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
  • 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 […]

  • ‘Band of Brothers’ soldier shares his story with WGN

    SKOKIE, Ill.— Al Mampre is known for his service in World War II, when, as an Army medic, he saw combat is some of the most brutal battles. The 96-year-old was in the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted three weeks in Belgium and claimed the lives of nearly 20,000 American soldiers. Before that, then 22-year-old Mampre parachuted into Holland for Operation Market Garden. Mampre is the last surviving medic from Company E, also known as the Band of Brothers. […]

  • Mass shooting at video game tournament in Jacksonville leaves 2 dead

    Caution: this video contains content some viewers may find disturbing JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A gunman opened fire at an online video game tournament that was being livestreamed from a Florida mall Sunday, killing two people and sending many others to hospitals, authorities said. Sheriff Mike Williams said a total of 12 people were shot, including two who were killed. The gunman, believed to be a 24-year-old Baltimore man, was also killed. An official close to the investigation said the gunman […]

  • Donut Dollies delivered comforts to front lines

    They were a look at a little-known volunteer group from the American Red Cross which played a vital role in supporting U.S. troops during wartime. It was made up exclusively of women and their job was to boost morale and bring a feeling of home to the men fighting so far away. The program was officially called Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas. The soldiers knew them by their nickname: The Donut Dollies. The Dollies first came to Europe in World War […]

  • Chicago’s ‘most sustainable home’ just one of city’s green initiatives

    CHICAGO — From expanded bike lanes to garden rooftops, Chicago is trying to lead the way in reducing its carbon footprint. Be Green, be sustainable, eco-friendly projects are popping up everywhere. Here are just a few: House on George Street At the end of George Street in Roscoe Village you’ll find a house that looks a good little different and it’s called “the most sustainable home ever built in Chicago” by its developer Ryan Kolar. The five bedroom, 4,700 square […]

  • Uncovering the decades-old mystery of one of WWII most traumatic disasters

    The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is still considered the worst disaster in the Navy’s history–even 72 years later. Ghostly images show a sunken Navy cruiser resting three and half miles below in the Philippine Sea. After years of searching, researchers, headed by MicroSoft billionaire Paul Allen, have uncovered a mystery and a symbol of one of the most traumatic episodes in World War II history. A few weeks ago, Arthur Leenerman of Mohamet, Illinois got a phone call he […]

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