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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 21-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner, a 59-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
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    DIXON, Ill.  — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed multiple gun control measures into law Monday as he pushed for a solution to school shootings in stops around the state. While in Chicago, Rauner signed one gun control measure that allows police or family members to prove in court that a person with guns is suffering from mental health or other problems and threatening harm. Weapons could be surrendered for up to six months. Today I signed legislation to keep firearms out of […]

  • Police release body camera footage of fatal shooting of South Shore man

    CHICAGO — Chicago police released body camera footage Sunday from an officer involved in the fatal shooting of a South Shore man Saturday, which appears to show the man was reaching for a gun at his waist when he was shot. According to police, officers on foot patrol in the 2000 block of East 71st Street stopped 37-year-old Harith Augustus around 5:30 p.m. Saturday to question him over a “bulge around his waistband” that suggested he was armed. After he broke free […]

  • Build-A-Bear shuts down ‘Pay Your Age Day,’ citing overwhelming crowds

    CHICAGO — The Build-A-Bear Workshop ended its “Pay Your Age Day” promotion by 10 a.m. Thursday due to extreme crowds and safety concerns. In a post on Facebook, the company said: “Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests [sic] at our locations due to crowds and safety concerns. We have closed lines in our U.S. and Canada stores. We understand some Guests [sic] are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.” I walked along the […]

  • How a $4 billion plan could untangle Chicago’s rail system and speed commutes

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  • Father Pfleger says march on Dan Ryan was first step

    CHICAGO — Father Michael Pfleger said Monday the march on the Dan Ryan Expressway demonstrated one thing above all, it’s time for serious and immediate action. “I think at the end of that, people felt really empowered,” Father Pfleger said. “And felt like they had made a statement that ‘We’re upset, we’re mad and time’s up on waiting.” The historic peace march shut down the expressway.  It stopped traffic and started a conversation. “It certainly has gotten the attention by those […]

  • 3-year-old killed in Grand Crossing apartment building fire

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  • Mayor, top cop throw support behind Pfleger’s planned protest on Dan Ryan

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  • Woman found dead with bag over head in Goose Island, police say

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  • Pfleger to hold peace march on Dan Ryan on July 7 despite police plea

    CHICAGO – Police have asked Rev. Michael Pfleger to reconsider shutting down the Dan Ryan Expressway this weekend, but the prominent activist said he still plans to hold the peace march to draw attention to the violence in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. City officials are touting crime statistics that show steep declines in shootings and killings, but Pfleger, the pastor at St. Sabina Catholic Church in Gresham, said not enough progress is being made in the most troubled neighborhoods. Pfleger’s peace […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect in Chicago, northern Illinois, Excessive Heat Warning continues

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