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 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, […]

  • Community leader celebrated for decades of service to Jewish community and beyond

    CHICAGO — After nearly 40 years of running Chicago’s largest Jewish organizations, Dr. Steve Nasatir decided to call it a day. The former president of the United Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago was honored this summer when a crowd of more than 1,300 guests bid him a fond farewell. Those celebrating him included Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Dr. Nasatir and his life’s work personify what it means to give back and to be a public servant,” she said. The […]

  • Misericordia honors Sister Rosemary for 50 years of helping children

    CHICAGO — One woman has dedicated her life’s work to helping children with disabilities. Sister Rosemary Connelly’s drive, creativity and willingness to push boundaries has made Misericordia Home what it is today. Connelly still recalls the early days she began her work at Misericordia. “The reality at the time was children with disabilities had no programs,” she said. “They only had custodial care for them, you know bathing and feeding type of care, but no programs.” It was 1969 when […]

  • Woman who lost father as a child helps kids heal after similar loss

    CHICAGO— A woman whose father died when she was just 11 years old now helps other children who lost a parent begin their healing process, in a unique and artful way. Nailah Cartman said it is very difficult for her to express her emotions, thoughts and feelings about her father’s death. He drowned in 2005. It was her first time experiencing a close death in her family. She said she was grief stricken and confused from the traumatic event, but […]

  • CFO executive helps build countless homes for families in need

    CHICAGO — A local CFO brings his passion for helping others to the boardroom and his carpentry skills to a build site. He may not be a carpenter by trade, but Ted Dosch has helped build countless homes for families in need. He is the CFO of Anixter International in Glenview and has spent the past 20 years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, a global organization that builds affordable housing. “One of the things I think is such a hallmark […]

  • 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 […]

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