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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    1 dead, at least 14 injured in Ottawa as tornadoes, severe storms cross Illinois

    OTTAWA, Ill. — At least one person was killed and 14 were injured as severe storms crossed northern Illinois Tuesday evening. 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland was killed in Ottawa by a falling tree, local police confirm, and Saint Elizabeth Medical Center reports they received 14 patients as a result of the storm with injuries to the head, knee and arm areas. Severe weather across the northern part of the state left damage in its wake. There were reports of power outages in LaSalle […]

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    Authorities digging at Joliet home, searching for ex-deputy missing since 1990

    JOLIET, Ill. — Authorities are searching a home Thursday, as they follow a new lead in a cold case. Former Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Abrams went missing in October of 1990. Just hours after she vanished, police found her locked car, with the keys still inside, but they never found any trace of Abrams. Almost three decades later, a combination of FBI agents and Illinois State Police are digging in a basement of a home in Joliet in response […]

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    A look inside the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s ‘Mighty Ike Air Wing’

    NORFOLK, Va. — Naval Station Norfolk, the biggest Navy installation in the world, is home to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower; “The Mighty Ike” as she is fondly called is a city at sea. Having pulled out of port only three weeks ago, she is somewhere on its latest mission. Only days before, WGN’s Patrick Elwood was invited on board to see the story of how she operates through the eyes of Hometown Heroes on board. In this installment, a 4th generation sailor […]

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    2 Hometown Heroes representing Chicago on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Where are the carriers? that quintessential question that presidents inevitably ask at a time of global crisis. At the world’s largest naval station sits a ship named after our 34th president, with a crew full of heroes on board. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is an air craft carrier of the first class where some Chicago Hometown Heroes do their best work. Patrick Elwood takes an exclusive Chicago look inside this world-class nuclear powered air craft carrier to share the […]

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    A Syrian immigrant shares his story of the American Dream

      Chicago — In the upcoming days President Trump is expected to scrap his executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries in order to replace it with a new one he hopes will overcome conflict with the courts. Syria is one of the country’s currently on Trump’s travel ban. Many supporters of the travel ban feel that terrorists could pose as refugees in order to enter the United States, but this fear is impacting Syrian refugees who pose […]

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    Mexican presidential candidate promises to fight for immigrants in U.S.

    CHICAGO — Popular Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke to residents at a Pilsen high school Monday, promising to fight for immigrant rights both at home and in the U.S. Obrador has said he plans mount an independent run as a presidential candidate in Mexico in several years. WGN’s Patrick Elwood has more.

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    25 people take oath of citizenship as President Trump moves to tighten borders

    CHICAGO — Ma’han was born in Iraq and today, along with 25 other people born in 15 different countries, she became a United States citizen. “I am very happy,” she said after the ceremony. At Chicago’s City Hall today they took part in a ceremony where they took the oath and a pledge of allegiance. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand at the ceremony saying in his speech that today they are citizens in a country that is more than […]

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    Community called to action to find boy’s killer

    CHICAGO — At the corner of Ogden and Kostner, a community came together to call on their neighbors to turn in a killer. Part of “Operation Wake Up,” police, clergy and community activists gathered very near the spot where two-year-old Lavontay White was shot dead as he sat in the back seat of a car driven by his aunt and a 26-year-old male companion was in the passenger seat. Police say that man was a known gang member and was […]

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    Mayor Emanuel criticizes Gov. Rauner over lack of a state budget

    CHICAGO — Welcoming new recruits at the CPD Training Academy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel referenced the gun violence that has claimed the lives of three Chicago children this past week. “Those kids had their lives stolen from them,” Emanuel said. Emanuel said investing in more police officers is only part of the solution, as after school and youth job programs are equally important. Following on the heels of the governor’s address in Springfield earlier this week, Emanuel went off on Rauner’s […]

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    U of C students protest appearance by former Trump campaign manager

    CHICAGO —  A group of students from University of Chicago representing various organizations calling themselves UOFCRESISTS protested a scheduled appearance by Donald Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski Wednesday. Lewandowski was at the university at the invitation of the Institute on Politics and David Axelrod, who was once an adviser to President Barack Obama. The group believes Lewandowski and press secretary Sean Spicer, who appeared at the university last month, promote hatred and division against refugees, immigrants and minorities. They also say the university has seen […]