Julian Crews joined the WGN News team in 1996. He is a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News.

From breaking news to feature reporting, Julian has reported all over Illinois, from Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall. The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers.

Over 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.

Every spring, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln with the popular Cruisin’ Illinois travel series. His Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.

Recent Articles
  • 6-month-old who fled Puerto Rico hurricane gets life-saving surgery

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — Puerto Rico native, Dr. Melissa Nater, was part of the extraordinary medical team at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn who gave an infant girl from Puerto Rico a chance to lead a normal life. Soreyl Mirailh had a hole in her heart from a congenital heart condition and she needed surgery. She was scheduled to have her surgery performed in Puerto Rico, when Hurricane Maria rolled in, cutting off electricity to the hospital. Her surgery was […]

  • Blue ribbons outside Bridgeport church to remember fallen Chicago police commander

    CHICAGO — In his South Side community, Commander Paul Bauer is being remembered as a great neighbor who just last weekend helped others dig out from the snow. The 18th District Commander was shot to death Tuesday afternoon at the Thompson Center. A suspect is in custody and could face charges as soon as Wednesday. Bauer’s family has deep ties to the Bridgeport neighborhood, and the The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. Neighbors say they’re praying for the family […]

  • Chicago area gearing up for more rounds of snow

    CHICAGO — Chicago officials say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen on the city and they’re gearing up for three more waves through the weekend. Here is a look at snowfall totals across NE Illinois and NW Indiana through 6-8am. Snowfall continues across the area this morning, so totals will increase throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/19FxOYJgzH — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 9, 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a Friday morning news conference that the city, its workers […]

  • City of Chicago tries to keep up with snow

    CHICAGO–The city is working to stay on top of the snowstorm. Snow plows and salt trucks have fanned out across the city to clear the main roads before attacking the side streets. The CTA says it has installed equipment on trains to clear the snow and ice from tracks. Workers from Family and Supportive Services are checking on the elderly and informed to make sure they’re okay.  

  • Chicagoans stock up on salt, enjoy the sun as heavy winter storm approaches

    CHICAGO — With all this snow on the way, stores are busy with shoppers who are stocking up on groceries, shovels and salt. At the Shop & Save Market on Nagle Avenue, wave after wave of shoppers are buying enough groceries to hunker down for a couple of days. Down the street in Edgebrook, people are loading up on salt and shovels. At Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve, families are enjoying some sledding on this sunny day, before the storm hits […]

  • Wednesday marks 50th anniversary of deadly Mickelberry plant fire

    CHICAGO — Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Mickelberry Foods Factory explosion that killed nine people including four firefighters. A memorial service was held Wednesday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood to remember those Chicago heroes. Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago attended the memorial. “I salute the families here today as we remember the day the gates of hell opened up,” he said. As many as 70 people were injured after a gasoline truck in a back […]

  • Chicago police investigating home invasion, sexual assault on Far Southeast Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a home invasion on the far southeast side in which a woman was sexually assaulted. One of the victims,  Stojana Mitrovic, 65, said that a man came to the door of the home near 104th Street and South Avenue F Sunday evening, offering to shovel snow. He returned later to complain about the cold and asked to come inside and warm up. When allowed in, he pulled a large knife and was joined by four […]

  • School in Chicago closes over flu concerns

    CHICAGO — The fast-spreading flu virus closed another school today. British International School near Halsted  and Clybourn shut down Friday due to “a stomach related illness.” The school released a statement saying: The health and wellbeing of our students and families is always our highest priority. After careful consideration, it was decided to close school to help prevent the spreading of a stomach related illness on campus. School will resume on Monday.

  • Nancy Pelosi in Chicago for town hall meeting Trump’s tax plan

    CHICAGO — House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is in Chicago Friday for a town hall meeting on the impact of President Trump’s tax cut plan on working families in Illinois. The tax cut has already led to slightly higher take home pay for many workers. There have also been several well-publicized bonus programs announced by companies like WalMart and Home Depot. Republicans say that shows the cuts are providing economi stimulus and opportunities. But Pelosi points out that 83 percent […]

  • 30 area police departments receive Narcan training

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — Thirty police departments from around the area are beginning a Narcan training program to fight the opioid crisis. Last year, there were more than 1,000 opioid deaths in Cook County. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle put it in perspective. “That’s three times more than were caused by car accidents in the same period,” Preckwinkle said. Through a $311,000 federal grant, Loyola University today joined with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to […]