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
  • Both of Jason Van Dyke’s daughters threatened at school

    CHICAGO — Both of Jason Van Dyke’s daughters were threatened Thursday, prompting the officer to leave the courthouse. The judge in his case then threatened to revoke bail. Tensions remained high in the city as threats of violence have hung like a cloud over the high-profile trial. On Friday, a jury found Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 fatal shooting on Laquan McDonald, guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. They found him not […]

  • Family grieving after 3-year-old boy, 2 others killed in multi-car crash in South Side

    CHICAGO — A family is grieving after a 3-year-old boy, his father and his father’s friend were killed in four-car accident following a police chase Monday night. Three other people were injured in the accident. Cabari Turner, 3, Antonio Cowan, 24, and Chrishawn Turner, 25, were killed after a car accident on 69th Street and Loomis Boulevard around 7 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood. The 3-year-old was ejected from the back seat of a car after the car he was in was hit […]

  • About 400 guns stolen from Tennessee recovered in Chicago suburb; 1 suspect at large

    CHICAGO — One man is in custody and authorities are searching for another man after police discovered 400 stolen guns in the men’s U-Haul. The men were allegedly planning to sell the guns  on the streets of Chicago this weekend. WGN News has confirmed one of the men who allegedly stole those guns was out on bond. He was supposed to be monitored by the Cook County Sheriff. The man police are searching for was supposed to be under electronic […]

  • Trump agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, delaying Senate vote

    WASHINGTON — Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats’ demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault. Kavanaugh’s nomination had appeared back on track earlier Friday when he cleared a key hurdle at the Senate Judiciary Committee. But that advance came with an asterisk. Flake indicated he […]

  • Prosecutors accuse Van Dyke’s attorneys of purposefully striking black jurors

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors twice on Wednesday accused defense attorneys for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of purposefully eliminating black jury prospects in the Laquan McDonald case. The defense team hit back with its own challenge Wednesday afternoon — citing the fact that prosecutors used four of their five peremptory strikes to block white men. The state’s second accusation came after defense attorneys used a peremptory strike to cut a 22-year-old black man who only answered half the questions on […]

  • Measure banning horse-drawn carriages in Chicago on hold

    CHICAGO — A full city council vote on a measure that would prevent horse-drawn carriage owners from renewing their licenses is on hold. The ordinance is being held in committee.  The committee chair wants to do more research. If passed, the ordinance would effectively put Chicago horse-drawn carriage owners out of business. Those in favor of banning carriages cite safety concerns as well as the welfare of the horses. But carriage owners say the horses are well cared for and their […]

  • Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation off to raucous, partisan start

    WASHINGTON — Between outbursts from protesters and outrage from Democrats, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee got off to a rough start Tuesday. The fight over Kavanaugh’s record is intensifying after the Trump White House decided to withhold more than 100,000 pages of documents over the weekend, citing Constitutional privilege. The documents cover Kavanaugh’s time working for President George W. Bush as White House counsel, which the candidate has said were his most formative. […]

  • Chicago cop promoted despite misconduct lawsuit, investigation

    CHICAGO — Sex in the parking lot of the 14th District police station. Inappropriate sexual acts in squad cars. Married police officers having affairs with colleagues on the job. Those are just some of the allegations hurled at Chicago Police Lt. Gerald Breimon in a pending lawsuit. Despite the accusations, Breimon in May was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant after passing a promotion exam. His new job came with a raise to a $124,000 annual salary. Former colleague and paramour […]

  • 2 children die after being pulled from Kankakee River; father in custody

    SCHNEIDER, Ind. — Two children in Indiana died after drowning in the Kankakee River Tuesday night. Police said the boys’ father, Eric Patillo, 34, was using drugs and did not notice the boys going under. Patillo has been arrested on two counts of felony neglect. Police said Patillo did drugs while his boys, Evan Patillo, 2, and Levi Patillo, 4, drowned in the river. Investigators are searching for another man, Jesse Linter, 31, who was at the river. Linter was also […]

  • 2 men charged with being Iranian spies, monitoring Chicago Jewish centers

    WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against two men accused of being spies for the Iranian government and conducting surveillance near the University of Chicago. Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani were arrested earlier this month for allegedly working as spies for the Iranian government. Doostdar is a U.S. citizen. Ghorbani is a legal permanent resident of the United States. “Doostdar and Ghorbani are alleged to have acted on behalf of Iran, including by conducting surveillance of political opponents […]