual abuse and one felony count of official misconduct. Police said Clifton sexually abused a 35-year-old woman on Sept. 20, 2016 inside the 005th District Police Station, 727 East 111th Street. He retired from the department in January 2017. A woman in her 30s went to the 5th District Police station on […]

  • How Loyola’s 1963 championship team busted racial divisions in college sports

    CHICAGO — Loyola’s miraculous march to the Final Four is shedding new light on the school’s last team to win it all, but it’s what they overcame off the court that makes them one of the most significant teams in American history. Loyola’s 1963 team was the first to break racial barriers in college basketball. Team captain Jerry Harkness remembers how black students were banned from college sports in the south during the civil rights struggles of the early 1960s. […]

  • Local legal action taken against Facebook over privacy practices

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  • Loyola campus electrified as underdog Ramblers head to Final Four

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