Julian Crews
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From Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall, Julian Crews gets around! The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers. From breaking news to feature reporting, this hard-working broadcast veteran gives it his all.

Every spring, with the popular “Cruisin” Illinois travel series, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln. His entertaining excursions are must-see TV, in stunning high-definition. And his quirky ‘Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

In recent years, Julian’s also become a WGN Morning News fixture, filing on-going reports throughout the day on the Midday and Evening WGN and CLTV newscasts.

It’s all in a day’s work for this versatile storyteller, who joined WGN in 1996. Through the years, Julian has worn many hats, from the “Around Town” beat to politics and crime, producing in-depth, investigative pieces on Chicago street gangs and organized crime. Covering John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998 was especially fulfilling for Julian. The son of Cuban-born parents, he visited his family’s home in Havana, taking WGN viewers along for the ride.

Recent Articles
  • Emmett Till’s Chicago family hosts events on 60th anniversary of murder

    CHICAGO — A victim of racial injustice during the civil rights struggle is being remembered Friday. Sixty years ago, 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy from Chicago, was beaten and shot to death in Mississippi for apparently whistling at a white woman. He was kidnapped and found dead three days later. His suspected murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury, a turning point for civil rights in America. The family of Emmett Till and The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation is hosting a […]

  • Paintings from 1893 Chicago World’s Fair found after decades

    CHICAGO — Long-lost paintings from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair have been found in a park district storage facility. The artwork is three Japanese sliding door paintings. They were part of the Phoenix Pavilion which was given to the city as a gift to promote Japanese culture. The paintings have been missing for several decades. Officials say they’re still in decent condition and will be restored with help from the Art Institute. It’s not known when or where the paintings […]

  • TV news crew killed during live interview; gunman dead

    MONETA, Va. — A Virginia official says the suspect in the fatal shooting of two TV station employees during a live broadcast has died. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran says Vester Flanagan died at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Flanagan went by the name Bryce Williams on the air. He was a former employee at the station. The general manager says that he was known for being unhappy, angry and hard to work with, and that […]

  • Governor pushes insurance companies to cover 3-D mammograms

    SKOKIE, Ill. — 3-D mammograms have been shown to reduce the number of false positives and detect more invasive forms of breast cancer. Governor Bruce Rauner also signed a new law last week requiring insurance companies to pay for some 3-D mammograms starting next year. Genius 3-D Mammography is showing off how the technology works with a new mobile unit. It stopped at the Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie Tuesday morning.

  • Rauner administration reassigns state child care official

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The woman in charge of the state’s child care program is being reassigned from her post by Governor Rauner’s administration. The move comes one week after Linda Saterfield testified before lawmakers. She said Rauner’s budget cuts to child care assistance would be “devastating” for families that rely on it. The Rauner administration said the move was for “internal personnel reasons” and not in retaliation for Saterfield’s comments. She is now the associate director of an office that […]

  • Man exonerated of murder at age 13, charged with new crime

    CHICAGO — A man who won a $25 million award in 2012 for a wrongful murder conviction as a youth has been charged in a Chicago shooting. Authorities say Thaddeus Jimenez was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery and weapons violations in the shooting of a 33-year-old man in what is being called an internal gang dispute. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. According to police accounts, Jimenez on Monday pointed a handgun at the unidentified victim’s head before shooting […]

  • Valor Games kick off at Soldier Field

    CHICAGO — Chicago is hosting the 5th annual Valor Games. It’s a competition among military veterans and service members living with disabilities. The Valor Games Midwest is a three-day event at Soldier Field. Athletes compete in discus, shot put, cycling, archery, powerlifting and indoor rowing. The games run through Thursday. To see a full schedule of events, go here.   

  • Family of paralyzed woman sues over O’Hare accident

    CHICAGO — An accident at O’Hare Airport has sparked a lawsuit against the Chicago Dept. of Aviation. A woman was severely injured when a pedestrian shelter collapsed on her. Tierney Darden, 24, of Mundelein was with family members at the arrival area of Terminal 2 on August 2 waiting to be picked up. A strong storm moved through, dislodging the shelter, part of which landed on Darden, severing her spinal cord and leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. The […]

  • ‘100K Opportunities’ job fair under way at McCormick Place

    CHICAGO — McCormick Place was buzzing with activity today as thousands of young people attended a day-long job fair. The first of its kind Opportunity Fair and Forum was launched by the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative”. Several thousand people between the ages of 18 and 24 are hoping to make the connection that will lead to a job.  And organizers expect there will be hundreds who will walk away from this event with jobs. The event is part job fair, part […]

  • A bowl of Kraft mac & cheese with Heinz ketchup photographed at Tribune's studio on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune) (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

    Kraft Heinz to cut 700 jobs in Northfield, Ill., 2,500 overall

    NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Heinz says is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined. The combination of Heinz and Kraft earlier this year was engineered by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, which has become known for its tight cost controls. The company says it has a total of around 46,600 employees. Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were to […]


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