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Hannah Welker joined WGN-TV in September 2019 as a feature reporter for the weekends.

Welker started her news career in Rockford at the NBC affiliate, WREX, where she was a morning anchor and reporter. She then moved on to WHAM, the ABC/FOX affiliate in Rochester, NY, where she was the morning feature reporter. From hot air balloon rides, to frigid polar plunges in Lake Ontario, she told the positive stories across Western New York. Prior to WGN-TV, Welker was morning feature reporter at WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, NC. Her segment, “Have Hannah Do It,” had Hannah trying fun and challenging activities around the area including bull riding, drag racing, zip lining, and even BMX biking.

Hannah grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, but has many ties to Chicago. She earned a full gymnastics scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she competed for the Fighting Illini all four years, while also earning her B.S. in Journalism.

In her free time, Hannah loves spending time with her husband and goldendoodle, Charlie.


Recent Articles
  • ‘Night Sky’ exhibit at Adler Planetarium shows the stars you should see in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The stars inside the Atwood sphere pop in the darkness. But the stars in Chicago’s night sky aren’t so clear. A new exhibit at Adler Planetarium inside the Atwood Sphere teachers stargazers to protect the dark sky. “Chicago’s Night Sky” shows how lights are designed and how they can be designed to preserve our night sky. “These days often with more artificial light, it’s harder and harder to get a good view of the sky,” Vice President of […]

  • ‘Once you’re a skater, you’re kinda always a skateboarder’: Skate Bunker provides haven for older skaters

    CHICAGO — A longtime skateboarder created a skate park in his office space for the older generation of skaters. “It’s kind of like every 16-year-old kid’s dream down here, we just did it a little bit later in life than we had anticipated,” said Greg Roberts, owner of Pardon My Thrashing. It’s not your everyday office space. The company started as a Facebook page, to create a community for skaters in Chicago— specifically the older generation of riders. Now that […]

  • Martin Luther King Jr. honored at events around Chicago

    CHICAGO — Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was honored Friday at events around the city. Chicago Public School students celebrated Dr. King during an oratory competition at the Palmer House. Fourth and fifth graders shared what they believed the late civil rights leader’s vision would be for America in 2020. It was part of the annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr.  Oratory Competition, which has been held in Houston or Dallas for the past 30 years. This year, […]

  • Canada PM Trudeau: Iran plane families will get answers

    EDMONTON, Alberta — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it’s been gut-wrenching to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week as he attended one of several memorials across the country. Speaking at a memorial with a capacity crowd of 2,300 in Edmonton, Alberta, Trudeau said he has learned many of the victims came to Canada in search of new opportunities for their families, but those […]

  • ‘Girls Build’ program inspires next wave of Chicago female architects

    CHICAGO — At the Chicago Architecture Center, a new program is inspiring future female architects in the city. Chicago’s skyline is made up of classic and modern beauties with the newest being built by women. The Chicago Architecture Center’s “Girls Build” program is aimed at inspiring young girls interested in science, engineering and technology. “So I’ve always been involved in a lot of programs, and I’ve always been interested in math and science,” St. Ignatius College Prep freshman Serenity White […]

  • Spirits high despite long lines on first day of legal recreational marijuana

    CHICAGO — Some Chicagoans lined up bright and early on New Year’s Day to be the firsts to legally purchase recreational marijuana. Recreational pot became legal in the state on Jan. 1, making Illinois the 11th state to do so. The Sunnyside dispensary opened its doors at 6 a.m. and customers were lined up around the corner to make their purchases and make history. Jackie Ryan was the first customer at the dispensary to make a purchase. Customers must be […]

  • 18-year-old charged with manslaughter in death of Michigan State freshman from Chicago

    CHICAGO — Charges have been filed in the death of 19-year-old Michigan State University freshman Lyniah Bell. Lafayette Hodges, 18, was charged with one count of felony manslaughter after Bell was reportedly found shot to death inside a Chatham apartment Friday night. Just after 9:45 p.m., police were dispatched to the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue on the report of gunshots. Police entered the residence and discovered Bell with a gunshot wound to her head inside a bedroom. She […]

  • A look at the model trains at the Great Train Show

    GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — All aboard for a trip to the Great Train Show. It’s a dream come true for anyone who is into model trains. Hobby railroading has been around really for decades, almost a century, and it isn’t going away anytime soon. Some hobbyists joined together in suburban Graylake for the Great Train Show. One person who was at the show, Jim Pechous, said he grew up with model trains and loves them. “One of the memories I have […]

  • ‘It’s a place no one wants to be’: Former inmates grateful for Rev. Jackson’s Christmas gesture

    CHICAGO — For four Cook County inmates, Christmas was about freedom and not presents. Reverend Jesse Jackson has been visiting jails on Christmas Day for the past 40 years. “We jail too many people for unnecessary reasons,” Jackson said. As part of his visit, he bails some non-violent offenders out of jail. It’s part of his goal to reform jail sentencing in hopes to find alternative options for low-level offenders. Aaron Kinzer was one of the four bailed out by […]

  • Multiple people rescued from apartment building fire in North Lawndale

    CHICAGO — Several people were rescued from a burning apartment building in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. The fire broke out at a three-story building in the 1200 block of South Central Park Avenue at about 4 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived on the scene, firefighters said there was a heavy fire in the rear of the second floor and going up to the third floor. Some people were trying to jump from the third floor. Firefighters made several ladder rescues, […]

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