Jackie Bange is an award-winning journalist, reporter and weekend anchor for WGN News at Nine. Jackie joined the WGN-TV News team in August 1993 as a reporter and anchored WGN Morning News from January 1995 to October 1995.

Prior to her arrival at WGN-TV, Jackie was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Jackie also served as a reporter and noon anchor for WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Aside from providing in-depth coverage of local stories, Jackie has reported from exotic international locales, including Africa and Paris, France. After Hurricane Katrina, Jackie also brought Chicagoland “Into the Darkness,” a story profiling two local pilots and their crew who were the first to arrive in New Orleans and help rescue hundreds of stranded residents. Utilizing night-vision goggles, Jackie recreated the rescue for viewers, and “Into the Darkness” won the Illinois Associated Press award: Best Hard News Feature.

Other awards Jackie has won include a Best Feature Reporting Emmy in 1999 for her series on attaining the world record for the largest skydive formation. She also won the Peter Lisagor award in 2009 for Hard News and In-Depth Reporting by helping a widow “get justice” for her husband who was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

For the past several years, Jackie has worked with Elmhurst College’s Mentor Program for students interested in the field of journalism. She serves on the board of Michael Matters, an organization created to help those fighting brain cancer. Jackie is involved in the fundraising efforts for A Safe Place, a domestic violence prevention organization in Lake County.

Jackie received her post-baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida where she graduated with distinction. Jackie’s undergraduate degree was from Florida State University in Management Information Systems. She is proud to carry on a family tradition of television. Her father was a news anchor in Miami, Florida, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her mother was a weather girl in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is married with three children. In her free time, Jackie enjoys skydiving and athletic training. She has completed seven Triathlons.


Recent Articles
  • Rev. Clay Evans funeral, celebration of life held Saturday

    CHICAGO — The Rev. Clay Evans was laid to rest Saturday. The reverend’s funeral and celebration of life started at 9 a.m. at the Apostolic Faith Church. Evans was a civil rights activist who embraced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he expanded his movement out the south. He died at age 94. Evans’ death was announced Nov. 25 in a social media post by the Rev. Charles Jenkins, who in 2000 succeeded Evans as pastor of the Fellowship Baptist […]

  • Cancer survivor reunited with life-saving donor after their DNA matches online

    CHICAGO — A cancer survivor’s emotional reunion with the young donor who helped save her life was only possible because of the popularity of DNA tests, they say. It was a face-to-face meeting 20 years in the making when Dania Davey, her son Patrick, and Holly Becker got together at Loyola University Medical Center Sunday. Becker’s saga began In 1997, when the then 24-year-old was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. At Stage 4, doctors said her condition was grave. There were no […]

  • Dozens of amputee athletes attend clinic in Evanston

    CHICAGO — Dozens of athletes who have lost a limb or more attended a clinic in Evanston to help improve their skills and confidence. Katie Gazzola got a new prosthetic leg last week and already, she’s breaking a sweat. “It’s been a workout,” Gazzola said. Two years ago, Gazzola lost her leg from the knee down in a boating accident. Now, she and about three dozen other athletes are up for the challenge in a Mobility Clinic at Quad Indoor […]

  • 95-year-old veteran recreates war experience by jumping out of a plane

    ROCHELLE, Ill. — A 95-year-old veteran recreated his war experience minus the war by taking a plunge high above in a far west suburb. Joe Cook strapped up and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at Chicagoland Skydiving Center to recreate his experience almost 75 years ago. In October of 1944, Cook was on his 16th mission in a B-24 bomber when his plane was shot down. Six of the ten crewmen parachuted out safely. Cook and the other […]

  • Bridge over I-294 named to honor Kelli O’Laughlin

    INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. — A south suburban bridge that spans Interstate 294 received a new name to honor a 14-year-old girl who was murdered in October 2011. Kelli O’Laughlin’s life was cut short by a brutal crime eight years ago. Her classmates were behind the effort on renaming the bridge. Cups on the the Plainfield Road bridge over I-294 are a familiar sight. The cups spell out a message through the fence, which changes from time-to-time. One said “with […]

  • Lemonade stand raises money for first responders

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. — A soon to be 5th grader is doing her part to help her community in Tinley Park. Kiera Fitzmaurice is operating a lemonade stand with proceeds going to first responders facing mental health challenges. To learn more about helping first responders with mental health issues go to REACT4RYAN.com    

  • Soldier surprises twin daughters at Chicago ballet recital

    CHICAGO — Two dancers leapt for joy after a surprise guest took the stage during a Rogers Park ballet recital over the weekend. Army Sgt. Jeremy Solana is home from Kuwait and surprised his twin daughters on stage following their performance. “I’ve waited nine months to see my girls,” Solana said. “It was a pretty emotional experience for me.” Solana had actually returned from Kuwait a few days prior but his wife Andrea suggested he wait to see his daughters […]

  • Police officers help deliver baby girl on Easter Sunday

    CHICAGO — Chicago police officers helped a new mom deliver her baby girl on Easter Sunday. Officers from the city’s 3rd District were flagged down by the driver of a car that pulled up in front of the police station at 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave. around 7 a.m. Sunday. The driver told the officers that his granddaughter, who was in the car, was giving birth. The officers heading out for their tour of duty, and officers who were inside […]

  • 5 Chicago aldermanic races to watch

    CHICAGO — Chicago will be electing aldermen in 15 wards Tuesday. Here are six races that WGN is watching closely: 5TH WARD In the 5th Ward, which covering Woodlawn and Hyde Park, Ald. Leslie Hairston faces William Calloway. A big topic in the race is the proposed Obama Presidential Center for the area. Hairston opposes a community benefits agreement between developers and residents to guarantee jobs. Calloway demands it. Calloway also helped expose the Laquan McDonald video. WINNER: TOO CLOSE […]

  • ‘There was not a mean bone in his body’: Chief of Staff, friend on George H.W. Bush

    CHICAGO — Sam Skinner was the US Attorney for northern Illinois when he first met then-candidate George H.W. Bush in 1980, sparking a relationship that would continue for decades. Skinner was Illinois campaign chairman 1988, and Bush won the state on his way to the presidency— the last Republican candidate to carry the state. After, he asked Skinner to serve as Secretary of Transportation, and eventually as Chief of Staff in the White House. As an executive, Skinner says his boss […]

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