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
  • Is indoor skydiving riskier than you think?

    CHICAGO — iFly opened its first indoor skydiving location in Illinois in 2014. The vertical wind tunnels are now open in Rosemont, Naperville and Lincoln Park, and many people say it’s a great time. You get the rush of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. Records from the Illinois Department of Labor, though, show at least 18 accidents at those facilities. The state relies on iFly to self-report any incidents. State records show you are more likely […]

  • Archdiocese announces more closures, consolidations for Chicago parishes

    CHICAGO — More Catholic parishes and schools are set to merge, consolidate or close. Hegewisch and Burnham, Lemont, Lincoln Square, Milwaukee Avenue North and the East Little Village Renew My Church are all impacted by the changes. Parishoners gather Friday night for a meeting at St. Thecla the Arch that was at times heated and emotional. Church leadership said consolidation is necessary.   Below is a detailed outlined provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago. It also available on their website. […]

  • CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson expected to announce retirement soon: report

    CHICAGO — The city may be saying goodbye to its top cop a lot sooner than originally expected. The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson will be making a retirement announcement this week. However, the chief spokesman for the Chicago Police Department could neither confirm nor deny reports that Johnson’s departure could be imminent. On Monday, Johnson admitted that he has been “toying with” retirement “for some time.” Johnson made these comments to reporters at City Hall […]

  • Johnson says he’s ‘toying with’ retirement; Sources say he will be gone by end of the year

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson admitted Monday that he has been “toying with” retirement “for some time.” Johnson made these comments to reporters at City Hall during a break in the Police Department’s 2020 budget hearing. He did not say he is definitely retiring, just that he’s thinking about it. And he said the timing has absolutely nothing to do with the inspector general’s investigation of him after he was found slumped over in his car last month. […]

  • Single mom says police raided home, won’t pay for damage

    NORRIDGE, Ill. — A resident in the Village of Norridge said police raided her home, broke her windows and her basement door, and now won’t pay for the damage. Kathy Smith said she was at work Sept. 17 when she saw armed police officers on her front porch. She spoke with them through her home security system, before rushing home where her son and two dogs were inside. Smith said police used her son as a human shield during the […]

  • Parents concerned after finding out volunteer Lake Park HS football coach is convicted sex offender

    ROSELLE, Ill. — The fallout continues at Lake Park High School in Roselle after parents say they discovered a volunteer football coach is a convicted sex offender. Frank Battaglia, 72, of Elmhurst was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in DuPage County in 1992 when he was in his 40s. Court records said he fondled a girl who was between 13 and 17 years old. He was sentenced to two years’ probation and counseling and was ordered not to teach […]

  • Special education staffer charged with using excessive force on students

    GAGES LAKE, Ill. — A Waukegan man was arrested Friday for allegedly abusing children with special needs at school. Authorities said they were first found out about the abuse in May. Police said two paraprofessionals at Gages Lake School were routinely abusing children and it was caught on camera. Gages Lake School is a therapeutic day school for early childhood through 6th grade for students with significant emotional and behavioral needs. Nicholas Izquierdo, 30, of Waukegan, was a paraprofessional for […]

  • ‘He was on the right side of history’: Middle schoolers in fight to change name of Douglas Park to Douglass Park

    CHICAGO — A group of middle schoolers have been fighting for nearly three years to change the name of Douglas Park to better reflect the neighborhood. Douglas Park is the size of nearly 25 Solider Fields. It has a boat house, a lagoon, mini golf, five players, a soccer field and an outdoor swimming pool. But when you ask a group of middle schoolers what it means to them, you get a different story. “Gun violence, human trafficking, police brutality, […]

  • 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, […]

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