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
  • Wigmaker finds fast lane to success thanks to RuPaul’s Drag Race

    CHICAGO — Within just two short years, wigs made by Chicago native Christopher Harris are in high demand, thanks in no small part to some high-profile appearances on Rupaul’s Drag Race. “There’s nothing like coming home on a Friday night, turning on VH1 and your wig is prancing the TV for millions to see,” Harris said. Available under the “Haired by Harris” label,  Harris is known for his unique urban, texturized treatment of wigs. “For so long minority queens thought they had to […]

  • Free program gives students hands-on experience with cameras they can keep

    CHICAGO — A retired teacher took her love of photography and turned it into an incredible opportunity for dozens of CPS students. “I couldn’t stop thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to do this with kids who might not be able to afford the expensive equipment and expensive classes?'” said Shirley Nannini. That was a year and a half ago, and the beginning of the free photography program called ‘Fresh Lens Chicago’. Working with just 12 students at a time, Nannini […]

  • Women in the driver’s seat for auto sales, marketing

    CHICAGO — Historically the auto industry was more of a boys club with engineers big on engines, speed and wheels. But that changed this last decade with not only more women in the driver’s seat but making 85 percent of all car buying decisions. WGN’s Erin Ivory took a spin around the Chicago Auto Show to see how car companies have responded.

  • Dancers take the leap for a chance to join world’s top troupes

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of young local dancers with big dreams left it all on stage for the chance of a lifetime this week. It’s one audition that holds the “Golden Ticket” in the dance world. You have two minutes and one shot to earn it. A handful will land scholarships with the top dance troupes in the world. Watching are meticulous judges from the world’s most prominent dance companies, New York’s American Ballet Theatre, Chicago’s Joffrey, the Royal Ballet of London […]

  • Lake County Sheriff’s canine officer in the running for K9 of the Year Award

    There’s no harder working dog than a police K-9, and one canine cop with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department is in the running for top dog in the country. Deputy John Forlenza’s furry partner Dax already beat out thousands of others to make the top ten of the 2018 K9 of the Year Award, and is now in the running to win. “We just clicked from the start,” Deputy Forlenza remembers. “He walked out… jumped up and actually hit me in the […]

  • Donations turn into teachers’ treasures at supply swap

    CHICAGO — Chicago teachers took part in a treasure hunt Friday in a warehouse packed with every school supply imaginable. It was all free to teachers who often operate on a shoestring budget. Bags of donations were brought into the Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange. “Many (teachers) buy $2,000 to $2,500 of supplies out of pocket every year because they just don’t have enough money to get stuff for 30 kids in a classroom,” executive director Barbara Koenen said. The three […]

  • ‘Chicago Shares’ vouchers helping city’s homeless population

    CHICAGO — Winter storms put an extra burden on homeless shelters that are often already at capacity. The Chicago Shares Voucher program hopes to put a dent in the number of people left hungry and out in the cold. “When you see someone and they ask that age old question ‘Can you spare some change so I can get something to eat?’” program volunteer Ron Polaniecki said. “Chicago Shares Vouchers is the answer.” The vouchers are different than dropping money […]

  • Family delivers sweets to dozens of strangers in need of a smile

    MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Mysterious tins filled with treats have been appearing on Mt. Prospect door stoops all over town. “I have no idea how this person knew I needed this,” Brenda Miotke said. Erin Robinson is the name of the secret delivery angel behind Made by Mary, who came up with the idea of “baking the world a better place.” It began this last June when she put out a call on Facebook to nominate any resident that was […]

  • ‘It feels like freedom’: Classes push for a rollerskating revival downtown

    CHICAGO — Mainstream roller skating has long been on the decline, with rinks closing rapidly nationwide. Despite the shuttering, a subculture of skaters has held strong at spots like “The Rink” along East 87th. Now the dying sport is finding new life in one of Chicago’s oldest institutions, as a new group is sparking a roller rebirth downtown at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. “Most people have no idea there’s a roller rink downtown,” instructor Elizabeth Perez said. “But here […]

  • Free haircuts help cancer patients gain confidence on their road to recovery

    HINSDALE, Ill. — For nearly 30 years, “Wellness House” in Hinsdale has provided free health and exercise programs for those battling cancer. Last month they added one more program to address what’s perhaps the most outward sign of cancer: hair loss. In addition to providing complimentary wigs and wig styling, Wellness House is now offering free haircuts to cancer patients. “I feel lucky that I’m finally seeing my hair grow back,” Candy Fraser said. “But styling the regrowth can be challenging […]

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