• Follow me on:

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

    [WEATHER ALERT] A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Chicago, northern Illinois until 8 p.m. Sunday. Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8PM for most of the Chicago metro area. Damaging thunderstorm winds are the #1 threat. Severe Threats This PM/Evening: Damaging wind: ModerateDamaging hail: LowTornado: Very LowFlash Flooding: Low#ILwx #INwx https://t.co/1QhlKGvosP pic.twitter.com/exl68BIHva — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) July 1, 2018 A line of thunderstorms continues to develop across northwest and west central Illinois. This line is forecast to begin impacting far […]

  • Chicago rally in protest of Trump immigration policies held in 100-plus degree heat index

    CHICAGO — Crowds faced down a heat index of as high as 110 degrees in downtown Chicago to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy, surrounding a stage in Daley Plaza and shouting “Si se puede!” (“Yes, you can!”). Margo Chavez-Easley, a 39-year-old Chicago resident who emigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala when she was 9, carried a sign that read, “What lengths would you go for your children?” Chavez-Easley told the Chicago Tribune that as an immigrant and an American, she […]

  • Uptown Theater to undergo $75M renovation

    CHICAGO — The Uptown Theater was once the gilded crown jewel of a national theater chain. It was the largest free-standing theater in the country and one of the largest ever built. The theater opened in 1925 but like so many grand theaters, audiences shrank, the ornate beauty began to crumble and The Uptown was boarded up in 1981. 35 years later, the theater, located at 4816 North Broadway Avenue, is poised to be transformed back into its original glory in […]

  • Mother, son separated at border reunited in Chicago after judge’s ruling

    CHICAGO — A Brazilian mother and 9-year-old son separated at the U.S.-Mexico border were reunited Thursday after a federal judge in Chicago ordered the U.S. government to release the child, saying their continued time apart “irreparably harms them both.” Judge Manish Shah mulled his decision for just a few hours before finding that Lidia Karine Souza can have custody of her son, Diogo, who has spent four weeks at a government-contracted shelter in Chicago. Shah ordered that the child be […]

  • Across the city, Chicagoans protest Trump immigration policies

    CHICAGO — In neighborhoods across Chicago, people took to the streets Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Donald Trump this week issued an executive order ending the policy — but opposition and outrage remained strong across the city. “Even here in Rogers Park,” local Marissa Graciosa said, “it’s so important for us to stand up and say, ‘No. It can’t happen at the border. It can’t happen […]

  • After decades in prison, man convicted in slayings of 2 officers released on bond

    CHICAGO — A man serving life in prison for the 1982 deaths of two Chicago police officers was ordered released from prison Friday while awaiting his third trial. Jackie Wilson walked out of Cook County Jail hours later, saying he is looking forward to “getting on with his life.” “It’s been a rocky ride,” he said. “I would like to make my contribution to society.” Judge William Hooks granted Wilson, 57, his release without having to post a cash bond. […]

  • Supreme Court sales-tax ruling could mean $200M for Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Officials say that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that retailers must collect sales tax from buyers in other states could mean more than $200 million a year to Illinois. The high court on Thursday overturned a 1992 ruling that a retailer must have a physical presence in a state to collect tax from buyers in that state. The court found the standard doesn’t jibe with current-day online retailing. Illinois Department of Revenue Director Connie Beard says in […]

  • Chicago area braces for weekend of excessive heat

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Saturday morning through Monday evening. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to possibly upper 90s Saturday through Monday. Nighttime lows in the city will likely only be around 80 Saturday night and Sunday night. With record high temperatures, dangerous heat index values in excess of 105 degrees are expected Sunday. The anticipated abundant sunshine will add another 5 to 15 […]

  • On the brink of dropping out, student becomes valedictorian with help of bus pass

    CHICAGO — 230 at risk students graduated today in a joyful ceremony for the Chicago Excel Academy. But one student nearly missed his high school experience altogether. Yoquan Williams, 18, was determined to go to school, even with significant financial and family obstacles and the challenge of transportation. Thursday he received his diploma, which may be the second most important piece of paper in his education behind his bus pass. “Some days I could afford bus fare, and some days,” […]

  • Son of fallen officer surprised by CPD salute on last day of school

    CHICAGO – A Chicago second grader started summer break with a surprise salute Friday. 8-year-old Alex Valadez was first to exit Annunciata School in the city’s East Side neighborhood, ready for summer. And he froze on the school steps. Awaiting him was a legion of Chicago police officers who stood silently saluting him. Chicago Police Officer Alex Valadez is remembered today when Superintendent Eddie Johnson surprises his son (Alex Valadez Jr) on his last day of school. Valadez Jr is […]