Micah Materre is an Emmy award winning journalist and anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and the WGN News at Nine and Ten. Prior to being appointed anchor of the WGN News at Nine in 2009, she was co-anchor of WGN Midday News from January, 2003 to October, 2009.

Micah joined Chicago’s WGN-TV in January 1998 as a WGN Morning News co-anchor and medical reporter. Micah has anchored all of the newscasts at WGN, as well as covering entertainment news and special assignment stories, including the historic inauguration of America’s first black President. In addition, Micah reports and co-produces the “Chicago’s Very Own” bi-weekly segment for WGN News and she is the host of WGN’s public affairs program, “People to People”.

Micah is one of Chicago’s very own as she was born here and grew up in the city. Micah spent eight years at WJBK-TV in Detroit where she was a main anchor and general assignment reporter. While at WJBK, Micah’s work garnered numerous awards and accolades, including an Emmy and an award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Prior to moving to the Motor City, Micah cut her teeth in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor.
She began her career in broadcasting in 1983 at NPR affiliate, WBEZ radio in Chicago, producing and reporting for four years. In addition, she taught radio production at Columbia College. Micah has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist and broadcaster.

In 2014, Micah received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy, and was also honored as being a diversity trailblazer by Barnes and Thornburg LLP.

She has been featured in several local and national publications over the years, including the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Chicago Woman, ‘Who’s Who’ in Black Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine and RedEye.

She serves as commentator, mistress of ceremonies and honorary chairperson to several community and civic organizations across Chicagoland. Micah is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Children’s Choir and serves on Tutoring Chicago’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the civic organization, Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • Chicago teacher’s book helps pre-K students cope with death

    CHICAGO — A Chicago preschool teacher is helping kids process grief with a picture book inspired by her 4-year-old niece, who died of a rare autoimmune disease in 2009. Michelle Redd owns Building Blocks Learning Academy at 1120 W. 69th St. She began to notice the need for class discussions about death after her niece, Taylor Michelle Russell, died of macrophage activation syndrome in 2009. Taylor had attended Building Blocks, and her classmates had one question: Where’s Taylor? “Most times […]

  • Couple in the shoe business aims to strike out ALS — one step at a time

    CHICAGO — Nearly 6,000 people die every year in the U.S. from ALS. It’s a deadly disease with no known cure. But a husband-and-wife team and local shoe store owners are putting their best foot forward to combat the disease. Athletic his entire life, Brian Andre said he began to struggle physically while playing sports a few years ago “I noticed I started with a weakness in my upper arm followed that with weakness developing in my left leg,” he […]

  • Mother Wade’s love for community knows no bounds

    CHICAGO — There aren’t too many people on Chicago’s South Side and beyond who don’t know “Mother Wade.” Josephine Wade came to Chicago from Arkansas. The daughter of sharecroppers, she knew what it was like to be poor and dreamed of a better life. Wade opened Captain’s Hardtimes restaurant with her husband in 1986. Located in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, it’s now known as Josephine’s Cooking. She now co-owns it with her son Victor Love. She has hosted Heads of State, […]

  • Travel agent helps show kids the world at Austin storefront

    CHICAGO — She lost her grandson to gun violence seven years ago.  Since then, Crystal Dyer has worked tirelessly to steer young people away from a life of crime and into a bright future. In 2011, Devin Dyer was shot and killed while attending a birthday party in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, just days after his own 18th birthday. Devin’s grandmother, Crystal Dyer was living in Atlanta at the time. “So I came back to Chicago and moved in with my son,” […]

  • Teen on a mission to bring fresh produce to picky eaters and those in need

    CHICAGO — If you can’t get your kids to eat those peas or carrots, you may want to enlist the help of Chicago’s Very Own Namrita Narula. The 17-year-old has found a way to introduce vegetables to the little ones while also helping those who are less fortunate. Once a week, she helps preschoolers tend a garden at Highland Park Community Nursery School. The garden is just part of Narula’s bigger mission. In 2015, she founded “Seeds of Knowledge,” a […]

  • Sixth grader starting movement to show homeless they’re ‘Never Alone’

    CHICAGO — Every Thursday, 11-year-old Joseph Antoniazzi and his family begin prepping for their weekly visit to Chicago’s homeless. Last winter, Joseph’s brother Vincent Kampstra says he received a call from his then 10-year-old brother asking if he would take him to donate a bag of clothing to the homeless. On a Sunday afternoon with just one bag of clothing and a pound of chili, the two headed to the city. “We started with a pound of ground beef and […]

  • Local veteran helps bring deep sea statue to America – then finally sees it

    It’s one of the most popular underwater tourist attractions in the world, a 9 foot statue of Christ located just below the ocean in the Florida Keys. The 400 pound bronze statue of Christ was a gift from the Italians to American divers. But it was a Korean War veteran from Chicago who was instrumental in delivering the statue to its permanent home. Gabriel Spataro is one of Chicago’s Very Own.

  • Couple turns hardship into helping others

    AURORA, Ill. — All three of their children were born with a terminal disease, but an Aurora couple discovered a way to turn hardship into helping others. Bob and Sonya Evanosky are two of Chicago’s very own.

  • Former youth minister turned producer has Hollywood calling

    CHICAGO — Local Christian movie producer Eric Groth is a former high school youth minister and coach. He’s spent much of his career working with teenagers. His creative ways now have Hollywood knocking on his door. The Saint Charles resident says he never imagined he’d be spending his days producing feature films and dealing with Hollywood bigwigs. His first feature film “Full of Grace” was released on DVD in 2015. His latest film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” caught the attention of […]

  • Banker donates time and generosity

    Life is busy when you are working in the corporate world.  But one area banking executive doesn’t let that get in the way.   Donating his time and generosity both on the clock and in his spare time. Fifth Third Bank regional president Eric Smith doesn’t take his high powered corporate position for granted. Last week, Smith along with 200 bank employees, gathered at navy pier for what has become 5th 3rd banks annual day of service- May 3rd.      Together, they […]