Patrick Elwood

Patrick Elwood is a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He joined WGN-TV in 2013.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Patrick has worked for major TV and radio stations in Houston, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to his hometown of Chicago.

Some of his career highlights include the coverage of the White Sox World Series, two Blackhawks Championships, the Bears Super Bowl and the Oklahoma City Bombing, for which he earned a Peabody Award.

Patrick earned his degree at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Chicago with his wife Katie, where they have raised four children.

His credits his biggest accomplishment as the work he’s done with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in which he, along with thousands of Chicago school kids, has raised over $12 million for pediatric cancer research.

Recent Articles
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    Dangerously hot temperatures entering Chicago area

    CHICAGO — It’s going to be a hot one in Chicago later this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see temperatures climbing to nearly 100 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch from noon Thursday through Saturday for several counties. Residents are asked to limit their time outdoors, and stay hydrated. The American Red Cross on Wednesday released its list of “Extreme Safety Tips”: Never leave children or pets in a vehicle – even for a few minutes. The […]

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    6-year-old girl wounded in shooting; Police seek suspects

    CHICAGO –  Police are searching for suspects after a 6-year-old girl was wounded in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan was struck by bullet in her abdomen on her side.  She was sitting on the her front porch with family near 60th and Paulina. Police say the bullets came from someone in a caravan of three vehicles, one identified as a white SUV. They were targeting a group of individuals on the block who were running southbound. […]

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    Suburban boy reportedly injured in dog attack

    SKOKIE, Ill. – A suburban boy was injured Tuesday morning when a dog attacked him. The dog bit the 12-year-old boy in the 8300 block of Christiana in Skokie. WGN News is told the dog a pit bull breed that belongs to a family in the neighborhood. According to some witnesses at the scene, the boy was bleeding when he was taken away by ambulance to the hospital. The deputy fire chief says the boy was transported with non-life threatening […]

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    Sinkhole nearly swallows cars in suburban garage

    BARRINGTON, Ill. —     A sinkhole has opened under the garage of a home in northwest suburban Barrington. The concrete floor buckled beneath two parked cars on Sunday. No one was hurt.  The property backs up to a marsh. Village authorities are warning neighbors that a similar thing could happen on their lots. A professional, structural engineer will be brought in for inspection. The cars will remain in the garage until it’s determined that they can safely be removed.

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    CPD officer honored for saving drowning boy in pool

    CHICAGO — An off-duty Chicago police officer is being hailed a hero for saving a boy who was drowning in a pool over the weekend. Cindy Guerra was at a family graduation party in Orland Park on Saturday when a boy between, the ages of 10 – 12-years-old, was drowning on the bottom of a swimming pool. She jumped in and quickly pulled him out and began administering CPR. The boy was in full cardiac arrest. “I really didn’t have time to […]

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    Gas station clerk fatally shot after shift in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood

    CHICAGO — A gas station clerk was shot and killed in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood. The shooting happened around 12:40 a.m. Thursday at a Citgo gas station at Marquette and State. The victim has been identified by family and friends as 45-year-old Marwan Mahmoud Sadeq, a father of four and an immigrant from Yemen. Sadeq was in an argument with another man in a parking area next to the gas station when shots were fired. He was shot multiple times, including a gun shot to […]

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    Man, called ‘shining example’, fatally shot while playing basketball

    CHICAGO — A man who once spoke alongside Mayor Emanuel and Magic Johnson is among the latest victims of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic. 21-year-old Glennell Fairley was playing basketball with a 15-year-old friend at Ogden Park when shots rang out Saturday. Police say Fairley was shot in the chest and died later at a hospital. Fairley had worked as a mentor and others called him a shining example. He spent two summers working and taking classes through the One Summer Chicago youth […]

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    Emotional day for county’s first mental health program grad under new Palos Hospital partnership

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Today signals a new direction for inmates in Cook County Courts. Thanks to a new partnership with a suburban hospital, instead of going to jail, offenders battling mental health issues are getting the help they need. Today the first offender, Fred, graduated from the mental health court program. After run-ins with the law, Fred was evaluated by mental health professionals at Palos Hospital for free. Instead of going to jail, he went to therapy and got on […]

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    Postal worker hospitalized after swarmed by hornets on route

    WHEATON, Ill. — A postal worker was taken to the hospital after she was stung repeatedly by hornets while on her route. A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service says the carrier was on her route in Wheaton when she sustain 30-50 stings to the head and neck. The carrier rang the doorbell of a nearby home for help. A pest control expert says a landscaping crew had dislodged a hornets’ nest in the area. The carrier, who was reportedly just filling […]

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    Memorial held for Dallas shooting victims

    AURORA, Ill. — A memorial service will be held here at Aurora Police Department in less than an hour in tribute to the victims of last week’s attack on Dallas police. But earlier today in Dallas an official interfaith memorial was led by President Obama, who touched on the issues of the day of police and racial tensions but insisting we will emerge better and stronger as a country. The service was also a show of political unity: Democrats from […]