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
  • ‘I’ll remember him forever’: Vigil held in honor of Aurora shooting victims

    AURORA, Ill. — Hundreds attended a prayer vigil Sunday afternoon in remembrance of five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in suburban Aurora on Friday. Crosses were put up in memory of Vicente Juarez, Trevor Wehner, Josh Pinkard, Clayton Parks and Russell Beyer, as family members, friends and strangers gathered to remember the victims. “It just means a lot that it doesn’t matter what banner you’re under but that we can all be one family,” attendee Diane […]

  • 5 employees dead, 5 officers wounded in Aurora shooting; gunman killed by police

    AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]

  • Victims identified in Aurora shooting; gunman had prior felony conviction

    AURORA, Ill. — Police have identified the five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in Aurora on Friday. The shooting began at 1:24 p.m. at Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Police said gunman Gary Martin, 45, likely brought his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to work because he knew he was being fired from his job of 15 years. Martin, who […]

  • 1-year-old shot in head remains on life support, $35,000 reward offered for information

    CHICAGO — A family is praying for a miracle Sunday night, as one-year-old Dejohn Irving remains in very critical condition after he was shot in the head during a drive-by three days ago. This past Thursday, the one-year-old, known as Chase to his family, was sitting in a car with his two siblings, his mother, and his grandmother on the Far South Side when someone shot into their car, hitting the one-year-old in the head. His family says he’s been on life […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for Monday; snow, rain could cause icy road conditions

    The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a good portion of the Chicago area, calling for a wintry mix of freezing rain, drizzle and wet snow beginning Monday evening. After spreading north and east, the system then will change over to all snow Tuesday, accumulating three to six inches in counties along the Illinois-Wisconsin border, with lesser amounts south. Snow should end from the west later Tuesday evening. The Winter Weather Advisory will be in […]

  • 3 charged with murdering Naperville man found in trash can

    WHEATON, Ill. — A Rockford man, his mother and his girlfriend were denied bail Saturday in the murder of a Naperville man found dead in a trash can. Michael Armendariz, 20, was reported missing January 18th, 2018. He had last been seen four days earlier, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors allege Armendariz left his Naperville apartment shortly after 9 p.m. Jan. 14, 2018, after receiving a Snapchat from 21-year-old Cassandra Green. Armendariz got into Green’s SUV. […]

  • Illinois leaders call upon EPA to shut down Sterigenics

    CHICAGO — Local officials are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to shut down the Willowbrook Sterigenics plant before anyone else gets sick. Leaders gathered in the lobby of the EPA headquarters Friday to send a message: The EPA is supposed to keep the public safe and it’s time that they stepped in to protect the people of Willowbrook. Sterigenics uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment, pharmaceutical drugs and food. People who live nearby said that chemical is giving […]

  • $100K worth of high-end bikes stolen; Police seek suspects in string of burglaries

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are investigating a string of thefts of high-end bicycles from shops across the city. More than $100,000 worth of high-end bikes have been stolen from at least seven bike shops in Chicago and Evanston since the end of 2018. The most recent burglary was reported Thursday at Big City Bikes at 2425 N Ashland Ave. Security camera footage showed a pattern in which two to three men with their faces shrouded in masks and hoodies get […]

  • Police open ‘false report’ investigation into Chicago Ald. Moreno

    CHICAGO — Detectives have opened an investigation into whether a Chicago alderman filed a false police report. It comes less than a day after WGN Investigates reported on the strange circumstances surrounding Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno’s claim that his car had been stolen. The alderman calls it a “misunderstanding” between him and a woman he says he used to date. She spent the night in jail and has been charged with a misdemeanor after police arrested her driving the alderman’s […]

  • A Chicago alderman, a stolen car and the single mother he claims he was trying to help

    CHICAGO — Chicago Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno said his car was stolen. He filed a police report last month declaring the alleged theft. Now, Moreno says it was all just a big misunderstanding. WGN’s Meghan Dwyer spoke to the woman behind the wheel — a single mother who said she was shocked to be arrested after Moreno loaned her the car. Watch the full WGN Investigates report in the video player above.

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