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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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    Woman fatally stabbed on Red Line during ‘domestic dispute’

    CHICAGO — A woman was stabbed to death on the Red Line near 47th Street on Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. Jessica Hampton, 25, was stabbed in the neck during an argument with a man she knew. “It was an ongoing domestic argument between a couple, a male and female, on one of the CTA trains,” he said. “As the train approached 47th Street, the male stabbed the female.” Escalante said the offender surrendered to the first officer on the scene […]

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    Police officer credited with helping to save families, pets during house fire

    CHICAGO — Several families have been displaced from their homes but they are alive and well thanks to a Chicago police officer. Officer Jennifer Jacobucci was on her way back to O’Hare airport from police headquarters around noon today. While driving on the Kennedy she heard a news report that a house was on fire only blocks away from where she was in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood. She got to the scene even before firefighters had arrived. The fire […]

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    First of several public meetings held on CPS lead levels

    CHICAGO — More than two dozen Chicago Public Schools have high lead levels in their water, testing has shown. CPS officials answered to worried parents at the first in a series of public forums tonight. CPS began testing several hundred schools within the last few months in the aftermath of the water crisis that occurred in Flint, Michigan. Tonight at Mather High School on the city’s northwest side the first of several public forums has held to discuss what’s being […]

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    Person injured when car crashes into IHOP

    NORRIDGE – At least one person was injured when car crashed into an IHOP restaurant near Irving Park and Harlem in Norridge this afternoon. Witnesses say a woman was getting into a vehicle with another elderly woman in the handicapped spot in front of the restaurant when the car jumped the curb and crashed into the restaurant. Someone inside the IHOP was pinned under the vehicle and later transported to Resurrection Hospital. They were last listed in serious condition. Crews […]

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    Protest disrupt police board meeting after man kicked by police arrested, charged

    CHICAGO – Angry protesters filled a police board meeting tonight. At least one person was arrested, activist Pastor Jedediah Brown. The meeting ended early due to the disruption. The outrage stemmed from the video of a man wrestling with a plain clothes officer on the West Side Monday. When 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal appeared to grab the officer’s throat, a second officer kicked him and allegedly knocked him unconscious. That officer is now on desk duty. The Independent Police Review Authority […]

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    Man kicked in head by Chicago police during arrest facing new charges

    CHICAGO – A man originally released without charges after a video captured an arresting officer kicking him in the head is in the hospital and facing additional charges after allegedly resisting when officers re-arrested him Thursday. A cell phone video shows 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal wrestling with a plainclothes officer on the city’s West Side Monday. At one point, when O’Neal appears to grab the officer’s throat, a second officer is seen kicking O’Neal in the head and seemingly knocking him […]

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    Man kicked in head by Chicago police during arrest released without charges

    CHICAGO –  Chicago police have released the man who was shown on video being kicked in the head by an officer during an arrest earlier this week. Police say 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal was released without charges Wednesday, but the case remains under investigation. O’Neal was seen on a video posted to social media earlier this week struggling with Chicago police. The video which lasts 1:28 seconds clearly shows the O’Neal struggling with the first officer as a crowd watches and yells […]

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    Dog days still far away, but hot temps have arrived

    CHICAGO — On a hot summer day, whether it’s ice cream or a refreshing dip and a cool lake breeze, Chicagoans know what to do. But that’s if you have the free time to recreate. Many others, like a construction crew WGN saw Wednesday, don’t have that luxury. Yes, it’s hot. But the dog days of summer are still a ways away. Back in January, we were longing for temps in the 80s and 90s. Now the weather is perfect for […]

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    Chicago officer relieved of duties as authorities investigate Facebook video

    CHICAGO — CPD has relieved the officer seen in the video of his police powers. Today, a little more than 24 hours after the incident, 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal is facing charges of drug possession, assault on an officer, violation of parole and disorderly conduct. After viewing the video, police superintendent Eddie Johnson ordered an investigation and has referred the incident to the independent Police Review Authority or IPRA as well. “After careful consideration in reviewing the video footage, Superintendent Johnson has decided […]

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    Chicago police investigating after video of officer kicking suspect in head posted online

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating after video of an officer kicking a suspect in the head was posted online. A department spokesman tells WGN Superintendent Eddie Johnson has seen the video and has ordered an investigation. Around 3:15 p.m. on the city’s West Side, an official unknown plainclothes officer is seen on the video struggling to handcuff a suspect. Family identified the suspect as 24-year-old Shaquille O’Neal who appears  to be resisting arrest. Moments later, a second plain clothes officer arrives […]