Muriel Clair

Award-winning journalist Muriel Clair first joined WGN News in 1978. After 34 years at WGN, Muriel made the decision to move to part-time status in December of 2011. She now reports WGN-TV’s “Teacher of the Month,” in which WGN-TV recognizes outstanding local teachers for their achievements in the classroom.

Before working in news, Muriel taught English in Detroit and Kansas City public schools. She then began working in broadcasting at the NBC Kansas City affiliate WDAF-TV in the early 1970′s. While there, she won praise that earned her a spot at WMAQ-TV in Chicago to cover the education beat from the vantage point of an ex-teacher and an experienced journalist.

Muriel has received numerous awards for excellence in journalism. In May 2007, she was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Chicago Silver Circle, which honors individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry. In 2003, Muriel won the Broadcasters Award for African-American TV and Filmmakers. In 2002, The Northwestern University School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions awarded Muriel for her “Journalistic Integrity and Work to Improve the Criminal Justice System.” Muriel was also awarded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Woman of the Year for “Outstanding Service” in the field of communication in 2000.

Muriel has served as a board member of the Marcy Newberry Association, a social service agency. She has actively worked with Child Services, a community-based organization that helps children reclaim and control their lives. She has also served on the board of the Free Street Theater and has been a mentor in the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism program. Muriel is a member of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. In addition to being recognized for Best Spot News reporting in 1999, Muriel had the distinction of being named as one of Today’s Chicago Woman’s “100 Women Who Make A Difference.” Muriel was chosen as the Chicago Park District’s 1994 Chicagoan of the Year for promoting Chicago’s youth through her “For Kids’ Sake” series. In 1993, Muriel won the Associated Press First Place Award for her work on the series, “My Brother’s Keeper.”

The Chicago Archdiocese has honored Muriel twice with the Cardinal’s Communicator Award. She was first honored in 1991 for her work on the series, “Families in Touch – Growing up Drug Free.” Muriel received her second recognition from the Archdiocese in 1993 again for her “For Kids’ Sake” reports.

She received the Silver Dome Award from the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association in 1991 for her series, “For Kids’ Sake.” Additionally, The Illinois Psychological Association awarded her its 1990 media award for her reports on mental health and for her commitment to children through the series, “For Kids’ Sake.”

Recent Articles
  • March Teacher of the Month: Kathie Howe

    March Teacher of the Month: Kathie Howe

    This month’s honoree rewards her students for their good behavior in the classroom, but it’s the community that benefits. Teacher of the Month Kathie Howe is a language arts teacher at Lukancic Middle School in Romeoville.

  • February Teacher of the Month: Eric Hendricks

    February Teacher of the Month: Eric Hendricks

    Our February honoree is a teacher at Providence St. Mel high school in Chicago. He’s a mathematics instructor, but it’s not all formulas and calculations in his classroom. And some of his best lessons aren’t found in a text book. Eric Hendricks, Teacher of the Month: “It’s just a deep passion rooted in past experiences, rooted in the conditions and the plight of our community. A lot of feelings that you have as an adult, as a man, that you desire […]

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    January Teacher of the Month: Nicholas LoGalbo

    WGN’s January Teacher of the Month, Nicholas LoGalbo, teaches English lit classes at Chicago’s Lane Tech. However, on any given day, a chunk of the lesson plan may center on good citizenship. “I think we are in the business of people, and my philosophy is that we want our students leaving better people than when they came and I think that’s by modeling good behavior … giving them ideas, getting them to think about the big picture, what they want to […]

  • December Teacher of the Month: Mike Stracco

    December Teacher of the Month: Mike Stracco

    Mike Stracco is an English Teacher who has been in the classroom  for 38 years, 34 of them at Benet Academy in west suburban Lisle. His student fan base is huge. Victoria Wojciechowski , a senior at Benet, entered Mr. Stracco’s name for teacher of the month consideration and with it a  laundry list of why he deserves the recognition. She says he is  encouraging and    understanding  and keen on  having his students excel. Mr. Stracco’s class room is interesting in […]

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    November Teacher of the Month: Melissa Beaudry

    Our November Teacher of the Month has a calming effect on her second grade students. One of them, who entered her name for Teacher of the Month consideration, tells us that when he’s nervous about school-related things, all he has to do is say her name several times and it calms him down. “I breathe when I say her name … Mrs. Beaudry, Mrs. Beaudry …” said Skinner Elementary student Christopher Tucker. Christopher and his classmates agree that in their minds, […]

  • October Teacher of the Month: Lori Haskett

    October Teacher of the Month: Lori Haskett

    She’s taking P.E. class to a new level. WGN’s October Teacher of the Month shows her students how to step to a different beat. It’s a lesson they’ll take with them far beyond the gym – and one they’ve already taken to heart. Lori Haskett, Teacher of the Month: “What’s your heart rate? In your zone? Good! You can slow down –a little bit high.” Hannah Serlovsky, Nominating Student: “She is teaching us to stay healthy and keep exercising and make […]

  • September Teacher of the Month

    September Teacher of the Month: Mary Mondt

    WGN’s September teacher of the month gets high praise for not letting her students’ flaws cloud their potentially bright futures. Mary Mondt is a sophomore geometry teacher at Chicago’s John F. Kennedy high school. When she’s not talking to students about shapes and lines, triangles and rectangles,  she’s teaching special education classes and loving it. For her efforts, Saint Xavier University honored Ms Mondt with a $1000.

  • 2002 WGN Investigates piece on Lathierial Boyd (pt 1)

    In 2002 WGN’s Muriel Clair spoke with the key players in Latherial Boyd’s trial.  This is her report.

  • 2002 WGN Investigates piece on Lathierial Boyd (pt 3)

    In 2002 WGN’s Muriel Clair spoke with the key players in Latherial Boyd’s trial.  This is her report.

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    June Teacher of the Month: Cynthia Burnett

    Our teacher of the month calls her selection “a great honor and a huge surprise.” She says no one can imagine how she feels. Beverly Gulley, Saint Xavier University Dean of Education: “On behalf of Saint Xavier University, I am happy to present you with this check for one thousand dollars.” A one thousand dollar check from Saint Xavier University and marking the occasion a framed certificate from WGN TV — not a bad way to end the school year […]


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