Lauren Jiggetts joined WGN Morning News as co-anchor of the 4am and 5am newscasts on July 10, 2017. Prior to WGN-TV, Lauren spent 10 years at NBC 5 in Chicago, in a variety of positions, most recently as the weekend news anchor. She also worked at Channel One News in L.A. and WLVI, the CW affiliate in Boston. While still in school, Lauren interned for WFLD-TV and CLTV.
Lauren received a national and regional Emmy in 2011 for her contribution to the station’s coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal. She has also received multiple local Emmys. In 2015, she received the Irv Kupcinet Media Award at the 41st Annual Ed Kelly Foundation Gala.
Lauren is the daughter of former Chicago Bears offensive tackle and longtime sportscaster Dan Jiggetts. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and she is a graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
CHICAGO — Athletes and parents at Simeon High School say they were cheated out of a state football playoff victory and they’re suing. When the top-seeded Simeon faced Nazareth Academy of La Grange Park on November 10, Richard Mercado was on the sideline. Mercado is an official from the Illinois High School Association, and the father of a player on the Nazareth team. Simeon’s lawsuit claims Mercado spent the whole game working the referee and other officials, convincing them to […]
PARADISE, Calif. — Nearly a week after the worst wildfire in California’s history broke out, firefighters are still battling its roaring flames, 48 people have been confirmed dead and evacuees are growing desperate. The death toll from the Camp Fire rose Tuesday — and officials fear it will keep climbing — as search teams comb through rubble and ashes in fire-ravaged Paradise, a town of about 27,000 residents in Northern California. “I want to tell you, though, this is a […]
ROCHESTER, Ind. — The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s sending a team of investigators to the scene where a pickup truck struck and killed three young siblings as they crossed a northern Indiana road to board a school bus. The NTSB said in a tweet that the “Go-Team” should arrive in Rochester, Indiana, on Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum says the siblings and an 11-year-old boy were struck at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, before sunrise, as they were […]
BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents , James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural western Wisconsin community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis. The call came from a cellphone […]
This week is National Diaper Need Awareness Week. In Illinois, the National Diaper Bank Network says 23 percent of children under the age of three live below the federal poverty line. Which means, some parents are forced to make difficult decisions every day between paying rent, putting food on the table or buying basic necessities. This is where organizations like “Share our Spare” step in, a local non-profit tackling this issue. For more information, go to: ShareourSpare.org
WASHINGTON — A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh […]
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge’s background, writings and legal philosophy. Republicans who mostly back President Donald Trump’s pick are focusing on Kavanaugh’s 12-year career as an appellate court judge, which has produced more than 300 opinions. Democrats are expected to take a more pointed tack, grilling the 53-year-old conservative on hot-button issues that could swing the court’s majority […]
Over a million people in Hawaii are already seeing the first signs of Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 cyclone that could become the first major hurricane to make landfall there in 26 years. The storm is moving closer to the Hawaiian islands with sustained winds of 145 mph and forecasters say it’s “on course to pass very close” to the islands or make landfall from Thursday through Friday. It could be so devastating that authorities are urging residents to set […]
CHICAGO — Jury selection started Friday in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. Honor student Hadiya Pendleton was with friends at a park 1 mile from Obama’s Chicago home in January 2013 when she was shot. “She had so much to look forward to at that moment,” said Shatira Wilks, Hadiya’s cousin. “And it was all just […]