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.
HUNTLEY, Ill. — It’s not Santa’s workshop, but a group of seniors are giving the big man a run for his money. “14 years ago we came up with the idea of making toys for the needy… never dreaming it would become what it is today,” Al Lapelusa said. That first year a handful of sun city seniors cut, sanded and pieced together 10 handcrafted wooden toys. Today, that same shop is filled with nearly 70 seniors, producing hundreds of […]
CHICAGO — There are a lot of Amtrak trains at Union Station, but only one is heading to the North Pole. There’s never an empty seat on the popular Polar Express trains, as tickets sell out months in advance. It isn’t just a train ride, but a full theatrical experience complete with singers and dancers acting out scenes from the book and movie. “I love when they came out with all the trays of hot chocolate and danced up and […]
CHICAGO — For seven months, Bears fan Marcus Edwards has relied on dialysis to keep him alive. “It’s crazy anytime you go into a dialysis clinic,” Edwards said. “You see all these people that have been waiting years for a kidney.” Edwards, from Jeffersonville, Indiana near Louisville, was added to the transplant list of 113,000 when both of his kidneys stopped working last June. Five days a week, three hours a day, Edwards is hooked up to lines, trying to […]
The Chicago Botanic Garden will be glowing this holiday season. The unique “Lightscape” show debuts Friday and runs through December. WGN’s Erin Ivory has more. And full details at Chicago Botanic Garden’s website.
CHICAGO — After a nearly 20,000 votes, the Shedd Aquarium’s newest baby beluga whale has a name. The baby has been named Annik, which is Inuit for blizzard. He’s only 4 months old, but already the most popular guy in the pod. The aquarium said guests seemed to enjoy the connection to mom’s name, Mauyak, which means “soft snow.” Since Annik’s arrival there has been a line of noses pressed to the glass along with adoring coos. “There is nothing […]
You don’t get named the “Cookie Queen” of the northwest suburbs without the batches to back it up, so while many are gearing up for Thanksgiving, Kathy Lee is already knee-deep in cookie tins. Lee starts picking up her ingredients in the beginning of October, and once she ramps up her production, works eight hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s a major undertaking baking 10,000 cookies by Christmas, especially for a gal who doesn’t even like sweets — but […]
From 1966 to 1968, “Batman” reigned as king on TV sets across the country. Kids like Marv Tazelaar were mesmerized with the bigger than life car known as the Batmobile. “It had everything, the Detect-A-Scope, rear flame thrower and that iconic red bat phone,” Tazelaar, now 55, said. “My fascination never went away. Next thing you know, you’re an adult saying, ‘I need a Batmobile’.” It was a farfetched dream for more than 30 years until 19 feet of high […]
Thousands of people order the holiday cards Mariam Paré paints, but few know her backstory is as incredible as the art she creates. For as long as she could remember, she was surrounded by color; paint tubes and brushes stacked high in every corner. At 20, she was one of the top art students at Benedictine College of DuPage. Until the night her life was changed in an instant. “I just saw the glass break, and my hands dropped off […]
CHICAGO — A K9 program is helping area veterans with the invisible wounds they come back with from war. Since returning home from Iraq in 2004, veteran Derek Valerio has been haunted by the things he can’t forget. “You don’t go places, you isolate yourself,” Valerio said. “It is a living nightmare.” With the help of the local non-profit K9s for Veterans, Valerio now walks with his dog on the banks of the first ever Forgotten Warrior Memorial at Channahon […]
CHICAGO — It takes a lot of faith to change paths from pastor to brewmaster. For years, Pastor Brent Raska stood at the head of the altar at First Presbyterian Church of North Riverside. He and his wife, a pastor in Wilmette, both graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Blessed with two children and congregations they loved, they started a little side hobby at home. “Brewing was just a passion of mine. It was a lot […]