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
  • Chicagoans among millions threatened by potentially deadly heat wave

    For the latest weather updates, visit CHICAGO — A dangerous and potentially deadly heat wave threatens much of the continental United States, including Chicago, with dozens of record high temperatures both in the daytime and in the evening expected this weekend. The storms pushed back the start time of the National Weather Service’s Excessive Heat Warning for the Chicago area, which will now go into effect at 10 a.m. Friday and last until late Saturday. Over 700 flights have […]

  • Michael Avenatti says R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he allegedly assaulted

    CHICAGO — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. “I’d be very surprised if Mr. Kelly ever sees the light of day again outside of federal custody at this point in his life,” he said. At a news conference at the Four Seasons Monday in Chicago, Avenatti […]

  • Feds bring new sex crimes charges against singer R. Kelly

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for decades. Because they come from the federal government, the accusations add a new dimension to the allegations against Kelly, who was already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors earlier this […]

  • Family questions police after driver of fatal hit-and-run receives minimal charges

    CHICAGO — The family of a man who was fatally hit by a car is asking police for answers regarding the driver’s minimal consequences. On June 20, Jesus Vilchez, 52, was trying to buy a cell phone from someone he met on the social media site Letgo, but instead he was fatally hit by the car on Liberty Street near Halsted Street. The car then fled the scene. Now, his family is asking why there haven’t been more consequences for […]

  • Man shot, killed by police after Elgin couple says they were kidnapped

    CHICAGO — A 41-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a suburban couple was killed after being shot by Chicago police. Just before 7 a.m. Monday, an off-duty police officer was driving in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood when he saw two people running down the street, handcuffed together, yelling out for help. The Elgin couple told the officer they had been kidnapped in the suburbs and brought to an apartment building in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue. Elgin police said […]

  • Man, pregnant woman stabbed in the Loop

    CHICAGO — Two people, including a pregnant woman, were hospitalized after being stabbed in the Loop. Police said there was a group of six people standing near the100 block of East Washington Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday evening when a car pulled up that was not their ride share. Police said a fight then broke out. Police said they believe the people who got in the car knew the driver of the car. The driver ended up stabbing a 26-year-old […]

  • Wrong family takes man off life support after mistaken identity

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago families have filed a lawsuit over a case of mistaken identity after the wrong family decided to take a man off life support. Alfonso Bennet’s family thought he was in a coma. Authorities told the family he was found naked and beaten underneath a car in April on the South Side. His family prayed for him, transferred him to hospice and made medical decisions for him. However, they weren’t totally convinced he was really him. Cannon […]

  • 2 teens in custody for fatal shooting of Gary 16-year-old over Xbox

    GARY, Ind. — Lake County officials said they took two teens into custody after they allegedly fatally shot a 16-year-old last month while he was trying to sell them his Xbox. Johnny Peluyera, 16, was shot and killed June 12 while he was with his father meeting up with two people near 51st and Maryland streets in Gary to sell the teen’s gaming system. The two arranged the meeting using an online sales app. The boy’s father said he knew […]

  • Illinois gas, cigarette taxes increase today: What you need to know

    CHICAGO — The price of gas and cigarettes ticked up in Illinois Monday, as state officials aim to raise $45 billion to fund their road and infrastructure plan called “Rebuild Illinois.” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says the plan is to repair what’s broken and build what’s needed. “Frankly, it’s all in the name: ‘rebuild Illinois,’” Pritzker said Monday. The first gas tax increase since 1990 doubles doubles it from 19 cents to 38 cents a gallon, costing the average Illinois driver […]

  • Prtizker signs $45B infrastructure bill; gas, cigarette tax hikes begin Monday

    CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of new bills Friday that make up the $45 billion plan to upgrade roads, bridges, parks and university buildings statewide. It will be paid for by revenue from gas and cigarette tax hikes. Starting Monday, the state’s 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax will double, and the cigarette tax will rise by $1 from the current $1.98. The money will also come from expanded gambling, including new casinos in Chicago and the suburbs, as […]

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