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
  • Mother of missing Crystal Lake boy ‘uncooperative,’ police say

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Crystal Lake police Monday said there are no updates, arrests or new developments in the case of Andrew “AJ” Freund, a 5-year-old boy reported missing last week. Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski said the boy’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham, “continues to be uncooperative with police.” Last week, she hired a defense attorney because she felt police considered her a suspect. Andrew was reported missing Thursday. His parents told police they last saw him at bedtime Wednesday, around 9 […]

  • ‘Hell on earth’: Father speaks out as search for Crystal Lake boy continues

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The father of a missing Crystal Lake boy said the last 48 hours have been “hell of earth.” Andrew “AJ” Freund, 5, was reported missing Thursday. After an exhaustive search, police said there was “no indication” Andrew had been abducted. DCFS said the agency has had extensive contact with the family since Andrew was born in 2013 with opiates in his system. His father, also named Andrew Freund, spoke to reporters outside a police station Saturday: […]

  • Skokie Synagogue asking those not vaccinated not to attend Seder

    SKOKIE, Ill. — As families in the Jewish community gather for Seder, measles have become a unlikely yet growing concern. The Skokie Valley Synagogue held a free Seder Friday that was open to the public — as long as you’re vaccinated. “We’re aware there’s been a measles outbreak within a small sector of Jewish community,” Rabi Avi Hart said. “You can’t participate if you’re not vaccinated. It’s just not safe.” There’s a concern that measles could spread during the Passover […]

  • Parts discovered in alley behind Chicago Theatre not human, officials say

    CHICAGO — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that they body parts discovered in an alley behind The Chicago Theatre Friday are not human. “The five hearts found  … are non-human,” the examiner office said in a statement. Earlier Friday, police were investigating in the alley after a call about the discovery.   Body parts found in the alley behind the Chicago Theatre. Exclusive interview coming up on WGN news at 4 PM. Witnesses say it looked like […]

  • Alleged Burge victim to be released on bond

    CHICAGO — A man who says Chicago police tortured him into confessing to a crime he did not commit is about to walk out of prison for the first time in 30 years. On Thursday, a judge set bond at $20,000 for James Gibson. He’ll need to post 10 percent, or $2,000, to go free. The judge also set a special condition that Gibson wear an electronic monitor and live in Cook County. He will likely walk out of prison […]

  • Aunt shoots, kills pit bull after 9-year-old boy attacked

    CHICAGO — A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after being attacked by a pit bull at a relative’s home Wednesday night. The boy’s aunt fatally shot the 2-year-old dog, which attacked the boy inside a home in the 9800 block of South Indiana Avenue about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Chicago Police Department. The woman had a valid FOID card. The boy was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital. His condition had stabilized by Thursday morning. […]

  • Chicago Fire junior coach accused of fondling, grooming players

    CHICAGO — A soccer coach for the Chicago Fire junior league has been arrested for inappropriately touching and interacting with the teenage girls he coached. Prosecutors said Fernando Calderon, 49, was charged with felony aggravated sex abuse and indecent solicitation of a minor. Prosecutors said between 2017 and 2018 he inappropriately interacted with three female players on his team. Prosecutors said in one case he offered to have sex with a 14-year-old. In another incident he rubbed a player’s breasts […]

  • 1 dead, 1 in critical condition following Chicago Lawn shooting

    CHICAGO — One person is dead and another in critical condition following a shooting in Chicago Lawn. A woman, 23, and a man, 26, were at a Mobil gas station in the 6000 block of South Western Avenue when someone opened fire about 12:50 p.m. Saturday, according to the Chicago Police Department. It appears the victims were cleaning the car. The woman was shot in her head and pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital. She is the 18th woman to […]

  • Ald. Burke linked to new bribery charges against real estate developer

    CHICAGO — A real estate developer and local immigration attorney has been indicted for his alleged role in the Ald. Ed Burke corruption investigation. Charles Cui, 48, is accused of giving the powerful alderman legal business in exchange for favors at Chicago City Hall. Federal prosecutors allege Cui lied to FBI investigators, and bribed Burke to get signage approved for a vacant building Cui was trying to redevelop in 2017. Cui, who owns multiple buildings on Irving Park Road, is […]

  • Vote delayed on Lincoln Yards, ‘The 78’ developments

    CHICAGO — The city’s Finance Committee has delayed a vote on two large-scale development projects that would receive a combined $1.6 billion in tax-increment-financing subsidies. The vote was set for 10 a.m. Monday. Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Sunday asked aldermen to instead host a hearing on the matter. Fifteen minutes before the scheduled vote, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would delay the vote “out of respect.” The committee’s chairman, Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), agreed. At the center of the […]

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