Chicago native Lauren Magiera joined the WGN News team in April 2016 as the station’s first female sports anchor and reporter.

Magiera came to WGN News from the NFL Green Bay Packers, where she was a co-host of a weekly 30 minute pre-game show with Packers Hall of Famer Larry McCarren. In addition to the pre-game show, Magiera produced weekly feature stories, hosted home games as the field reporter, and created online content for Packers.com.

Prior to her time with the Green Bay Packers, Magiera worked for several stations in a sports capacity. In 2008, Lauren joined ABC Alaska KIMO/FOX as the station’s sports director. After nearly 2 years with ABC, Lauren joined NBC Alaska KTUU as a sports reporter. In 2012, Lauren made her way back to the Midwest, taking the job as sports director-producer-reporter at ABC Wausau WAOW-TV in Wisconsin before eventually making her way to Green Bay.

A college athlete, Magiera graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications on a full ride gymnastics scholarship. As one of Chicago’s Very Own, Magiera grew up in the Northwest suburbs and is a graduate of Barrington High School.


Recent Articles
  • White Sox pitcher turns to neurofeedback to get his head in the game

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Professional athletes know how to train their bodies, but this offseason, one White Sox pitcher worked to get his head in the game by giving his mind a new workout. Through neurofeedback, White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease uses different kinds of mind games to help improve focus and regulate stress, anxiety and emotions. It’s been used for years by mental health professionals to help treat patients with seizures, attention deficit disorder, depression, PTSD and autism. Cease isn’t […]

  • Addison Russell’s ex-wife speaks to WGN about domestic violence allegations

    WGN Exclusive With the Chicago Cubs season ended, Major League Baseball is expected to rule soon on one of its players – Addison Russell. The League launched an investigation after allegations of abuse and harassment from his ex-wife. Melisa Reidy-Russell shared her story with WGN’s Lauren Magiera. On the way to the 2016 World Series Cubs short-stop Russell was in a slump. For newly married baseball wife, Reidy-Russell, the experience wasn’t what she expected. “I remember when he hit the […]

  • Are you fit enough to be an FBI Special Agent? Here’s what it takes

    CHICAGO — For would-be FBI agents, one obstacle often looms large on their way towards Quantico: the physical fitness test. According to recruiting coordinator Siovhan Johnson, as people retire and the agency seeks to add agents with diverse skills and backgrounds, they’re always looking to hire. With an increase in cyber crimes, they’re bumping their hiring goal from 700 new agents a year to 900 this year alone. “The biggest challenge we have is people underestimate the physical fitness test, that’s why we’re […]

  • Three sisters building elite gymnasts in West Dundee

    THREE SISTERS AND THE REST OF THIER FAMILY, HAVE BANNED TOGETHER TO OPEN A GYMNASTICS GYM IN WEST DUNDEE, AT ELITE CORE GYMNASTICS THEY PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH. BALANCE, OVERCOMING FEAR AND, AND *BUILDING MUSCLES* GOES HAND IN HAND, WITH BUILDING *CHARACTER.

  • Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon inspires players through art

    The Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is credited for helping the team win the 2016 World Series. Now he’s teaming up with artist Jason Skeldon to inspire players through cool artwork! Maddon and Skeldon will be selling their artwork on August 10th from 7-8:30pm at Harry Caray’s & the Chicago Sports Museum.  All proceeds will be donated to Joe & Jaye Maddon’s Charity. Find out more information here: https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=eventDetail&ID=509001003&eventSessionID=13267&LocID=509001&refresh=true

  • Chicago Golf Club preps for first ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open

    WHEATON, Ill. — For the first time in more than three decades, the USGA is teeing up a new open championship. The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Championship comes to the Chicago Golf Club July 12th through the 15th. The field is stacked with 16 U.S. Women’s Open champions, including Pat Bradley who won a major just down the road at La Grange Country Club in 1981. “As a player, I wish it happened 17 years ago,” explained Bradley. “But, it’s […]

  • NASCAR heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Stars & Stripes weekend

    JOLIET, Ill. — NASCAR’s Stars & Stripes weekend is coming to Chicagoland Speedway June 29 through July 1st. It’s four days of action-packed racing. Plus, plenty of fun for the whole family. You can even get a Pit Pass to walk the red carpet and meet your favorite drivers. Speaking of all access, Lauren Magiera got the ultimate behind the scenes experience to get prepped for race day, going behind the wheel to see what it’s like to be in […]

  • White Sox’s Nicky Delmonico fights addiction nightmare for MLB dream

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — It took Nicky Delmonico only 43 Major League games to become a fan favorite after his August 1st call-up last year. Nine home runs and 23 RBI in two months of work will do that. But it was a rocky road to the South Side for the White Sox slugger, paved with an addiction that almost forced him to give up the game all together.

  • Curlers battle it out on the ice — then share a drink after

    CHICAGO — The Olympics always spark interest in a wide range of winter sports, but while it’s hard for the average fan to pick up ski jumping, the quirky game of curling is a different story. WGN’s Lauren Magiera hit the ice to learn the basics of curling at the Park at Wrigley, just outside Wrigley Field, where a special exhibition of the sport is on display through Wednesday, February 14. Once you learn the basics of how to curl, Lauren […]

  • Joe Maddon feeds 150 homeless to kick off Cubs Convention week

    CHICAGO — Joe Maddon kicked off Cubs Convention week with his annual “Thanksmas Dinner.” Maddon and wife Jaye prepared and served home-cooked Italian meals to more than 150 homeless men and women at Catholic Charities on North LaSalle. Happy Thanksmas! @CubsJoeMadd, Ryne Sandberg and coaches serve dinner to more than 150 homeless community members as part of our community service week! pic.twitter.com/auU5OKXro9 — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 10, 2018 Cubs coaches joined in to help Maddon as the event raises awareness […]

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