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
  • Oak Park police offer tips on staying safe after rise in carjackings sparks concern

    OAK PARK — A community meeting of residents and police in Oak Park was jam-packed Thursday after several carjackings, including a mother who had her toddler in the backseat at the time, left many in the community on edge. Some residents were critical of police, saying they are taking too long to notify the public of these crimes, and that word is spreading much more quickly by private citizens on social media. In the case of the mother who was […]

  • Police: Report of tourists robbed in Loop unfounded

    CHICAGO — Police say the report of  two out-of-town visitors were robbed at knifepoint while walking in the Loop is “unfounded.” Earlier, it was reported that two 27-year-olds were walking downtown, when their GPS took them to Lower Wacker Drive.  They claimed three people approached them, pulled out a knife,and demanded their belongings. Police now say the story was made up and charges are pending.    

  • Elderly couple robbed at gunpoint inside South Side home

    CHICAGO – An elderly man and woman were robbed at gunpoint in the city’s South Side. Police said an elderly woman was on her way home near 79th Street and Justine Avenue when a man forced her inside her home. The woman’s boyfriend was waiting for her inside and she said the offender then took out a gun, put it in their faces and demanded money. No further details were provided. The incident is under investigation.

  • Friends remember Gary basketball coach

    GARY, Ind. — Marvin Rae, 49, built a dynasty of a basketball program but valued being a mentor to all kids who came his way. His sudden death has friends and loved ones heartbroken. Rae was killed in a multi-car and truck pileup on I-65 in Tippacanoe County. A female friend traveling with him, Kelli Nicole Bradley, was killed as well. “He cared a lot about kids,” said Tyrone Robinson, a coach at Bowman Academy. “He created a basketball program to teach kids […]

  • Woman with baby robbed at gunpoint in Gage Park

    CHICAGO – A woman with a baby was robbed at gunpoint in the city’s Gage Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Police said the woman was approached by four Hispanic men when she was on the 5400 block of South California around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The woman told police as she was heading to her car while pushing her toddler in a stroller. Police said two men displayed hand guns and began asking her where her husband was […]

  • Small plane crashes at Rockford airport, four injured

    ROCKFORD — At least four people were injured, including two minors, after a two engine aircraft crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday evening. According to airport officials, there were no signs of distress as the King Air C-90 came in to land around 6 p.m. Monday, when it clipped the airport perimeter fence and landed short of the runway. Officials said at least four people were on board, including two adults and two minors that were hospitalized after the […]

  • Bus company subpoenaed after sending out offensive ad

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is investigating a Champaign area-based bus company that recently sent out an email ad some thought disparaged Asians. The Bus Company is called Suburban Express and operates shuttles from University of Illinois-Urbana to Chicago and the suburbs.The ad was sent via email Saturday.  It was designed to drum up business for the upcoming Christmas break. Instead it’s generated controversy. The ad listed 11 benefits of riding with Suburban Express. One of […]

  • Oak Lawn car dealer helps family with special needs son after van theft

    CHICAGO — Cynthia Garza says she believes in miracles. This past week, somebody stole the North Side resident’s van. It isn’t just any family van—it’s a 2000 Dodge Caravan. It’s a little old—but dependable—for Cynthia and her husband to transport their son, Luis, in his wheelchair with his breathing and suction machines inside. Luis has cerebral palsy, and he’s blind, deaf and has the mental ability of an 8-month-old. He takes more than a dozen medications a day, and he […]

  • Cook County’s controversial beverage tax expires at midnight

    COOK COUNTY, Ill. —  The final hours are ticking down for Cook County’s controversial beverage tax, and as of midnight on Dec. 1, the penny-per-ounce “soda tax” is no more. Pushed hard by Board President Toni Preckwinkle for its health benefits and as a revenue generator, the tax was controversial from the get go. A lawsuit to stop it was filed, and a public campaign for and against it ensued. The battle even included the likes of former New York […]

  • American Airlines ‘glitch’ allows all pilots to take vacation over Christmas week; cancellations possible

    FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says a computer glitch allowed too many pilots to take vacation in December, resulting in several flights not having enough crew on the schedule, according to a statement from the union representing the airline’s pilots. According to Bloomberg, too many pilots were granted time off during the month of December. The Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents over 15,000 American Airlines pilots, sent a message to its members on Tuesday: “On Friday, management disclosed a […]