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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
  • At least 6 shot outside funeral home Far South Side

    CHICAGO — At least six people were wounded in a shooting outside of a funeral home on Chicago’s South Side Monday. A man is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head. All others are said to be stable at various hospitals.  No one was killed. A gunman opened fire on a crowd leaving a funeral at the Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church near 92nd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in the Burnside neighborhood. Neighbors told WGN News […]

  • Hundreds of young volunteers think globally, act locally

    CHICAGO — A day of action brought hundreds of volunteers to the South Side Sunday, including former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, capping off a three-day event sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative. Among the volunteers, 20-year-old student Caleb Cole spent the morning packing meals for hungry, with Clinton at his side. “We can only do so much for ourselves before it becomes pointless, and it’s good to put yourself out there for other people,” Cole said. More than 700 college […]

  • In letters to parents, suburban principal accuses high school students of ‘gang activity’

    FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — In letters sent home to parents this week, a south suburban high school principal accused dozens of students of being involved in “gang activity.” On Saturday, Homewood-Flossmoor High School Principal Jerry Lee Anderson held mandatory meetings with those students and their parents. Some community members said the meetings left them concerned and confused. The letters, dated Oct. 15, claim an internal school investigation revealed certain students were “directly or through association” involved in “gang activity.” Anyone who […]

  • Missing WWII veteran laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

    ELWOOD, Ill. — A WWII veteran disappeared without a trace in the 1960s. For more than five decades, the man’s daughters fought to find the truth. Now, they’ve solved the mystery. But it only raised more questions. Sisters Margaret Sloan and Catherine Ann Basten were young girls when a mystery began to unravel. “We found out the man we had been calling ‘Dad’ was not our biological father,” Sloan said. Their mother told them she wouldn’t speak of it — […]

  • ‘America’s police chief’ offers insight into solving Chicago’s crime epidemic

    CHICAGO — The man known as “America’s police chief” visited Chicago Thursday to offer insight to in the city’s fight against violent crime. William Bratton visited several police districts across the city and met with the mayor, superintendent and command staff. Bratton helped curb violent crime in New York and brought “precision policing” to Los Angeles. Now, Bratton is helping Chicago implement both strategies and offering insights on the most difficult job: addressing mistrust between police and minority communities. “I can’t […]

  • Rauner calls Pritzker a ‘hypocrite’ for using non-union workers on Gold Coast mansion

    CHICAGO — With just three weeks until the November election, the race for Illinois governor took a nasty turn, as Gov. Bruce Rauner called Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker “deceitful, dishonest” and “a hypocrite and a fraud,” while highlighting a controversy over Pritzker’s use of non-union workers to renovate his home in the Gold Coast. Rauner knows he won’t get the endorsement of labor, but said Pritzker’s home is a powerful symbol of what he calls the “hypocrisy” of his opponent, one he hopes […]

  • 15-year-old boy shot and killed on Chicago’s West Side

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Austin neighborhood Saturday night. According to family and neighbors, 15-year-old Anton Shaw was was a good student at Foreman High School, where he focused on basketball his freshman year. Chicago police say just after 11 p.m. Saturday, Shaw was gunned down in an alley on the1100 block of North Long Avenue, just steps from his home on the West Side. He was found with a gunshot wound to the […]

  • Thousands participate in ‘March to the Polls’ to encourage voting in midterms

    CHICAGO — Thousands of people participated in March to Polls on Saturday. Many said they were fed up with the White House and congressional leadership. The event was a follow-up event to previous women’s marches. March to the Polls kicked off Saturday morning with a rally in Chicago’s Grant Park. The early afternoon march took participants down Jackson Street to Federal Plaza, where nearby Cook County and Chicago early voting sites were open. Organizers originally said they couldn’t predict how many […]

  • Sister Jean wins 2018 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame award

    CHICAGO — Sister Jean was already an international celebrity and beloved team chaplain. Now, you can call her a Hall-of-Famer. Officials gathered Friday to present the Catholic nun and celebrated Loyola-Chicago basketball chaplain with Illinois’ 2018 Senior Hall of Fame award. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner helped present the award to the 99-year-old. “Age is just a number,” Sister Jean said. “Somebody asked me the other day, ‘How come you’re so generous in telling people your age?’ I said, ‘Women are […]

  • ‘Men of Chicago Real Estate’ trade suits for swimsuits in charity calendar

    CHICAGO — A group of Chicago real estate brokers is taking on homelessness by taking off their business suits. It’s no secret a time-tested truth in the competitive world of business is to “dress for success.” And no one knows that more than Tony Mattar, 28, a rising star in Chicago real estate known for his clothes as much as his closings. “There’s a certain dress code associated with the job,” he said. But while at the gym one day, […]