Meghan Dwyer has been a a reporter at WIFR, the CBS affiliate (and market leader) in Rockford, Illinois, since August 2011. She covers crime, the legal system, and specializes in investigative journalism.
She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2011 with a Master’s of Science in Journalism. Before Medill, Meghan practiced law in Chicago, specializing in commercial litigation and representing large corporations in contractual disputes.
She has a B.A., cum laude, in journalism from Indiana University – Bloomington and a J.D. from Indiana University – Bloomington Maurer School of Law. She’s licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
Legal Background: During her time at IU, Meghan served as a law clerk in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Office of Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia and in the Civil & Criminal Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville she worked on the high-profile case of Steven Green, an ex-GI who was accused of killing and raping Iraqi civilians. Meghan also served as a legal extern at the Monroe County, Indiana Public Defender’s Office and the Indiana University Community Legal Clinic. She handled cases involving illegal search and seizure, custody, and grandparent visitation. She was also a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Journalism Background: Meghan worked as a researcher for CNN Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election. In college, she was an editor at the award-winning Indiana Daily Student and an anchor for IU Student Television. While practicing law, Meghan was a columnist for the niche online magazine Sue: For Women in Litigation, based out of Southern California, and a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Television Committee.
In the spring of 2011 she interned for Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist Pam Zekman at CBS2 Chicago. Before coming to Rockford, Meghan was a fellow in Medill’s new Watchdog and Accountability initiative headed by Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Rick Tulsky and John Sullivan, both formerly of the Philadelphia Enquirer.