Julian Crews

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
  • Presser

    Men who fought for release of police shooting tape call for reforms

    CHICAGO — The freelance journalist who helped fight to get the videotaped police shooting of Laquan McDonald released says he hopes the case will lead to reforms in the Chicago Police Department. Brandon Smith says, even though McDonald’s family did not want the video made public, he believes it had to be done. “I do understand the perspective (of) not wanting their son to become the poster child of police reform,” Smith said.  “(But) the fact remains that people we […]

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    No bail for Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald’s murder

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer is being held without bail in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20. Charges were announced Tuesday as the city prepared to release a squad-car video of the shooting. Van Dyke requested protected custody and is now incarcerated in the Cermak hospital building. If convicted of first degree murder, Van Dyke faces a sentence […]

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    Blue Island police officer accused in sexual assault

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — A suburban Chicago police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave amid a sexual assault investigation. Blue Island police officer John Miller is charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. He was arrested Wednesday after someone came into the Blue Island Police Department last week to accuse the veteran police officer of a sex crime. Commanders at the Blue Island Police Department handed the investigation to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Miller, 51, is […]

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    Police say couple not cooperating in investigation of toddler’s death

    CHICAGO — Chicago police investigators want to talk to the two individuals who were entrusted with the care of two-year-old Kyrian Knox shortly before he disappeared. But neither person is cooperating with the investigation. Kyrian Knox is the Rockford toddler whose dismembered remains were found last September in the Garfield Park Lagoon. Police want to talk to Kamel Harris and and his girlfriend, Danyelle Foggs. “We have tried numerous times to contact these people so we can talk to them […]

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    Chicago City Council votes to support Syrian refugees

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council weighed in on the fight over how to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the Paris terror attacks. In a largely symbolic resolution, aldermen voted Wednesday to establish Chicago as a sanctuary city for refugees. The move is in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call to withhold aid for refugees in Illinois until the Paris investigation is complete. Members of groups including RefugeeOne and the Heartland Alliance said Wednesday they believe Rauner doesn’t have the […]

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    Gliniewicz investigation turns to military stockpile, first lawsuit to be filed

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — The investigation into disgraced Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz has turned to the youth program he ran, where a stockpile of military equipment that was meant for police was found. Investigators discovered hundreds of boxes of military surplus equipment in the basement of the community center where the Fox Lake Police Explorer program would meet. The boxes contained Kevlar helmets, gas masks, ballistic vests, police radios and combat boots, among other items. Investigators say they were […]

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    Chicago Skyway reopens after closure due to high winds

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Skyway is open again in both directions after having to close this morning due to wind. UPDATED: The Skyway is opening back up to traffic after being shut down all day due to the strong winds. @WGNNews — Sarah Jindra (@SarahJindra) November 12, 2015 High winds forced the Chicago Skyway to close in both directions from the Indiana state line to 91st Street around 3 a.m. due to high winds and flying construction debris. The high winds […]

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    Chicago honoring nation’s heroes this Veterans Day

    CHICAGO –The City of Chicago is honoring the nation’s war heroes this Veterans Day. Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durban joined other dignitaries and lawmakers at Soldier Field this morning to honor the nation’s military heroes. “When this nation said, who among you will step forward and leave behind your family, your loved ones, to defend the American way of life?  To defend liberty and freedom of all that we hold dear?  Most […]

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    Funeral today for 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of mourners attended funeral services today for one of the youngest victims of Chicago’s gun violence, 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. Family and friends and community leaders gathered at Saint Sabina Church in the Gresham neighborhood. Lee was lured to an alley near 80th and Damen and shot several times. Police say he was executed in retaliation for his father’s gang activity. The reward for information about the fourth grader’s shooting is now up to $55,000

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    Calls to rebuild Chicago library after major fire

    CHICAGO — Parents, kids, neighborhood residents and public officials in Chicago are hoping the city will rebuild what’s said to be one of the busiest libraries in the wake of a huge fire. The Independence Public Library at Irving Park and Drake in the Irving Park neighborhood is closed indefinitely. This location is claimed to be the second most visited of 80 branches. Its summer reading program participation is also said to be consistently number one in the entire library […]


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