Tom Negovan

Tom Negovan joined WGN News in 2005 from the investigative unit at CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia. Since then, he’s spent countless hours at the anchor desk and crisscrossed the country covering everything from political campaigns to acts of terror.

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, Tom anchored our breaking news coverage and was reporting from Boston the next day. He didn’t come home until the surviving terrorist was in custody, bringing Chicago viewers live coverage of the dramatic arrest in Watertown, Massachusetts.

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, Tom, a member of relief organization Team Rubicon, worked long shifts providing disaster aid to the people of Queens, NY while shooting stories for WGN.

Tom flew to Colorado with former Governor Rod Blagojevich as he reported to federal prison. He’s sat down with Barack Obama, roamed Taliban-controlled pockets of Afghanistan with the US Army, performed in front of a sell-out crowd at the House of Blues with Chicago rockers, the Lovehammers, trained alongside DEA agents at their headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, and been blacked out twice by the Blue Angels.

Tom completed three Chicago Marathons before being sidelined for good in 2009, when his motorcycle was hit by a car. After recovering from a broken back, he joined the campaign to make drivers more aware of motorcycles.

Tom’s been named one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors, written for both the Chicago Tribune and Michigan Avenue magazine and mentored the next generation of storytellers through the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Street-Level Youth Media. In 2014, WGN named him Employee of the Year for his fearless coverage of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

And yes, he’s picked up a few Emmy Awards along the way.

When Mark’s busy, you’ll find Tom filling in on WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten alongside Micah Materre. But truth be told, he’d rather be out covering a story.


Recent Articles
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    Woman murdered, body dumped near suburban golf course

    BENSENVILLE, Ill. – Authorities are on the scene of a suburban golf course after a body was discovered there this morning. Police say the body of a 37-year-old woman was discovered at the White Pines Country Club around 8:15 a.m. Police say the woman was the victim of a suspected homicide that occurred earlier in the morning in the 11500 block of Grand Ave in  unincorporated Cook County. Neighbors say they knew the victim only as Meagan and she’d lived there for just […]

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    Vigil held in Champaign for victim of shooting

    CHAMPAIGN,  Ill. — An emotional vigil was held in Champaign Tuesday night for the victim of Sunday’s deadly campus shooting. Students, family and friends lit candles and held a moment of silence for George Korchev. The 22-year-old from Mundelein was killed over the weekend when someone opened fire as he walked by. Three others were wounded, including his friend, who still has a bullet lodged in his back. Korchev was a recent nursing graduate who would have started a new […]

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    Gang member charged in fatal shooting of 54-year-old man near Millennium Park

    CHICAGO — A man was been charged in the fatal shooting of another man near Millennium Park over the weekend. Chicago police charged 32-year-old Paul Pagan with murder Monday afternoon. Pagan is a convicted felon and known gang member with 39 arrests on his record, police say. He has four felony counts, four convictions. Police say Pagan was riding his bike Saturday night when he came upon 54-year-old Peter Fabbri of Berwyn. Fabbri had gotten into a verbal dispute with some […]

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    Chicago Police Department plans major hiring over next 2 years

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will dramatically beef-up its force as it battles the deadly gun violence. The CPD will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years to address the spike in crime and offset retirements. Of those positions, 516 will be for patrol officers, 200 for detectives, 112 for sergeants, 92 for field training officers, and 50 for lieutenants. The total cost will be $134 million. But, no details yet on where that money will come from. […]

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    Vigil held for teen found burned in alley; Investigation continues

    CHICAGO — Neighbors, friends and family gathered in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side Tuesday night to hold a vigil for a teenage boy found murdered over the weekend. There was an outpouring of grief for the family of 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. His body was found burning in a trash bin in an alley in the 5500 block of West Cortez in the very early hours of Saturday morning. Demetrius’ only sibling, older sister, Bre Melchor and […]

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    Suburban school’s EpiPen procedure concerns family

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A suburban school district has apologized after a student says a school nurse delayed her use of an EpiPen while she suffered a serious allergic reaction. 15-year-old John Hersey High School student Lia Sommers says she started feeling the symptoms the second she took a bite of a turkey sandwich from the school cafeteria. The sandwich was made, she’d later learn, using a peanut product. Lia carries an EpiPen and she’s had to use it before. […]

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    Day care worker convicted of murder may get new trial

    A former day care worker convicted of murder for the death of a toddler was back in court Friday trying to get a new trial. Melissa Calusinski returned to a Lake County courtroom as a judge considered whether to overturn her conviction. The judge is evaluating new evidence Calusinski’s attorney claims will clear her. Five years ago, a jury convicted her of fatally injuring 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan. But her lawyers claim he died from a previous head injury which was […]

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    Willie Wilson posts $15K in bail for several inmates

    CHICAGO —   Several Cook County jail inmates are free today thanks to Willie Wilson’s generosity. The former mayoral and presidential candidate went to the jail with $15,000 dollars of his own money and bailed out a number of people charged with misdemeanors.  The inmates couldn’t make bond on their Wilson’s idea, which has the backing of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, is to make good things happen and give the men a chance to get out of the notoriously tough […]

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    Police warn of car jackings near Garfield Park Conservatory

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for suspects in a series of carjackings near the Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s West Side. Police say the carjackings too place between August 22nd and September 3rd. Police say the victims were seated in their vehicles when the suspected approached and demanded the vehicle at gunpoint. The suspects then fled in the stolen vehicle. The suspects are described as black males, 20-30 years old, 5’08-6’01 and 180-250 pounds. If you have any information contact […]

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    7 injured, girl in ‘very critical’ condition after SUV hits porch in Chatham

    CHICAGO — A 10-year-old is in “very critical” condition and six others were injured after an SUV hit the girl in the street and then crashed into the front porch of in Chatham Tuesday night, pinning her against the house in the process. Witnesses say a maroon Nissan Pathfinder first struck one sedan, and then another, as it headed South down Vincennes near 80th St. Then they say the SUV hit the girl as she was walking down the street, as she is […]