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
  • Woman once known as ‘Baby Mary Grace’ determined no other child will be thrown away

    It was 24 years ago today that a newborn baby girl was tossed in a Hoffman Estates Dumpster. No one knows exactly how many hours she had been buried there under heavy debris before construction worker “Rocky” Hyatt heard a whimper coming from the dumpster as he threw in the last load of trash. When the double-knotted plastic bag was pulled out, a baby girl was found inside. Later, the hospital nurses that named the abandoned baby “Mary Grace.” And […]

  • Kids surprise beloved crossing guard on his 80th birthday

    WILMETTE, Ill. — For 14 years, crossing guard Alec Childress has helped kids cross 9th Street and Lake Avenue to get to school. When those kids and their parents found out their beloved crossing guard was turning 80, they cooked up a plan: they’d surprise him when he arrived on the corner that morning. Childress was visibly surprised and touched, as multiple generations of kids returned for his birthday celebration. The families arranged for another crossing guard to cover Alec’s […]

  • Boy who watched dogs as he went through chemo gets Corgi puppy of his own

    For over a year, 13-year-old Johnny Martin has spent nearly every weekday at Lurie Children’s Hospital to treat the soft cell cancer that was ravaging his body. His cancer is so rare that there has been only one other surgery similar to the one they performed on him at the hospital.  It took a team 26 hours to completely remove the dozens of tumors that grew in his chest cavity. “I wouldn’t wish that kind of surgery on anyone. We […]

  • ‘A hidden gem’: A look inside the Oriental Institute

    CHICAGO — Chicago has a reputation of having some of the greatest museums in the country.  But many residents don’t know that one of the most impressive museums in the city even exists. The Oriental Institute is tucked away on the campus of the University of Chicago, quietly housing the largest collection of ancient middle east artifacts in the United States — 350,000 to be exact. “Many of these are objects that we had in our storage room but we […]

  • When someone leaves a shelter, this group makes sure their new place feels like home

    Janelle Towne was volunteering with her daughter at a soup kitchen when it hit her: How do you transition out of a shelter to start again, when you have nothing but the bag of clothes you walked in with? That was the beginning of what has become the nonprofit Home 2 Home. Together with a group of volunteers, Towne moves a truck-worth of repurposed furniture into empty apartments for those transitioning out of shelters. Over the last three years, they […]

  • Flying by the seat of their pants: Retirees embrace adventure with spontaneous trips

    CHICAGO — After retirement, there’s monetary investments and then emotional investments. For three Chicago women, their biggest investment return, they say, has been things that feed the soul; adventure and spontaneity. Helene Paris, Sharon Dugan and Kathy Leitzll make it their mission to fly blind. They show up at O’Hare airport with packed bags and three rules. 1. They need a flight under $300. 2. They have to go someplace the three had never been to before. And 3. They […]

  • 11-year-old auditions for role in “The Nutcracker”

    An 11-year-old has auditioned to be a part of “The Nutcracker” and is trying to join the ranks of some of the best dancers in the country. WGN’s Erin Ivory has the story.

  • Lung recipient celebrates life with every step

    More than 9,000 people in Illinois were diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone. It manifests in multiple forms with symptoms that often go unnoticed until it’s too late. For Jennifer Stouffer, every step forward now feels like a gift. “It’s one of those things that we take for granted…until the day you can’t breathe,” she said. It was seven years ago the busy mom of two came down with what she thought was a run of the mill cold. […]

  • Chicago firefighters band together, ‘ignite spirits’ and ride to help their own

    They are the ones called to serve. The men and women who show up at most people’s worst moment. Yet when they are in need themselves, few firefighters feel they are able to ask for help. In 2003 a group of Chicago firefighters banded together to form Ignite the Spirit, a group built solely to support their brothers and sisters in their own time of need. For years they have quietly supported firefighters and their families with financial assistance and emotional […]

  • Camaraderie strong as the coffee served at veteran-owned shop

    BATAVIA, Ill. — Along the banks of the Fox River sits a small business with an unusual name: Gun Barrel Coffee. Inside you’ll find Sal Dazzo a U.S. army vet turned head coffee roaster. “Our company is two years old. It started in a three-season room,” Dazzo said. “It was getting smokey in there and finally my wife told me to take the stuff and find a space so that’s what we did.” It is a place for not only […]

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