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
  • DJ HotRod pumps up the volume at local school pep rallies

    CHICAGO — Rodney “HotRod” Washington, a popular DJ at Power 92 Radio, keeps a busy schedule. He works six days a week and DJ’s home games for Notre Dame’s men’s basketball and football, but DJ HotRod still makes time to give back. In 2013, he and some friends came up with a way to put a new spin on the old-fashioned high school pep rally by turning it into a dance party. “So we had three schools — we had […]

  • Food Allergy Research and Education holds annual spring luncheon

    32 million Americans suffer from food allergies and that includes those at risk of severe reactions that could lead to death. Friday the Food Allergy Research and Education, or FARE, organization held  its annual Chicago spring luncheon. It is the world’s largest private source for research funding for food allergies. fare is hoping to use all of the money it raises throughout the year to advance it’s mission of improving and saving lives for those suffering from food allergies.

  • ‘People really want change’: Lightfoot on her victory, Kim Foxx, plans for city

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has been quite busy since her Tuesday night victory party. She made history winning the race for mayor and became the first openly gay African-American woman to be elected to the city’s top job. In a little more than six weeks, Lightfoot will move into the fifth floor at city hall. She’ll be sworn in on May 20th. Friday, she took some time to sit down with our WGN’s Micah Matterre for a one-on-one […]

  • Robots, circuits and lessons to make lives better all part of Southwest Side teacher’s curriculum

    CHICAGO — Technology found in a major medical center or lab helps the March Teacher of the Month give high schoolers a head start on a possible career path. And while he loves sharing the possibilities that stem from science, Dan Mostyn just as interested in building future engineers who use their skills to help others. In Mostyn’s classroom at Brother Rice High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side, there are student-made robots, hands-on lesson in circuits and even a 3D […]

  • Foxx: Smollett charges dropped on condition of forfeited bond, community service

    CHICAGO — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx spoke out Wednesday for the first time since charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett. Smollett was accused of staging a hate crime attack in January. A grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, but in a surprise move, prosecutors agreed to drop those charges and have the court records sealed. “Based on the nature of the offense and his background, this was a just outcome,” she said.  “Justice takes […]

  • Local vet and pup hiking Appalachian Trail for a good cause

    CHICAGO — He served three military tours overseas.   Now, local  veteran Michael Thorpe hopes that experience will come in handy as he and his dog hike the Appalachian Trail for a good cause. Enlisting in the Marines and later the army, Thorpe’s military service spans more than 13 years and includes tours of duty in Fallujah and Afghanistan.   In 2013 he was medically discharged after receiving a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Suffering from nightmares and panic attacks Thorpe said […]

  • Silver Lining Foundation fundraiser

    It was a day of glitz and glamour at the Peninsula Hotel Thursday. It was all to benefit a Silver Lining Foundation. Dr. Sandy Goldberg founded the foundation with her husband at their kitchen table. Silver Lining provides free mammograms and breast health testing to women and men who are uninsured or underinsured. To date,  the foundation’s efforts have helped save hundreds of lives.

  • Mom’s nonprofit covers health insurance for kids with autism

    CHICAGO — Tamika Lechee Morales is an inspiration to many families who have a child with autism. After her son Maximilian was diagnosed with autism in 2015 just before his fifth birthday, Morales became determined to help other children get the medical care they need. “I don’t think I was quite ready or expected to hear that he was autistic,” she said, “and so it hit me pretty hard.” Morales said she was so overwhelmed with fear that she told […]

  • For these women, bridge club is more than just a game

    CHICAGO — Micah Materre can’t recall a time when her mother, her sisters and their close friends didn’t play bridge. The women are obsessed — so much so that Materre’s mother may have been a member of eight to 10 bridge groups at one time. For many older women, particularly in black communities, bridge has become a beloved pastime that provides a social outlet — and a purpose. Some women had professional careers at one point. Materre took WGN photojournalist […]

  • Suburban teacher offers support to students in all aspects of life

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — The students at Thornwood High School in South Holland said she’s like a second mother to them — that’s because February’s Teacher of the Month is always willing to listen and offer support. For Stephanie Wayne, it all comes naturally — building strong relationships with kids has been her life’s work. “Ms. Wayne, she’s really one of us,” Jaylan Charleston, a student, said. “If I know I’m getting in a situation I know I can’t handle, […]

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