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
  • 5-year-old’s birthday wish inspires donation of dozens of blankets, pillows for kids in need

    LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Unlike most other five-year-olds, Tyler Slitz’s birthday wish wasn’t for toys; it was for bedding. He asked for sheets, blankets and pillows, but not for himself — for every kid going without. His mom Jackie said when Tyler found out that the local charity Sleep in Heavenly Peace only had four pillows to donate, he announced he was going to change that. “I asked for the bedding so I could fill my whole house with stuff for other […]

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, commitment to service honored around Chicagoland

    CHICAGO — Civil rights leaders, officials and volunteers marked Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with events reflecting the civil rights leader’s legacy across the country Monday. At the annual Rainbow Push Excel MLK Scholarship Breakfast, education was the focus, but there was also an eye on the same racial inequities that Dr. King fought against, and continue today. Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette was the keynote speaker. “In a time of tremendous division in this country and polarization, it’s all […]

  • Andersonville hardware store closing after 41 years

    CHICAGO — Cas Hardware Store in Andersonville is closing its doors after 41 years. The owner, Cornel Ladan, who immigrated to Chicago from Yugoslavia said he loves helping his customers at 5305 N. Clark St. and loves bringing old things back to life. He said he’s gotten to know his customers, many of whom come in to give him a hug or a nice card — small tokens of appreciation for a man who has been behind the counter since […]

  • ‘It’s OK not to be OK’: Café offers mental health help, supports suicide prevention

    CHICAGO — While the coffee is good, “Sip of Hope” serves up much more than a cup of joe on the Northwest Side. Through a partnership with Dark Matter Coffee, the café donates 100% of its proceeds to mental health education and suicide prevention. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from… five out of five people have good days and bad days,” owner Johnny Boucher said. “It’s OK not to be OK.” Nationwide, suicide rates are […]

  • Refugees give surprise ‘thank you’ to Navy veterans who rescued them

    NORRIDGE, Ill. — Chip Reichert’s home is covered with photos documenting the full life of a retired Navy vet, husband, hard-working father to two girls and now a grandpa. But for the last 40 years, it was photos snapped on the South China Sea that he couldn’t forget. “It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Reichert said. Reichert and the crew of the USS John Young were off the coast of Vietnam when they spotted a blip on […]

  • Comfort bunnies: Lakeview spot offers up some cuddle time

    WGN’s Erin Ivory has details on a North Side spot helping people de-stress… with bunnies!

  • Cooking up fresh meals for the homeless is his calling

    CHICAGO — For the past seven years, Michael Airhart has started nearly every morning by packing his car with a grill and as many coolers of food as he can squeeze in. Unlike shelters that often only have sandwiches to pass out, Airhart serves up pork chops, burgers, gyros and even steak hot off the grill to those who could use a good meal the most. “Just because you’re homeless, doesn’t mean you’re not human. You still crave good food […]

  • This mechanic fixes up old cars to give away to those in need

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A car repair shop in Des Plaines doing far more than just your standard oil change. Frank Hauser retired two years ago years ago, but couldn’t shake the feeling his work wasn’t done. “I’ve been in the car business for 52 years,” Hauser said.  “I’ve had so many people that had helped me. I felt like it was my time to give something back.” A small garage at the edge of the parking lot at his […]

  • How a dog named Thor captured the hearts of dog lovers in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Winter months often mean overcrowded animal rescue shelters. A month ago, WGN received an email from a viewer asking if we had heard about a puppy abandoned during the latest winter storm. WGN’s Erin Ivory is here to explain how one recent rescue captured the hearts of dog lovers all over Chicago. This is the story of a dog now known as Thor. For more information on the rescue that helped Thor visit mcprescue.org.

  • ‘We stand with you’: Military moms bring holiday cheer to families of those who serve

    JOLIET — Six years ago, Geriann Wiesbrook learned firsthand what it meant to have a kid serving overseas. But as he wrote back to her, she also learned many of those he served with were in need of help themselves. Among them, moms and dads who were struggling to hold their own families together back home. Desperate to do something, Geriann created a Facebook group called “The Military Mama Network,” enlisting her fellow moms in her mission to help those […]

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