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
  • ‘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 […]

  • Wisconsin man makes wheelchair journey to Wrigley to prove there’s ‘more good than bad in the world’

    CHICAGO — A Wisconsin man is on a mission to prove there is more good than bad in the world, despite facing so much adversity himself. Dennis Schultze traveled more than 100 miles from Beloit, Wisconsin to Wrigley Field and raised money along the way. But he didn’t use a car or bike. Since December 16th, the 55-year-old Beloit native has traveled by wheelchair. Four years ago, the truck driver’s world fell apart. He lost his leg in a terrible […]

  • Meet Mark Kirk, incumbent in Illinois U.S. Senate race

    CHICAGO — In the stairwell of the Kluczynski Federal Building, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk slowly ascends five floors. He’s training to climb a portion of the Willis Tower, something he’s done for the past four years. That fighting spirit has helped the 57-year-old overcome a massive stroke he suffered in January 2012. Despite paralysis on his left side and the need for a wheelchair, Kirk is sure he’s strong enough to represent the people of Illinois. “You need someone to […]

  • Rising number of consumers falling victim to iTunes card fraud

    It’s a new twist to an old scheme: scammers are calling their (usually elderly) victims and claiming to be the IRS or a grandchild; but instead of looking for money, they’re after gift cards. For 85-year-old Diane Van Crey, it started with a morning phone call and ended with the great grandmother losing more than $5,200 in savings. “Mikey came on the way crying saying Uma, I’m sick,” Van Crey recalled. Except the caller wasn’t Mikey, her 26-year-old grandson. It […]

  • Chicagoans, fans flock to Navy Pier to take in America’s Cup

    CHICAGO — Despite all the hype about the heat, it was a crowded scene at Navy Pier. Huge crowds came out to watch the America’s Cup World Series race, and they witnessed history. This is the first time in the event’s 165 years sailors are racing in fresh water. People on Navy Pier and boats on Lake Michigan all jockeyed for the perfect spot to scope out the America’s Cup action. Although the Windy City didn’t provide enough wind for racing conditions early on, a little […]

  • Three Illinois lawmakers to accompany Obama on historic Cuba visit

    CHICAGO – Three Illinois lawmakers will join President Obama on his historic trip to Cuba on Sunday. This is the first time in 88 years a U.S. president has visited Cuba. Senator Dick Durbin and congresswomen Cheri Bustos and Jan Schakowsky are also traveling to Havana. They are among 20 members of Congress joining the president on the trip. The first family will also join President Obama on the three-day trip.

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