Julian Crews

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
  • Baby born with 4 legs, 2 spines survives complex surgery at Chicago-area hospital

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge announced the success of a life changing operation for a 10-month-old African girl. Baby Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast with 4 legs and 2 spines. The extra body parts were from an undeveloped twin, and protruded from Dominque’s neck and back. The risky and complicated surgery took place last week. Dominique met the media this morning at the hospital, flanked by many of the surgeons and nurses […]

  • UIC joins med students across the country for Match Day

    CHICAGO–Friday is Match Day for medical students across the U.S. It’s the day students find out where they will be doing their residencies. In Chicago, 172 UIC students gathered at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Friday morning to open their match letters. Student Valeria Valbuena, an aspiring surgeon, was excited to learn she is matched up with her first choice: The University of Michigan.

  • Evanston ready for Northwestern basketball’s 1st NCAA tournament

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball team is about to find out what March Madness is like. The team is on the verge of its first ever game in the NCAA championship tournament. Eighth-seeded Northwestern takes on ninth-seeded Vanderbilt Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The winner will face the winner of top-seeded Gonzaga and 16 seed South Dakota State on Saturday. Win or lose, Evanston is celebrating Northwestern’s invitation to the Big Dance for the first time […]

  • Immigration activist given more time to fight deportation

    CHICAGO — Federal officials in Chicago have extended the probation of immigration activist Elvira Arellano, giving her more time to fight her third deportation to Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities agreed to extend the probation for one year. Arellano has been trying to win political asylum from the U.S. since 2006 when she sought sanctuary at a church in Humboldt Park. Arellano argues her life would be in danger in Mexico where she has spoken out against human traffickers […]

  • Chicagoland digs out as snow drought comes to an end

    CHICAGO – A late winter blast of snow had Chicago area residents dusting off their shovels Monday. The snow snarled the morning commute for many but the area’s snow drought has ended.   The 83-day period from December 19th through March 11th produced a paltry 0.7” of snow in Chicago.  Then the drought came to an end in just three days, with 11 times that amount: 7.7” falling at O’Hare Airport and 9.3” at Midway Airport. The tallies are more […]

  • 2 killed, 4 wounded after gas station shooting in Washington Park

    CHICAGO — Two men were killed and four others were wounded after a shooting inside a gas station on the city’s South Side. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Friday inside the GoLo gas station near 51st and Indiana in the Washington Park neighborhood. Sources say the shooter or shooters ran out of a car, opened the front doors and started shooting into the vestibule of the gas station. A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times and transported to Stroger Hospital where […]

  • 50 CPS students face off in spelling bee championship

    CHICAGO — Some of the Chicago Public Schools’ best spellers faced off Friday in the Citywide Spelling Bee Championship. Fifty CPS students from 3rd through 8th grade competed in the event at Lindblom High School. Winners competed for a spot at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Spelling Bee Champion will receive a $40,000 grand prize. Earlier this year, 148 schools held individual, school-wide spelling bees and declared one winner from each school. All 148 winners completed […]

  • Disturbing video of shooting released as gang boss sentenced to 9 years

    CHICAGO — A federal judge sentenced to prison for more than nine years a Chicago man who won a $25 million award in 2012 for a wrongful murder conviction only to spend it on rebuilding his street gang. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber sentenced Thaddeus Jimenez after prosecutors showed a video of Jimenez calmly shooting a former gang member in both legs. Jimenez and his co-defendant, Jose Roman — the man who shot the video from the passenger […]

  • High Wind Warning/Advisory for the Chicago area ends – diminishing winds tonight

    Update7PM CST… The High Wind Warning/Advisory for the Chicago area has ended, and winds will diminish this evening and overnight as high pressure builds into the Midwest and Great Lakes. ________________________________________________________________ CHICAGO — Wind gusts are expected to reach as high 60 miles per hour across the far northern portion of the Chicago area, including counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line…Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties, and a High Wind Warning for this afternoon has been issued for those […]

  • WikiLeaks claims to release thousands of CIA documents

    PARIS — WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents that it says come from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to give an eye-opening look at the intimate details of the agency’s cyberespionage effort. The dump could not immediately be authenticated by The Associated Press and the CIA did not return repeated messages seeking comment, but WikiLeaks has a long track record of releasing top secret government documents. One expert who examined the dump, Rendition Infosec […]