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
  • Fallen officer’s son has memorable Senior Night with support from CPD

    HINSDALE, Ill. —  It’s was special night for the Hinsdale South varsity water polo team. As the team’s final home game for the season, tradition has it that the seniors on the team are accompanied by their parents. Senior Cullen Gordon lost his father, Chicago police officer Michael Gordon in 2004.  Officer Gordon was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a drunk driver in August of that year. Tonight, as they have done so since […]

  • Long time Wrigley usher attends ring ceremony thanks to hospital staff’s extra efforts

    CHICAGO – A Navy veteran waited nearly 90 years to see the Cubs win the World Series. As an usher at Wrigley Field for the last two decades, Don Vlcek was overjoyed and proud at the chance to wear a World Series ring. Don is also a proud father of four, grandfather to five and great grandfather to 12. But also up there in his lifelong experiences is his World Series ring that he almost didn’t get. At 88, Don […]

  • Suspects sought in string of violent robberies

    ] CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for suspects after a series of recent robberies on the Near West Side. Police say a group of two to seven men 16 to 25 years old approached their victims, then beat and robbed them. Two of the robberies took place on April 20th  in the 900 block of South Bell and the 900 block of North Leavitt. There were two more on April 21st in the 900 block of North Honore and […]

  • Tri-State expansion has some residents concerned

    Plans to widen a congested part of the Tri-State could come at a cost. Residents have concerns about noise and loss of green space. It’s 60 years old and  the 22 miles from 95th St to the O’Hare Oasis is the only part of the Tri-State that hasn’t been expanded. Tonight at the Hinsdale Oasis, tollway officials outlined their plans for expansion and listened to citizens sure to be affected by it. A component would be flex lanes, HOV lanes […]

  • Suburban families out thousands after baseball training facility abruptly closes

    GURNEE, Ill. – A suburban baseball training facility abruptly closed over the weekend and left families and employees out a considerable amount of money. BatSpeed advertised itself as a state-of-the-art baseball and softball academy at a 25,000 foot indoor facility.  Parents of players on traveling baseball teams invested their hard earned money on behalf of their children. Some families say they could spend nearly $3,000 a year at the business. Batspeed’s owner sent parents an email explaining his actions,  It […]

  • Search continues for suburban woman’s killer

    THORTON TOWNSHIP, Ill. — The family of a woman who was killed outside her Thornton Township home last week is pleading for help in solving her murder. Ramona Shelton was laid to rest today. The 37-year-old mother of six was shot to death in her car as she was leaving her home last Thursday. At about 11:30 a.m. on April 6th, Mona left her home to go get lunch for some contractors working on her home. Her family doesn’t think […]

  • Two suburban Chicago men charged with conspiring to support ISIS

    CHICAGO — Two men from north suburban Chicago were arrested Wednesday under federal charges that they conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS). Both 35-year-old Joseph D. Jones and 35-year-old Edward Schimenti, both of Zion, are charged with conspiring to knowingly attempt to provide material support and resources to ISIS, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Illinois. In the complaint filed in federal court, U.S. Attorney Joel Levin alleges Jones and Schimenti pledged […]

  • Police: Man body slammed off-duty officer outside Gizmos Fun Factory

    ORLAND PARK — A man is facing charges after a confrontation with two off-duty police officers working at Gizmos Fun Factory turned physical. Cell phone video captured by a passerby shows a man identified by police as 33-year-old Carlos Kehl wrestling with two security guards before eventually being arrested by Orland Park police. According to police, Kehl began yelling and swearing in an area crowded with adults and children inside the family entertainment center after he was asked to move from one […]

  • Protests held during NEIU furlough day

    CHICAGO — Protests were held Tuesday over furlough days at Northeastern Illinois University. Demonstrators demanded an end to the furloughs needed in light of the ongoing budget battle in Springfield. The furlough days are today, tomorrow and another day in May. The protesters say students are suffering. The move is an attempt to help make up for state support stalled amid Illinois’ two-year budget logjam. The closure will affect about 10,000 students and 1,100 staff members. Services like computer labs […]

  • Strong winds cause damage, close roads in Chicago

    CHICAGO — High winds caused damage and street closures throughout Chicago Thursday. Strong storms on Wednesday damaged homes in White County in eastern Illinois, where a funnel cloud was reported near Enfield. High winds and waves along Lake Michigan prompted officials in the Chicago area to warn people to avoid the shoreline on Thursday. A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today and a Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service […]