Meghan Dwyer is an Emmy-Award-winning reporter who joined Chicago’s Very Own WGN news team in March 2017.

Prior to joining WGN, Meghan was an investigative reporter at WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While reporting for WITI, her investigative stories led to multiple changes in state law.

Her journalism career started in 2011 at CBS affiliate WIFR in Rockford, IL, where she was a crime and legal reporter. In 2013, she won the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best TV News Reporter. Her work has also been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press, the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

She has won seven regional Emmys for her investigative reporting, and has been nominated for sixteen others. She was also an IRE Award Finalist in 2015 for her series Speaking up for Special Needs.

Meghan earned her Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also has a law degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where she was an associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal. Meghan was a corporate litigator in Chicago before changing careers in 2011.

Meghan serves on the Board of Directors for Rainbows for All Children.

Recent Articles
  • Texas family of woman who died from Legionnaires’ disease sues Northwestern Hospital

    CHICAGO — A woman was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a clinical trial, and less than a month later, she died. Her family is now suing the hospital. Carol Ruiz was only 35 years old when she died at the hospital in November 2017. She was in a clinical trial for multiple sclerosis, and attorneys for her family said it was the hospital’s water that ultimately killed her. The lawsuit filed Friday claims Northwestern should have kept the water […]

  • Man loses entire family when neighbor shoots, kills 5 in Northwest Side condo building

    CHICAGO — A fifth person is dead Sunday after a man went on a shooting rampage against his neighbors in a Northwest Side condominium complex Saturday night. A 67-year-old retired construction worker who had lived in the building in the Dunning neighborhood for 15 years attacked his neighbors with a handgun around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. “When he walked into that neighbor’s apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner. For reasons we don’t yet know, […]

  • Police say teens likely targeted in shooting outside mall that left 18-year-old dead

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — Calumet City police say they believe a shooting outside a mall Thursday night that left an 18-year-old young woman dead was targeted and not random. According to police, officers arrived at the River Oaks Center around 6 p.m. after hearing reports of gunfire at the mall. A group of teenagers scattered at the scene, but two of them were shot. An unidentified 17-year-old boy was wounded, and 18-year-old Christin Ross was also shot, and passed away […]

  • Authorities: 4 dead, 1 critical following apartment shooting on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Four people are dead and a woman is in critical condition following an apartment shooting Saturday night on the Northwest Side, Chicago police said. At around 5:30 p.m., authorities were dispatched to the 6700 block of West Irving Park Road on a shots fired call. Five people were reportedly shot inside an apartment building. Four people died, three men and one woman. Chicago police said  67-year-old man, a retired construction worker, known to the apartment, shot four people […]

  • ‘Opt out, say no:’ Protestors against proposed Northbrook marijuana dispensary

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Around 50 protestors marched Saturday in Northbrook to speak out against a proposed marijuana dispensary. With many signs donning the phrase “opt out, just say no,” the protestors feel like village officials are not listening to them. “Listen to the people who live here. Don’t ignore their feeling, their thoughts, “Northbrook resident Haital Bi said. “To protect their kids in the future.” This summer, Northbrook heard a proposal for the first marijuana dispensary that would be located […]

  • ‘The ball is in the mayor’s court’: CTU provides update following ‘angry’ Friday

    CHICAGO — CTU President Jesse Sharkey said negotiations were better Saturday with the city following a “sullen and angry” Friday. On Saturday, CTU said their latest bargaining effort “does not solve all outstanding issues,” but is hopeful it will lead to a contract and settlement. The union said they modified their original proposal on asking for one restorative justice officer in each and every school. The union said they provided a framework to phase in those positions over time. Members […]

  • Sen. Sandoval resigns as Transportation Committee chairman; unredacted search warrant released

    CHICAGO — Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval has resigned from his position as Transportation Committee chairman the same day an unredacted copy of a search warrant was released, and just hours before another resignation. In a letter addressed to Secretary Tim Anderson Friday, Sandoval (D-Cicero) said, “Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-1(d), effective immediately, I am resigning as Chairperson of the Senate Transportation Committee.” The 55-year-old state senator did not offer a reason for the resignation. Sandoval was faced with mounting pressure […]

  • Pritzker task force report recommends consolidating pension funds

    CHICAGO — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker wants to consolidate nearly 650 downstate and suburban police and firefighter pension funds. It took eight months for the governor and his task force to come up with the plan, which was announced Thursday. He wants to create a statewide pension system and Chicago will not be part of it, at least not yet. The governor claims his proposal for a statewide pension system will save taxpayers, give retirees what they need and save […]

  • The politics of bail reform: Part II

    Simply having an illegal gun in Illinois not considered a violent crime CHICAGO — Chicago’s street violence was raging this summer, and so was debate over how to solve the problem. Chicago police say they’re frustrated, and claim they arrest people for having guns, only to see them back out on the streets soon after. Raheem Hinton, 20, is a case in point. Police arrested Hinton on Aug. 27 for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Initially, a […]

  • The politics of bail reform: Part I

    Chicago police question bail in gun cases CHICAGO — Chicago police say they see it all too often. Officers arrest someone for illegal gun possession, and the next day that person walks out of jail. Police officials say changes to Cook County’s bail system are partly to blame. But is that true? WGN Investigates reviewed data on every felony gun case from two of the city’s most historically violent weekends: Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Here’s what we found:  A […]

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