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
  • Flooding causes mandatory evacuation for some residents in Marseilles

    MARSEILLES, Ill. — A mandatory evacuation is in effect for some residents in Marseilles who live near the fast-rising Illinois River. About 200 households are impacted and police said compliance for the evacuation is around 80 percent. The river level is more than 22 feet. It is expected to crest around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and remain there for up to eight to 10 hours. The gates on the dam are open. Back in 2013 in Marseilles, spring flooding damaged more than […]

  • South suburbs coping with continued flooding

    NEW LENOX, Ill. – Residents in New Lenox are grappling with high waters and flood damage a day after torrential rain. Hickory Creek is among the waterways that has swelled this week. There is flooding into backyards and some homes that sit along the creek. The rain and the snow melt was too much for the frozen ground to absorb. In northwest Indiana people there dealing with same problem. Flood waters are inundating streets and encroaching on homes.

  • 1 teen dead, 1 wounded in South Side shooting

    CHICAGO —  One teen died and another was injured after a shooting Monday afternoon on Chicago’s South Side. Police said a 19-year-old female and a 15-year-old male were shot in the 7600 block of S. Champlain around 5:30 p.m. The 15-year-old was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died. The 19-year-old was shot in the hip and taken to the hospital.  She is in stable condition. A neighbor said the victims […]

  • Hundreds of CPS students treated to free screening of ‘Black Panther’

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School students who have shown leadership in their communities were invited to free screenings of Marvel’s box office hit “Black Panther.” Chicago Cypher, a Chicago-based collective of artists and entertainment professionals who work together to promote diversity in the film industry, partnered with Black McDonalds’s Operators Association (BMOA) and actor and comedian Craig Robinson, to give over 400 tickets to view the movie Monday. “The movie was awesome. I loved it and I’m glad it came […]

  • Thousands attend funeral of slain CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer

    CHICAGO — Thousands attended the funeral mass of a fallen Chicago police officer to honor and remember his life after he was fatally shot Tuesday. The Bridgeport neighborhood was decorated in blue Saturday morning for the funeral of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the Nativity of Our Lord Church. The commander’s daughter, Grace, 13, delivered a reading at the beginning of the services. There were 1,400 friends, family and fellow officers Inside the church including an overflow room in the […]

  • Suspect charged in Chicago police commander’s murder

    CHICAGO – A man with a long criminal history that includes a conviction for armed robbery has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Shomari Legghette, 44, was also charged with being a felon possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics. Police said Legghette was in downtown Chicago on Tuesday afternoon when tactical officers approached him because he was acting suspiciously. After […]

  • Chicago police commander fatally shot at Thompson Center ID’d

    CHICAGO – An on-duty police officer was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago and has been identified as Commander Paul Bauer–a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Cmdr. Bauer, 53, was shot while assisting a tactical team  pursuing a fleeing suspect near Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street around 2 p.m. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building. The officer was shot multiple times after he “saw the offender and engaged […]

  • Chicagoans, police officers mourn loss of Cmdr. Paul Bauer

    CHICAGO — Tuesday was a sad day in the city’s Old Town neighborhood as residents mourned the loss of Commander Paul Bauer, 53, who was fatally shot near the Thompson Center. Cmdr. Bauer was shot while assisting a tactical team  pursuing a fleeing suspect near a state government office building in downtown Chicago. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officer was shot around 2 p.m. at the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street. It wasn’t immediately clear if the […]

  • West Chicago teachers union holds prayer vigil as strike date looms

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — The West Chicago teachers union and School District 94 have been trying to reach an agreement for two years.  The teachers union held a prayer vigil as a strike date looms. After nearly two years of talks, the union teachers and school administrators remain far apart on salary and benefits. Teachers union president Brad Larson led the vigil outside of District 94 headquarters. “We really appreciate you guys coming out for quality, public education and for […]

  • Paramedics, civilian honored after saving 64-year-old man’s life

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Several suburban paramedics were hailed as true lifesavers Monday after they saved the life of a man suffering from a heart attack—and they got a critical helping hand from a civilian who started CPR before they arrived. Wayne Stringham, 64, suffered a heart attack at the Community Fellowship Church. His friend, Joe Gomilar, and another man were right there with him. Stringham had no pulse and wasn’t breathing Gomilar immediately started CPR. “Without him I wouldn’t […]