Emmy award winning reporter, Erin Ivory joined WGN-TV in April 2011. After many years waking up early as part of the WGN Morning News team, she has returned to her reporting roots as WGN Evening News features reporter. She loves her new role, getting to thoughtfully share the stories of everyday people doing amazing and good things all over Chicagoland.

Prior to landing at WGN-TV, Erin circled a 90 mile radius around Chicago, working as a news anchor and reporter in Milwaukee, South Bend and Rockford.

Erin graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

When she is not turning stories for the ‘feel-good’ beat, you can find her chasing her wild and crazy four children and two dogs at home with her husband, Demetrius Ivory. Before all that, she used to enjoy running, camping, travel adventures and triathlons. In the interim she’s living on a glorious mix of coffee and chaos…and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Recent Articles
  • Top companies welcome GenderCool kids at Merchandise Mart

    CHICAGO — The GenderCool Project’s aim was simple: to show others how to celebrate who they are, not what they are. That message quickly caught the attention of some of Chicago’s biggest corporations, which are now wooing the dynamic GenderCool kids to bring their voices to the front of the conference room. “It was a flashbulb moment, I think, for so many people,” GenderCool co-founder Jen Grosshandler said. Six kids, all of whom identify as transgender, headed to Merchandise Mart […]

  • Lee Lumber closing after over 65 years on the South Side

    CHICAGO — For decades, big box hardware stores have been driving out the little guys, including the few independent lumber companies still fighting to stay alive. Lee Lumber is not only the largest lumberyard in Chicago, but also one of last standing. That changes when they will also close their doors next week on Tuesday, October 23. Its iconic neon sign has been standing along Pershing Road and South Union Avenue since they opened their doors in 1952. Rick Baumgarten’s […]

  • Classic truck restored as mobile flower store with a mission

    CHICAGO — Flowers will brighten anyone’s day, but an old truck is now on a new mission to deliver life-changing opportunities for young people at the same time. A year ago, Carolyn Marcotte approached her friend Rachel Haller with an idea: turn a classic 1962 long bed Chevy truck into a flower truck. “I came from a big farm family and my uncles and grandpa drove these around,” Marcotte said. Dubbed  Youth and Yarrow, the mobile shop does more than […]

  • ‘I am strong! I am smart!’: Program empowers girls to be their true selves

    CHICAGO — In nearly 90 Chicagoland schools, yoga is being used to teach girls to stretch not only their bodies, but also their own self-perceptions. At Mission Propelle, yoga mats are magic carpets and surfboards, taking the girls anywhere they want to. The program combines yoga with lessons in empowerment for girls as young as five. “Studies show that when girls get to the third and fourth grade level the ideas have already been imposed on them regarding gender are […]

  • Café’s food is made, sold and served by employees with special needs

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — A sign over the door to an Oak Lawn café says “A Little Something Extra Bakery,” hinting at why the shop is getting as much attention for its team of employees as its baked goods. “There’s a lot of places you can go and buy yourself a donut or a cup of soup,” owner Maria Veal said. “This place is special because of the people who work here.” Most who come for lunch and a little […]

  • Remains of Marine killed in WWII come home to military honors

    CHICAGO — By the end of WWII, there were approximately 79,000 servicemen unaccounted for, their bodies never identified or never found. USMC Technical Sergeant Harry Carlsen of Brookfield was one of them, until his remains finally returned home after 75 years Wednesday. “I don’t have words. No one can ever know how much this means to my family who has searched for him all these years,” said his great-nephew, Ed Spellman of St. Charles. Harry ‘Bud’ Carlsen enlisted in the […]

  • Pumpkin patch pop-up brings the farm, corn maze (with a bar) to Chicago

    CHICAGO — While kids are excitedly planning out their Halloween costumes, the big kids are getting excited over “Jack’s Pumpkin Nights,” a fall pop-up pumpkin patch in Goose Island with extra on tap for adults. This isn’t your kiddie pumpkin patch. The Jack’s Pumpkin Nights pop-up is stocked with Game of Thrones references, axe-throwing, DJs and a corn maze leading to a spot at the hard cider bar. “What do adults need? They need some fun!” creator Beth Bortz said. […]

  • Group’s 5K race a step towards bringing opioid addiction out of the shadows

    CHICAGO — With opioid deaths spiking nationwide, a handful of people from Chicago are on a mission to change the trajectory through a national organization called Shatterproof. For Amy Voss, photos are all she has left of her son Jared, who died at age 28 just one day before his father’s birthday. “He died at 28,” Voss said quietly. “Just one day before my husband’s birthday.” The pain of losing her son was unbearable, but the shame that it was […]

  • WWII veterans celebrate seven decades of marriage in southwest suburb

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — For 70 years, Richard Dina has pulled the mail and shared a wave from the same stoop. Things have changed from the days Richard moved in with his lovely bride Doris, when they’d have to take a streetcar to get from Loomis to their house off Kildare. “When we first moved in, it was all fields out there…no houses,” he remembers. Still, there’s a sweet familiarity to a dance you’ve been doing for seven decades. This […]

  • Nonprofit uses ocean waste to make affordable prosthetic limbs

    CHICAGO — A nonprofit organization that uses plastic dumped in the ocean to make affordable prosthetic limbs is working to solve two problems at once. “What if we could do it?” asked Chris Moriarity, who founded The Million Waves Project in April 2017. “What if we could make our little dent, and maybe other people will make their little dent. Then we could make some real change.” Functioning prosthetic limbs can cost thousands of dollars. Moriarity’s nonprofit creates 3D-printed limbs for […]