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.


Recent Articles
  • 2 in custody after woman attacked, carjacked in Bucktown

    CHICAGO — Two people are in custody after a woman was attacked and had her car stolen Wednesday afternoon in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. The incident happened on Wabansia and Western avenues. The woman was thrown to the ground by one of two assailants who targeted her as she was getting out of her car. She was thrown into the bushes. She was badly shaken but not hurt. Witnesses said the woman suffered a minor head injury. They also said police […]

  • Family of missing 3-month-old pleading with police to issue Amber Alert

    CHICAGO — It’s been more than a week since three-month-old Royalty Wolf was taken by her birth mother during a supervised visit, and as authorities race to locate the infant who they say may be in danger, D.C.F.S. is under fire for the kidnapping. Royalty and her mother, 24-year-old Mikequera Randolph, were last seen on May 14 during a visit supervised by D.C.F.S. near 15th and Avers in the Lawndale neighborhood. Randolph fled with Royalty, who has been missing for nine […]

  • US opens new Embassy in Jerusalem as dozens die in Gaza clashes

    GAZA  –The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border. At least 43 Palestinians were killed in Gaza as deadly protests took place ahead of and during the ceremony in Jerusalem — making it the deadliest day there since the 2014 Gaza war. President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, but in a […]

  • Willow Creek elders apologize for not taking allegations against former pastor seriously

    SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — Leaders at Willow Creek Community Church say they’re sorry they did not take allegations against their former pastor more seriously. Bill Hybels stepped down as the pastor at the Barrington Megachurch amidst allegations from several women that he behaved inappropriately. Elders from Willow Creek issued an apology, saying they initially were defending Hybels, when they should have been supportive of the accusers. Hybels has denied the allegations.

  • Former first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92

    Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. Only the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President (Abigail Adams was the first), Bush was seen as a plainspoken public figure who was instantly recognizable with her signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings. She became a major political figure as her […]

  • Watch Chicago kindergarten teacher get surprised with Golden Apple Award

    CHICAGO — Every year teachers across the Chicago area get special recognition in the form of a Golden Apple Award. It honors excellence in teaching. This year, a record-setting number of local teachers were nominated. — more than 650! And 10 have been chosen for the prestigious award. WGN’s cameras were rolling when Daneal Silvers was surprised with a Golden Apple Award. She is a kindergarten teacher Edison Regional Gifted Center. We just surprised Daneal Silvers with the Golden Apple Award […]

  • Austin explosion may have been triggered by tripwire, police say

    AUSTIN, Texas — An explosion that injured two men Sunday night could’ve been triggered by a tripwire, said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, after a fourth blast in the Texas city in little over two weeks. Authorities are working under the belief that the latest incident is connected to the previous three explosions in the city, Manley said. At this point, information is preliminary, he said early Monday morning, and police have yet to fully process the scene. Manley said […]

  • Loyola Ramblers’ biggest fan, 98-year-old Sister Jean, thrilled about team’s NCAA trip

    CHICAGO — The Loyola Ramblers are getting ready to play in their first NCAA tournament since 1985. The team arrived in Dallas Tuesday. Eleventh seed Loyola plays the 6th seed Miami Hurricanes Thursday afternoon.. It’s an extra special trip for the Ramblers’ No. 1 fan, 98-year-old Sister Jean! She’s been on WGN Morning News for many years giving her tournament picks. WGN’s Lauren Jiggetts spoke with her Wednesday about the excitement. Watch the full interview in the player above.

  • O.J. Simpson reveals ‘hypothetical’ murder details in 2006 interview

    O.J. Simpson gave what he says is a “hypothetical” take on the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. It was part of an interview recorded 12 years ago to promote Simpson’s book “If It Did It.” Fox aired the interview Sunday night. In the book, Simpson gives a hypothetical account of how he might have murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. In the interview,  Simpson shares his account for the very first time. […]

  • As scope of Weinstein conduct widens, questions of who knew

    NEW YORK — As the grim scope of the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein continued to expand Wednesday, the organization that bestows the Academy Awards moved to distance itself from the film mogul, Ben Affleck was forced to defend his own previous actions, and scrutiny fell on who knew what about the Weinstein’s behavior over the decades it allegedly took place. A key and potentially volatile component of Tuesday’s New Yorker expose was the claim that “a culture of complicity” has […]