WGN’s new sports reporter Lauren Magiera on odd Sarah Palin connection, moving home to Chicago

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WGN-TV hired new sports reporter and anchor Lauren Magiera to replace Rich King after he retires, and the WGN Morning News team talked to her over the phone Tuesday morning.

Magiera comes from the Green Bay Packers where she was a co-host and reporter for the team. But not to worry, Magiera say’s she is actually a “die hard Bears fan.” The reporter is a northwest suburban native and graduated from Barrington High School.

“I’ve always had the Bears in my heart,” Magiera said.

Before sideline reporting for the Packers, Magiera was a sports director in Wausau, Wisconsin, and anchorage for Alaska where she went to college on a gymnastics scholarship.

“I’ve been a trailblazer ever since the beginning of my career,” Magiera said. “I was a female reporter in Alaska, the first female before me to do sports reporting in Alaska was actually Sarah Palin.”