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
  • Laporte County government pays $130K ransom to hackers

    LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. —  The government of Laporte County was the latest to have its computer systems taken over by hackers and held for ransom. Laporte County decided to pay the criminals in what experts said was a disturbing and frightening trend. Experts said the vast majority of these attacks, more than 80 percent, start with criminals obtaining log-in credentials, like usernames and passwords, to gain entry to computer networks. From there, they lock out the administrators, and hold data for […]

  • Diverse Humboldt Park little league team wins state for first time ever

    CHICAGO — On the ball fields across from the Humboldt Park lagoon where an alligator has been making headlines, the Roberto Clemente little leaguers are making a splash of their own. The team made up of boys 11 to 13 years old are the best in the state after capturing the Illinois championship Monday night, and will travel to Kalamzoo, MI for the league’s regional finals this week. Right off the bat, 13-year-old Joshua Quinonez says he knew his little […]

  • What do Chicagoans ACTUALLY eat? It’s not deep dish.

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  • Witness say train gates did not activate in fatal accident; officials claim they did

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  • Amtrak train strikes van near Morton Grove, killing driver

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. — An Amtrak train heading from Milwaukee to Chicago’s Union Station struck a minivan near the Morton Grove Metra station Sunday afternoon, killing the driver. Passenger Nikki Schalinske said after the train passed the Glenview stop around 12: 30 p.m. Sunday, it was barreling through Morton Grove when it hit a maroon minivan that was crossing the tracks. “We were starting to pass the Morton Grove Metra station, and I felt a little bit of a jolt,”  […]

  • Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill

    COOK COUNTY — As Chicago residents are paying higher property taxes this year and more than a million other Cook County residents are receiving new property assessments, many are wondering if there’s anything they can do to lower the bills. WGN News spoke with the Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and an expert in appealing property taxes to find out the best ways to deal with the tax burden. The key is that the best time to appeal is at […]

  • Authorities search Humboldt Park lagoon for alligator

    CHICAGO — Authorities are searching for an alligator in the Humboldt Park lagoon. Police, state conservation officers and city animal control officials were all called to try to find the elusive reptile Tuesday. At least two people say they saw an alligator swimming in the lagoon’s murky water Tuesday morning. Later in the day, police tweeted they confirmed the alligator was in the lagoon. Police said the alligator will be “humanely trapped” and relocated to a zoo for evaluation. City […]

  • 66 shot, 6 fatally, over long Fourth of July weekend in Chicago

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot is answers questions about the spike in violent crime over the holiday weekend during an “accountability Monday” event  CHICAGO — It was another violent holiday weekend in Chicago with at least 66 people shot, six fatally, over the long Fourth of July weekend. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was out riding with officers over the holiday, where she witnessed police responding to a call of shots fired that turned out to be kids throwing fire crackers. She […]

  • Officials searching for teen missing after swimming in Lake Michigan

    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — The search continued Sunday afternoon for a South Bend teen who went missing after swimming in Lake Michigan. The teen, identified as Ra’hem Mason, 17, went swimming with his church group at Washington Park Beach in Michigan City and was swept away in the strong current around 7 p.m. Saturday. The water search was suspended, due to dangerous conditions. State and local emergency responders are still looking along the shoreline and will continue to search for […]

  • 3 shot in Dolton

    DOLTON, Ill. — Authorities say multiple people have been shot in a single incident Saturday night in south suburban Dolton. Community activist Andrew Holmes says three people have been hit by gunfire. This all unfolded around 7 Saturday night.  It’s unclear what sparked the shooting. Now Dolton police are investigating in the area near the corner of 149th and South Michigan Avenue. Dolton police have blocked off the crime scene which stretches for about two blocks. Crime scene investigators are […]

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