Sean Lewis

Award-winning journalist Sean Lewis joined CLTV in March 2007 and WGN-TV in June 2008. Currently, he anchors WGN Weekend Morning News and files reports for WGN News at Five and Nine during the week.

Sean came back home to Chicagoland after more than two years as weekend anchor at WWBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia. Sean grew up watching Chicago news but has lived and worked throughout the Midwest.

His first job was in the chilly city of Fargo, North Dakota where he served as reporter. His moves also included reporter in Madison, Wisconsin and morning anchor in Rockford, IL.

In Rockford, Sean served on the board of AIDS Care Network and was named “Best Newswriter” by the Illinois Associated Press. In 2009, the Associated Press recognized Sean again for his special report on the student journalists who were the first on the scene of the NIU Shootings. Sean is a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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    Anita Alvarez calls critics ‘wrong and misinformed’ in wake of shooting video, charges

    CHICAGO — Rightly or wrongly, Anita Alvarez has taken the brunt of criticism from the public about the amount of time it took to investigate the killing of Laquan McDonald and charging Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke with first degree murder. Alvarez says a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on this case did make it longer, but that it was worth it: it built a solid case. On Wednesday she responded to accusations of police trying to […]

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    Prior complaints about officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald

    CHICAGO – Jason Van Dyke is someone who has spent most of his career working in high crime areas, the toughest neighborhoods around. He was a patrol officer in Englewood and worked for a time for a unit that aggressively went into neighborhoods where crime was spiking. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy later disbanded this crew. Van Dyke was accused of bad deeds while wearing a badge again Tuesday, this time on a whole new level. According to a University of […]

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    No bail for Chicago cop charged in Laquan McDonald’s murder

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer is being held without bail in the fatal shooting of a teenager. Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20. Charges were announced Tuesday as the city prepared to release a squad-car video of the shooting. Van Dyke requested protected custody and is now incarcerated in the Cermak hospital building. If convicted of first degree murder, Van Dyke faces a sentence […]

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    Chicago cop expected to face murder charge in shooting of black teen: Tribune report

    CHICAGO — As the city braces for the imminent release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting an African-American teen, the veteran officer is expected to appear in a Cook County courtroom Tuesday to face a charge of first-degree murder, according to multiple sources. Officer Jason Van Dyke is shown on the police dash-cam video jumping out of his squad car and within seconds unloading 16 rounds into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, lawyers for McDonald’s family have said. […]

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    Thanksgiving Basket Brigade knows: Secret to living is giving

    CHICAGO —  It may sound and look like a party, but it goes so much deeper. On Sunday more than a thousand volunteers put their hands together to help many more.  The Chicago Basket Brigade forged ahead with its mission that the secret to living is giving. The food is mostly donated. The time, certainly, is to pack it up and ship it out.  It’s a project that began in Chicago seven years ago, with just 20 baskets. It’s a […]

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    Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair underway at Navy Pier

    CHICAGO– The Toy and Game Fair is open to the public and runs until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and from 10:00 -5:00 Sunday at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Admission is five dollars for kids and $10 for adults. When the holidays are so close– and the toys are this close– is it any wonder why we can find so many emotions at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. JJ Medina is one of the kids who came to see for himself. […]

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    A charitable Thanksgiving thanks to Greater Chicago Food Depository

    CHICAGO — On Chicago’s Southwest Side, the work of the Greater Chicago Food Depository is always on the go. Canned foods, potatoes, the ham, the turkeys, more than 6,000 of them this weekend alone.  All of it is being shuttled out to more than 100 food pantries across the city right now, just in time for Thanksgiving. One hundred seventy-five thousand pounds of food is being moved by a mostly volunteer force. WGN’s Sean Lewis has the story.

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    Jury finds man guilty in 2007 murder case

    CHICAGO  — A Cook County jury has convicted a man accused in the death of a Chicago woman and whose trial was long delayed by legal maneuvering. Reginald Potts was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 2007 death of 28-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative Nailah Franklin. The woman’s remains were found in a wooded area behind a vacant Calumet City store owned by Potts’ brother-in-law. An autopsy determined she’d been asphyxiated. In closing arguments, prosecutors said Franklin left her Chicago […]

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    Police searching for suspects in North Side alley fires

    CHICAGO — Police say kids may be responsible for some of the fires that have been set in several North Side alley fires over the past month. About 18 fires have been reported near Hamlin Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village and West DePaul since Oct. 18. Investigators say people have been setting fire to trash bins and disregarded items. Several garages and at least one coach house have been destroyed or damaged, but most fires have been contained to the garbage […]

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    Medical marijuana sales debut in Illinois

    CHICAGO — The wait for legal medical marijuana in Illinois is over. Sales are beginning today at eight licensed dispensaries across the state. Approximately 3,300 patients with Illinois-issued ID cards will be able to purchase medical cannabis. To become approved, patients need proof from their doctors that they have one of about 40 qualifying conditions. They also have to get fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check. At the medical cannabis dispensary in Mundelein people were lined up this morning […]


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