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
  • Chicago man says HD Supply allowed racist figurine to be displayed at warehouse

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. — A Chicago man said his employer allowed a racist figurine to be displayed in a warehouse where he works in Northlake. Throughout the country, there has been a movement to take down Confederate monuments across the country. Stores have stopped selling Confederate flags. The warehouse worker, Fredrick Smith, spoke to WGN and said he wants know why he was expected to work alongside those symbols at his job. He said he had to walk by the Confederate […]

  • Missing teen and 7-month-old son from Crown Point found safe; Silver Alert canceled

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — A Silver Alert has been canceled for a missing 16-year-old girl and her 7-month-old baby. Crown Point police announced Friday morning the teen and infant boy have been located and are are safely back in the custody of the Indiana Department of Children and Family Services. The teen turned herself, along with her son, into the Gary Police Department around 8 a.m., according to officials. A Silver Alert was issued Thursday for the mother and son. […]

  • 4 South Side hospitals to close, merge into new healthcare system

    CHICAGO — Four South Side hospitals are closing their doors and residents are now worried about what’s to come. Instead of closing outright they are joining forces to form a new healthcare system for the South Side. For years Advocate Trinity, Mercy Hospital, South Shore Hospital and St Bernard hospital have been trying to figure out what to do. The safety net hospitals said keeping up with their old buildings and outdated medical equipment has become too expensive. “I think […]

  • Investigators use DNA to identify teen’s killer in 1970s cold case, say other victims likely

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Decades after 16-year-old Pamela Maurer was sexually assaulted, strangled and left on the side of the road in Lisle, officials said Monday they’ve found her killer — and believe he had other victims throughout the 1970s. Investigators say genetic clues pointed them towards Bruce Lindahl, who fatally stabbed himself while committing another murder in 1981, because police had the good sense in 1976 to preserve what is called DNA evidence today. “We finally put a name […]

  • Cleanup begins after storms thrash shores of Lake Michigan, cause flooding

    CHICAGO — Some Rogers Park residents are cleaning up and drying out Sunday after storms caused flooding across the lakefront this weekend. Huge waves continue to pound the shores of Lake Michigan after the first major winter storm of the season caused damage and flooding that even stranded vehicles near the lakefront Saturday. Now many Chicagoans are dealing with the aftermath. “I’ve lived here 31 years; [it’s the] worst I’ve ever seen,” Ron Dulin said. “The water just keeps on […]

  • Airports cancel flights Saturday as winter storm brings snow, sleet to Chicago area

    CHICAGO — Over 1,000 flights were canceled Saturday as a winter storm hit the area bringing heavy winds, snow and rain. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for McHenry and DeKalb counties. Freezing rain hit the Chicago area overnight Saturday into the morning. Forecasters are predicting as much as seven inches of snow with the most of it falling north of the city. Slick and hazardous travel conditions should persist during the day and then […]

  • North Shore, Rogers Park hit by heavy lake flooding Saturday

    CHICAGO — Over 50 mph winds and a Lakeshore Flood Warning hit the North Shore and Rogers Park hard Saturday. Water is where you would normally see a volleyball court at Toby Prinz Beach Park Saturday night. “The water levels are way higher than I’ve ever seen it before,” Rogers Park resident Sean Sickener said. “It’s the worst ever.” Despite the blistering cold and blowing snow, a whole lot of people came out to see the sights. Evanston police had […]

  • Chicago pastor charged with stealing thousands from federal program

    CHICAGO — A Chicago pastor was indicted Friday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a federal program intended to feed needy kids. The State Board of Education said he got the money without having to undergo a background check. At first, neighbors thought Rev. Clarence Smith Jr. of Lawndale’s New Life Impact Church was going to do something good for the block. “He was coming around in Jordans and Bentleys and new cars,” Ravin Cosey said. “I’m like, […]

  • Officials searching for coyote after several sightings, boy bitten in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO — Animal Care and Control is on the hunt for a coyote who attacked a child in Lincoln Park, and now a second attack is under investigation. Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a 6-year-old boy was attacked and bitten on the side of his head outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Two sophomores at DePaul University said they were out for a run Wednesday when they heard screaming. “Once I got across the street, I could see […]

  • IG report: Former Whitney Young swim coach rented out pool, kept money for himself

    CHICAGO — A former swim coach and security guard at Whitney Young High School has been accused of stealing at least $30,000 from CPS, according to a new inspector general report. Andy Parro allegedly rented out the school’s pool between 2013-2016 and then pocketed the money. The inspector general’s end of the year report details how Parro, now the swim coach at Illinois Institute of Technology, allegedly leased the pool for off-the-books cash. It’s not the first time he’s been […]

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