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
  • From the South Side and full of surprises, entrepreneur gives back, invests in youth

    He is a former major league baseball player turned successful entrepreneur. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago Dorian Boyland said he credits his success to the many mentors he had during his youth. Now Boyland, along with a team of fellow friends and fraternity brothers, are paying it forward. Last May while giving the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, his alma mater, Boyland did what he does best – give back. “What I did […]

  • From Chicago to Malawi: Students unite to help other girls succeed

    CHICAGO — Female.  Educated.  Empowered.   That’s the slogan some local teens are exemplifying as they work to educate girls around the world. Girls Supporting Girls is a nonprofit that provides funding for literacy programs and construction of schools in third world countries.  With 66 million school aged girls around the world not in school, the program is geared toward educating and empowering the youngsters. And the organization requires that half of the student body of these newly constructed schools are […]

  • Armenian refugee’s life work is to help others that are just like her

    CHICAGO — Melineh Kano understands what life is like for refugees resettling here in the United States.  She was one. It was the early 1980s during the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. Melineh was studying interior design in Italy, but upheaval  in the Middle East left her unable to return to her home in Iran. In September 1984 , Kano and her mother arrived in the U.S., and were located to Hyde Park with a sponsor.  She saod she […]

  • Food pantry in suburban school first of its kind

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — The closing of a neighborhood grocery store has left some Romeoville families, without easy access to food.   Determined to make sure children have nutritious meals before heading off to class,  two local philanthropists stepped in to help. Barbara Gulick and Ron McDaniel bringing a food pantry to Irene King Elementary School. “We talked to a few different schools, some weren’t open to it,” Gulick said. “Had one meeting with the principal from this school and we knew […]

  • As retirement nears, South Side pastor celebrated for leadership, community impact

    CHICAGO — For nearly 20 years Pastor Charles Jenkins lead his South Side congregation in sermons and in life.  As he prepares for a new chapter, he leaves behind a legacy of service and giving. Every week, Jenkins can be found preaching the Sunday Service at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. “ I always wanted to help people to serve people and get good things done and move the needle a little,” he said. Jenkins’s personality and leadership style has steadily increased […]

  • Chicago principal honored for transforming school

    He’s a school principal whose hard work and dedication has impressed students and staff alike.  And recently his work had caught attention of national education leaders. For 16 years Habeeb Quadri has watched his students flourish at the Muslim Community Center Academy schools. “Our motto is building character developing minds,” he said. “It is very important to us – not only the academic success which our kids have – but also the character aspect.” Located in Morton Grove and Skokie, […]

  • Rock star dreams lead man to teach band at suburban middle school

    NILES, Ill. — As a young boy he wanted to be a rock star, but watching Eric Bachmann at work at Emerson Middle School in northwest suburban Niles, it’s pretty clear he’s living the dream. He’s been teaching for more than 30 years in a career that started off with the drums and a dream of playing in a rock and roll band. But a music education class at Northwestern University changed his tune. “I was born in Las Vegas […]

  • How a history of segregation contributes to an epidemic of violence in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Eight people are shot every three hours on a typical day in Chicago, and yet police will tell you crime is trending down and things are getting better. “You know we’ve had challenging weekends over the past month, but the overall crime, we’re seeing double digit reductions,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. The number of shootings and homicides has dropped each of the past three years. But still, Chicago had nearly 400 murders over the first […]

  • Lake County woman distributes diapers to families in need

    Lake County, Ill. — One in three families in the United States experiences diaper need, and a local mother is working to close the gap and making sure babies in her lake county community are clean, dry and healthy. Ann Marie Mathis, one of Chicago’s Very Own, said she knows parenting is hard, but it’s even worse when someone lacks the basics. Mathis is a mother of seven and knows firsthand the dent the price of diapers can make in […]

  • Chicago optometrist travels the world to help others see

    CHICAGO — Dr. Silvia Pelini can still recall the first time she examined a child in need of glasses in Thailand. “I mean I was really tearing up for sure, they were just so excited and running around and hugging their mom — he could see,” she said. An optometry student at the time, Pelini said visiting Thailand was an eye-opening experience that left her wanting to give back to others. “It really makes you more aware of the world, […]

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