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Mike Lowe joined WGN-TV in April of 2015 after previously interning in the WGN Sports department from 1998 to 1999.

Before arriving at WGN, Mike worked at Tribune-owned WITI-TV (FOX) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he covered politics and government issues including the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, all of the major developments in the 2011 “Budget Battle,” the 2011 state senate recall races, the historic 2012 recall of Governor Scott Walker, the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, both the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Kentucky, and the 2012 presidential campaign in the battleground of Wisconsin– including an “on the road” assignment for the final week of President Obama’s campaign for re-election and his election night speech at McCormick Place in Chicago. He also hosted a political segment called “The Political Lowedown.”

Prior to his assignment in Milwaukee, Mike was a bureau chief for WFMZ-TV (IND) in Allentown, Pa., where he covered eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, including then NJ attorney general Chris Christie.

Before joining WFMZ, Mike lived in Berlin, Germany, and worked for Deutsche Welle TV and Radio, reporting on Europe’s response to United States foreign policy and the European view of the presidential election, among other topics.

Before that, he worked as a general assignment reporter for WLNS-TV (CBS) in Lansing, Michigan, covering local politics and the auto industry, especially labor and management issues.

While Mike’s career has focused mainly on public affairs journalism, including stints at WTTW-TV (PBS) in Chicago and as public affairs director and host of the live call-in radio program “Feedback” on WNUR-FM in Chicago, his background also includes some sports reporting experience. He has served as a sports reporter and fill-in weekend anchor at KTKA-TV (ABC) in Topeka, Kansas; on the production side for ESPN, FOX Sports, and as sports director of WNUR-FM, where he did play-by-play announcing for the Northwestern University Wildcats football and basketball teams.

Mike is a 23-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 66-time Emmy nominee, a three-time regional Edward R. Murrow award winner (once for Breaking news and twice for Hard News reporting), a National Mark of Excellence (SPJ) award winner and a national Walter Cronkite Award for Political Journalism winner.

Mike graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He was a running back on the varsity football team. He then graduated from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, he was a double-major in political science and journalism. He also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where he won the Harrington Award, the school’s top student honor.

Recent Articles
  • ‘I’ll remember him forever’: Vigil held in honor of Aurora shooting victims

    AURORA, Ill. — Hundreds attended a prayer vigil Sunday afternoon in remembrance of five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in suburban Aurora on Friday. Crosses were put up in memory of Vicente Juarez, Trevor Wehner, Josh Pinkard, Clayton Parks and Russell Beyer, as family members, friends and strangers gathered to remember the victims. “It just means a lot that it doesn’t matter what banner you’re under but that we can all be one family,” attendee Diane […]

  • 5 employees dead, 5 officers wounded in Aurora shooting; gunman killed by police

    AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]

  • Victims identified in Aurora shooting; gunman had prior felony conviction

    AURORA, Ill. — Police have identified the five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in Aurora on Friday. The shooting began at 1:24 p.m. at Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Police said gunman Gary Martin, 45, likely brought his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to work because he knew he was being fired from his job of 15 years. Martin, who […]

  • Many Chicago voters still undecided as mayoral election only 10 days away

    CHICAGO — Decision day in the Chicago mayoral race is only 10 days away, and a large number of voters are having a hard time making a decision. Even after months filled with ads, endorsements, polls, scandals, debates and donations, there is still a significant number of voters who are waiting to make a choice. The leading candidates are flooding the airwaves with campaign commercials but among all the leading contenders, the name “undecided” is also a front runner. Polls […]

  • The AWOL Alderman: Danny Solis hasn’t been seen in weeks

    CHICAGO — Ald. Danny Solis, 25th Ward has not been seen in public since the bombshell revelation that he had worn a wire to record conversations with Ald. Ed Burke and secretly recorded Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. Residents and reporters have been trying to track down the alderman, but he’s not at his office and not answering his phone. Some speculate he may have left the city, but so far, he hasn’t left the City Council. Marisol Barrera, a 25th […]

  • Armed men break in, rob woman at gunpoint inside suburban home

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Police in west suburban Naperville are searching for two suspects believed to have busted into a home and held a woman at gunpoint as they robbed the place. On Saturday night, Naperville police say two men waring ski masks and armed with guns broke into a home on the 2600 block of High Meadow Road. Nobody was injured, but police say the robbers got away with cash and electronics. Police say the robbers ran toward a busy road before […]

  • 2019 Chicago Auto Show kicks off with concept cars, vintage rides

    CHICAGO — The 2019 Chicago Auto Show opened Saturday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting from Gov. JB Pritzker. From bold colors to stunning concept cars, from vintage rides to modern favorites — this year’s auto show doesn’t disappoint. It’s a chance for families to keep traditions going and browse everything the auto industry has to offer for the new year. There are more interactive displays this year and a chance to experience a test ride firsthand. The show runs through […]

  • Former Vice President Al Gore endorses Bill Daley in Chicago mayoral race

    CHICAGO — Former Vice President Al Gore on Friday endorsed longtime friend Bill Daley in the 2019 Chicago mayoral race. The big-name endorsement comes a day after Daley skipped a TV debate to attend an event with a plumbers’ union — a move that opened him to criticism from other leading candidates. “He sees one bad story about him and he wilts like a little flower,” Susana Mendoza said. “Chicago’s next mayor needs to have some mettle to take on the […]

  • Bill Daley drops out of Fox Chicago debate two hours before event

    CHICAGO — A televised debate scheduled for Thursday evening on Fox 32 Chicago was expected to have the top five mayoral candidates, but Bill Daley dropped out just two hours before the event. Only five candidates were invited to participate in the debate that will be televised at 6 p.m. Thursday. The candidates who were invited were Daley, Gery Chico, Susana Mendoza, Toni Preckwinkle and Willie Wilson. Fox 32 said they picked the top five candidates from a recent Chicago Sun-Times poll because […]

  • Girl, 15, killed in hit-and-run near Richards High School

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — A 15-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run while walking to school in suburban Chicago Ridge early Monday. Officials have identified the victim as Amira Nairat, a freshman at Richards High School. Amira was a block from school when she was fatally struck by a Volkswagen Beetle about 7:45 a.m. Monday in the 10700 block of Central Avenue. The car’s 25-year-old driver is now in custody, police said, and is believed to have been involved in […]

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