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

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
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  • At last, the Bears-Packers 2019 season opener has arrived

    CHICAGO – The Bears’ 2019 campaign begins just short of nine months since the 2018 season ended, but for Kyle Long it seemed more like nine minutes. “The ball hits the goalpost, you snap your fingers, and you’re here, honestly,” said the offensive lineman, referring to Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal that ended the Bears’ season in a Wild Card game loss to the Eagles. “It was really quick.” Some might disagree. The wait for the start of the […]

  • Bears host flag football tournament for 200 Special Olympics athletes

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  • Cirque du Soleil VOLTA creates fierce competition

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    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 […]

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

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