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 25-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 74-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
  • Chicago Housing Authority relaxes recreational marijuana policy

    CHICAGO — Chicago is still dealing with some hurdles in the new recreational marijuana marketplace. Now that pot is legal in Illinois, the Chicago Housing Authority has relaxed its hard line approach to the drug. Most legal customers can buy marijuana at dispensaries, then use it at home.  But for those living in subsidized housing that is governed by federal law, cannabis is still criminal. Last year, CHA sent letters to their 63,000 households warning residents that families could be […]

  • Activist pushes pot peddlers licenses

    CHICAGO — Would allowing small-scale pot peddlers help ‘even the playing field’ in the marijuana market? It’s an idea being pushed by community activists. The idea is to bring recreational pot to the people by letting it be sold at farmer’s markets. When recreational cannabis became legal in Illinois not a single one of the recreational dispensary licenses went to minorities. Activist Tio Hardiman, who is the president of the group Violence Interrupters, Inc., said part of the problem is […]

  • Hundreds of non-citizens registered to vote in Illinois due to technical glitch

    CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers are raising questions about the integrity of state elections after the secretary of state admitted hundreds of non-citizens were registered as voters, and could have cast ballots illegally in the 2018 election. In a letter, Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said a “programming error” in a signature pad at driver services facilities led to hundreds of non-U.S. citizens accidentally being registered as voters. The Secretary of State’s Office said the problem has been fixed Tuesday, […]

  • Patients say recreational sales causing shortage of marijuana for medicinal use

    CHICAGO — Less than a month into Illinois’ rollout of recreational marijuana, some worry severe supply shortages will affect patients who use cannabis as a medical treatment. Experts say supply shortages could go on for months, a frustrating situation for medical marijuana patients who say they can’t find what they’re looking for. At Sunnyside Dispensary in Lakeview Monday, customers were told there was a two-hour wait to buy recreational cannabis. Outside, Army veteran Drew Krause said his time in the […]

  • Family of nurse killed in Little Village calls for additional charges, updates in case

    CHICAGO — The family of Frank Aguilar, a Misericordia nurse killed in a drive-by shooting two months ago, are calling on officials to update them and file additional charges against those responsible for his murder. Aguilar’s sister Sharee Rangel returned to the corner where her brother was shot and killed Sunday. “He wanted to work in the trauma unit and help those that were victims of gun violence. We never thought he’d be in the situation himself to become one,” […]

  • 10 murders in 15 days: Violent start to the year in Northwest Indiana

    GARY, Ind. — It’s been a violent start to the new year in Northwest Indiana. So far there have been 10 homicides in just two weeks. Ten people have been killed in the region. The killings have spanned from East Chicago to Merillville to Portage and Laporte counties, but six of those killings have been in Gary, a city that was known as the nation’s murder capital in the 1990’s. Violent crime has been reduced in recent years, but last […]

  • 16-year-old missing after meeting older man on social media, family says

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A northwest Indiana teenage girl has been missing for more than a week after her family said she met an older man on social media. Her family is now pleading for information and has an important warning about social media. Shauna Murphy, 16, has been missing from Hammond since Jan. 5. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She has brown eyes, dark hair and a medium build. Her grandmother, Darlene Spencer, […]

  • Reports: Rape mentioned in bombshell email could be connected to inmate released early

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A rape mentioned in a bombshell email sent to aides of then-governor Pat Quinn in 2012 may be referring to a case of child sexual abuse by an inmate out on early release, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. The e-mails sent by lobbyist Mike McClain to Quinn’s top aides have been front-and-center in Illinois politics since their contents were made public by WBEZ last week. A close friend of House Speaker Mike Madigan, McClain was writing on behalf […]

  • Mixed legality of marijuana on state, federal levels leaves gun owners in limbo

    CHICAGO — The new state law allowing dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois may have some side-effects for gun owners. There’s still confusion swirling around what happens when weed and weapons come together. At Maxon Shooter’s Supplies in Des Plaines, owner Dan Eldridge says customers are confused about the contradictions between state and federal law. “We’re principally getting two questions: number one, will the Illinois State Police revoke my FOID card, will they revoke my concealed carry? The most […]

  • Testimony heard Tuesday after investigation into state ‘time out rooms’ at public schools

    CHICAGO — The practice of isolation and restraint in Illinois public schools is controversial and has been around for years. After an explosive investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica, some lawmakers said it’s the “time out rooms” that need to be sent away. State lawmakers held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would ban the use of solitary confinement rooms in public schools as a form of punishment. 45-year-old State Representative Jonathan Carroll (D-Northbrook) disclosed that he had […]

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