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
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    CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett maintained his innocence after bonding out of jail Thursday afternoon after being accused of staging an attack. In a statement, Smollett’s attorneys said the actor’s “presumption of innocence was trampled upon.” TMZ reported that the actor apologized to the cast of the show after he bonded out. TMZ said he addressed everyone on the set and said he was sorry for putting them through the situation. Smollett’s attorneys released the following statement Thursday: “Today […]

  • Kids say hola, bonjour and more at this multilingual Chicago preschool

    CHICAGO — Sandra Dodds said her multilingual skills have opened doors in her life and career. Now, the Belgium native hopes to provide those same opportunities to children by teaching them a foreign language as early as infancy. Four years ago, Dodds founded Living the Language preschool and daycare in Chicago’s South Loop. Dodds said she modeled the school after European preschools, where multilingual education is common.  At the school, the children spend their days fully immersed in a foreign language. […]

  • As students shine on stage, Chicago teacher is real star of the show

    CHICAGO — January’s Teacher of the Month knows how to build confidence in her students. It’s a lesson at the heart of the drama program she started at Immaculate Conception School on the city’s Northwest side, and while her students shine on stage, they said Ms. Julie Szwedo is the real star of the show. Szwedo always knew she wanted to be a teacher, just like her father, who was also a Chicago police officer. “He used to take me […]

  • US Army medic now helps fellow veterans transition to civilian life

    CHICAGO — He served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army. Now, Christian Garicia is serving his fellow veterans by treating the invisible wounds that can emerge after military life. “I went to Afghanistan in 2012,” Garicia, 25, said, “then I went on a peacetime mission in Africa 2014. I honestly don’t have too many bad things to say, I would do it all over again.” But like many veterans, Garicia found the transition to civilian life difficult […]

  • For 25 years, Chicago woman has touched lives with West Side ministry

    CHICAGO — It started with a simple gesture: serving a hot cup of coffee to the homeless. But something bigger was brewing in Chicagoan Arloa Sutter. Sutter wanted to provide opportunities for those less fortunate. More than 25 years later, Sutter is the director and founder of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a nonprofit organization that serves the East Garfield Park community on the city’s West Side. With an annual budget of nearly $7 million, Breakthrough offers food, shelter and job placement. […]

  • There’s no debate. This nonprofit helps kids manage civil discourse

    CHICAGO — Childhood friends Leah Shapiro and Josh Aaronson run “Debate It Forward,” a nonprofit debate program that teaches kids across the city the value of civil discourse. “We think that debate skills are really critical for students,” Aaronson said. “You have to be able to express yourself in a concise, persuasive manner — whether it’s in class or later on in life in a job setting. [To] be an active participant in democracy, you have to be able to […]

  • 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,” […]

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