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
  • Doctor uses personal history, medical knowledge to inspire youth and prevent violence

    GARY Ind. — He is a doctor, a businessman and an advocate for America’s youth.   Dr. Michael McGee does more than treat victims of gun violence, he spends his days trying to prevent it. As chief of the ER at Gary Methodist Hospital, McGee has seen his share of gunshot wounds throughout his career. Founder of Project Outreach and Prevention. Or POP.  McGee and a colleague created the nonprofit in an effort to combat youth violence. McGee believes gun violence […]

  • 2 brothers create organization to support people with developmental disabilities

    RIVER FOREST, Ill. — Two brothers made it their mission to provide resources and opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ten years ago, Mike and Phil Carmody founded Opportunity Knocks to offer a variety of after work and after school programs for people with these disabilities. The two came up with the idea from their younger brother, John, who has Down syndrome. Mike and Phil said they were concerned about the lack of opportunities their brother had as […]

  • Day 3: Jurors watch FBI video of suspect in Chinese scholar’s death

    PEORIA, Ill. — Jurors in the trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of killing a visiting scholar from China watched video of the suspect explaining to an FBI agent that the woman looked “panicky” when he spotted her and offered her a ride. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that jurors on Friday watched Brendt Christensen tell an FBI agent that he wasn’t in a good mood on the June 2017 day when he spotted 26-year-old Yingying Zhang as […]

  • Teacher shares passion for calming minds, teaches seniors the benefits of meditation

    GLENVIEW, Ill. — Sheila Dixon has studied meditation under the most renowned experts.  Now, she spends her time teaching seniors how to use this holistic approach when coping with stress and disease. At 80-years-old  one might say, Dixon has learned to handle stress better than most. “I pay attention to if I get mad at somebody do I need to do anything about it? Do I leave it alone? And then I work to manage my feelings,” she said. She […]

  • Group helps underprivileged students prepare for much more than college

    CHICAGO — Their goal is to help underprivileged students get an education and prepare them for the future. Boys Hope Girls Hope’s unique approach is providing much more than a path to a college degree. The nonprofit provides a stable home and education for students who excel academically but don’t have the financial means or environment to receive a good education. Scholars are accepted as early as middle school and remain in the program throughout college. Boys Hope Girls Hope […]

  • R. Kelly’s new attorney says, ‘Enough is enough’

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s new lawyer, Raed Shalabi, is demanding a level playing field after the Lifetime Network aired multiple shows featuring alleged victims of the R&B singer. On Tuesday, his lawyer sat down to speak with WGN’s Micah Materre. His message: Enough is enough. After the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, a press conference was held by the Cook County prosecutor inviting others to come forward. Charges were then filed. A two-hour followup to the docuseries aired on […]

  • Indiana teen launches nonprofit after both brothers killed by gun violence

    GARY, Ind. — By the time Aaliyah Stewart was 14, both of her older brothers had been killed by gun violence. In 2014, Stewart, then a high school freshman, launched the ASW Foundation, a nonprofit organization that would honor her brothers and help turn her pain into purpose. Now 18, Stewart is working with the city of Gary to secure a grant and launch a youth center in 2020. She said the poverty and unemployment levels in Gary leave many young […]

  • South Siders give back to city they love with Grit Clothing

    CHICAGO — Chicagoans have always been proud of their city. But there may be no one prouder than two budding businessmen who have turned their bragging rights of growing up on the city’s South Side into a thriving business. It supports the very community the men love. Joe Wodark and Mike Vaickus are high school friends who came up with the idea for their online apparel company, Grit Clothing, while sitting around chatting on New Year’s Day 2018. The men […]

  • 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.

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