Sean Lewis

Award-winning journalist, Sean Lewis, is an anchor of WGN Saturday Morning News and WGN Sunday Morning News, with the expansion of weekend news in September 2016. Prior to that, Sean filed reports for WGN News at Five and WGN News Nine during the week. He joined CLTV in March 2007 and WGN-TV in June 2008.

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

Sean is a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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.


Recent Articles
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    WWII vet, who was beaten and robbed in her home, is honored for her service

    BRIDGEVIEW — More than 70 years since she served her country in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Josephine Renier was honored for her service. 94-year-old Renier made headlines after she was beaten and robbed inside her home.  But now she’s being acknowledged for her own service, given an award for her military service on behalf of a grateful community. WGN’s Sean Lewis has more.

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    CTA gets $1 billion grant from Obama for major upgrades

    CHICAGO — Officials say a $1 billion funding agreement with the federal government will help modernize Chicago’s Red and Purple lines as part of a public transit construction project to create an estimated 6,000 jobs. The project announced Monday is described by the Chicago Transit Authority as the largest capital project in the transit agency’s history. Word of the grant funding for President Barack Obama’s hometown comes as he prepares to leave office. The CTA says the grant money comes after Mayor Rahm Emanuel […]

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    Coaches honored for making a difference on and off the field

    LA GRANGE, Ill. — At Lyons Township High School, a celebration of teaching and coaching brought a community together as four coaches were recognized for making a difference on and off the field. Part of the Pepsico Showdown and Buddy’s Helpers, students and others had some special surprises to give to those who give so much of their own time to help others. A coach from Wheaton Warrenville South even received a car! Sean Lewis has the full story.

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    Thousands brave cold until tickets to Obama speech run out; some already on sale for $2,500

    CHICAGO — Thousands of people lined up in frigid temperatures hoping for tickets to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago. Tickets were handed out for free Saturday morning at McCormick Place on a first-come, first-served basis. Obama plans to speak to supporters there on Tuesday night, carrying on a tradition set in 1796 when George Washington addressed the American people for the last time as president. Obama has described the event as “a chance to say […]

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    Trump announces news conference for next week

    NEW YORK  — President-elect Donald Trump made it official: He will hold a news conference in New York next week. “I will be having a general news conference on JANUARY ELEVENTH in N.Y.C. Thank you,” Trump tweeted. I will be having a general news conference on JANUARY ELEVENTH in N.Y.C. Thank you. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017 The president-elect has been consistently criticized for not making himself more available to the media since his election. He has […]

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    Sheriff’s deputy shoots, kills teen in altercation in Villa Park

    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Authorities say a teen was fatally shot after getting into an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy in suburban Chicago. DuPage County Sheriffs were called to a home at Standish and Eliot Lanes in unincorporated Villa Park for a domestic disturbance Monday morning. The first responding deputy got into an altercation with the 17-year-old at the house and subsequently shot him. The deputy says he believed the teen had a knife. The Daily Herald reports that the teen had mental health […]

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    Meet Wrigley, Savannah, and the area’s first babies born in 2017

    CHICAGO — They are the area’s newest New Year’s babies: little Savannah was born at 12:31 a.m. Sunday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and Wrigley Rose just beat her to the plate at 12:12 a.m. at Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Wrigley’s dad Aaron Dalbey – who is a Cubs fan, if you didn’t guess – didn’t expect this New Year’s arrival to come so soon, 3.5 weeks before her due date. And the labor took under two hours. […]

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    Big Monster Toys, where toy ideas are born

    Behind the toy giants, Fisher Price, Hasbro, and Mattel, is a toy design company in Chicago you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s called, “Big Monster Toys.” As WGN’s Sean Lewis reports, their work is top secret. But, in this week’s spirit of giving, they let us take a peek behind their big yellow door. You want one, right? They are either sold out, or you’ll pay a pretty penny for one now. We invite you to share this story. And […]

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    Wool painting: How a love of animals led a Chicago area artist to a new calling

    The world is filled with starving artists. But often it’s just a matter of finding a niche. A Wauconda artist has found hers, painting with wool.  As WGN’s Sean Lewis reports, it’s an art form that has grown from a love of animals, to a new career as an author and illustrator of childrens’ books. Her first book will be published in April called, “Seasons of Joy; Every day is for outdoor play.” If you’d like to find Claudia Marie […]

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    How one man races to keep the past of Chicago present

    CHICAGO — Eric Nordstrom didn’t plan to spend his life poking around crumbling churches, homes and hospitals on a quest to document history. He studied molecular genetics at the University of Minnesota and was a staff scientist at the University of Chicago. But he would spend weekends wandering through abandoned buildings just to see what he could find. “I call it portals to the past,” Nordstrom said. “These are the stories that make Chicago such an interesting place to live.” As demolition […]