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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    Violent car crash kills pedestrian, pins driver

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — A pedestrian was killed Wednesday after he was struck violently by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in west suburban Maywood. Witnesses say the female driver was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Roosevelt Road approaching 9th St around 4 p.m. Witnesses say the driver tried to make the turn and hit a man walking through the intersection and then hit the traffic light. The car started on fire and driver was […]

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    From life savers to coworkers: Patient joins hospital staff 10 years later

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — Ten years ago, a doctor and nurse worked to save a teenage girl’s life.  Now the girl is all grown up and joining them on hospital staff. It’s been a decade since Michelle Bruno saw Dr. Ted Toerne and nurse Margie Sheerin.  But they certainly left a lasting impression. “I just remember waking up in the morning and feeling extremely sick,” Michelle said. Michelle was enrolled at all-girls Mother McCauley High School located near Christ Hospital […]

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    Fort Hood soldier from Illinois found dead in barracks

    FORT HOOD, Texas  —  Officials are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Fort Hood soldier from Illinois. Spc. Dion Shannon Servant was found unresponsive in his barracks room at the Texas military base on Aug. 19. The 24-year-old entered active-duty service in June 2014 as a petroleum supply specialist. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since December 2014. Servant was from Maywood, Illinois. His awards and decorations during his time […]

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    AC installed in some CPS schools ahead of first day, other challenges remain

    For tens of thousands of suburban kids, today it was goodbye summer, hello school year. Chicago Public School kids will not return to class until the day after Labor Day but today, some schools in the city got air conditioning installed. At Bouchet Elementary Math and Science Academy at 73rd and Jeffery, Mayor Emanuel and Schools CEO Forest Claypool were on hand today as some of the last of air conditioners are being installed. By next year, Emanuel says he […]

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    CPD head calls for firing of 7 officers for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called for seven officers to be fired for lying about the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald Thursday, the same day the man who shot McDonald, former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, appeared for a status hearing as he awaits trial on murder charges. Johnson’s move comes only several days after the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson delivered a scathing report concerning how the matter was handled internally by the Chicago Police Department. Among Ferguson’s findings: […]

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    CPS looks to hire 1,000 teachers after laying off 500

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is looking to hire 1,000 teachers less than two weeks after it laid off about 500 of them. The positions need to be filled in time for the school year to start Sept. 6. CPS says there’s nothing unusual about layoffs. CEO Forrest Claypool explained as shuffling teachers among schools that have enrollments that have declined to others that have had increases and nearly 60 percent of teachers given pink slips in years past were […]

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    IG report topic during public hearing on IPRA’s future

    CHICAGO – A public meeting was held Tuesday night with Chicago residents weighing in on plans to disband the Independent Police Review Authority and replace it with a new agency. Earlier today Mayor Emanuel did not say much about Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s report on the department’s handling of the Laquan McDonald investigation that’s now on the desk of CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “I won’t have much to say on this particular issue until Eddie makes his decision,” Emanuel told […]

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    Chicago leaders react to inspector general’s criticism of Laquan McDonald case

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel had little to say today on Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s report on the department’s handling of the Laquan McDonald investigation that’s now on the desk of CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “I won’t have much to say on this particular issue until Eddie makes his decision,” Emanuel said. While not made public yet, Ferguson’s report is allegedly critical of at least 10 officers involved in the McDonald matter and Deputy Chief David Mcnaughton, who signed off on the matter […]

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    Chicago police buy and install pool for 6-year-old shooting victim

    CHICAGO — 6-year-old Taccara Morris almost lost her life when a stray bullet hit her in the stomach last month. Tacarra is recovering and doing well, but she was afraid to come outside and play. She was on her front porch on Tuesday, July 19th near 60th and Paulina when three cars stopped in a nearby alley. Someone stepped and fired about two dozen rounds. The cars continued south, and then someone fired another couple of dozen shots toward someone running through […]

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    Restaurant owner steps up to feed prep football team

    BERWYN, Ill. — For Wendell Phillips Academy, 2015 was a historic year. They became the first CPS team to win a state football title. Many Phillips football players come from low income households. And as they eye another championship run this year, some of the things needed to play, like a pregame meal, they can’t afford. With no concessions or booster club, head coach Troy Mcallister and his assistant coaches started a GoFundMe page.  And the student athletes did their part […]