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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    Drew Peterson transferred to high-security federal prison

    CHESTER, Ill. — Drew Peterson is now an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN, a spokesperson with the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Jill Tyson confirmed Peterson was transferred to federal custody. Terre Haute is a high-security facility for male inmates. Although it’s still unclear why, the Will County State’s Attorney’s office tells us that move from state custody in Illinois to federal custody in Indiana, has nothing to do with […]

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    Civil rights seminar at New Trier becomes political flashpoint

    NORTHFIELD — The polarizing national political climate hit home on the North Shore Monday night, as parents packed a school board meeting over an upcoming seminar at New Trier High School titled, “Understanding today’s struggle for racial civil rights.” Some parents call those “fightin’ words.” Critics say it’s too liberal and they want the program changed or cancelled, while supporters are fighting to keep it. The program has set parents, activists, and teachers at odds. In no small part because it’s New Trier, […]

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    Chicago leads the way for Medicare fraud scams

    CHICAGO — They target the poor and the elderly and taxpayers are the ones who pay. There’s an alarming rise in cases of Medicare fraud nation-wide and the feds say Chicago is not following the trend.  Its leading the way. The problem’s so bad that Medicare imposed it’s first-ever moratorium on new home health agencies in Chicago. There’s a big difference between getting good help from the amazing providers who do this work properly ad being scammed. But what seniors […]

  • ROUND LAKE BEACH, IL - NOVEMBER 04:  Dr. Thomas Rudd, Lake County coroner, listens as George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, speaks to the press about the investigation into the death of Fox Lake, Illinois police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz on November 4, 2015 in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Former Lake County coroner indicted on perjury charges over election documents

    WAUKEGAN — A grand jury indicted former Lake County coroner Thomas Rudd on five counts of perjury, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. Undersheriff Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said the indictments center around nominating petitions submitted by Rudd when he was seeking re-election in 2016. Rose said several of the petitions were challenged but were withdrawn by Rudd before hearings could begin. “Citizens came forward to us to let us know there were issues with these nominating […]

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    Trump: Netanyahu should ‘hold back’ on settlements

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday that the US is going to push for a peace deal with the Palestinians and asked Israel “to hold back” on settlement construction. “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit,” he said, a stronger opposition to the controversial building in the West Bank than he’s previously articulated. Trump made the statements at a news conference welcoming the Israeli leader to the White […]

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    Young girls remain on life support after separate weekend shootings

    CHICAGO — Two young girls were shot in Chicago over the weekend leaving one family praying for a miracle and the other preparing their goodbyes. 11-year-old  Takiya Holmes has no brain activity after being shot in the head Saturday night at 65th and King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood. As family, friends and classmates prepare to say their goodbyes, activist Andrew Holmes, Takiya’s cousin, is begging for someone to turn in the shooter. Also on Saturday, just four miles […]

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    Woman shot and killed by Chicago police on North Side

    CHICAGO – A woman was shot and killed by Chicago police Friday night after she allegedly lunged at them with a knife. Police responded to a 911 call in the 3900 block of Western Ave in the city’s North Center neighborhood around 5:45 p.m.  The caller said a woman was in the CVS store brandishing a weapon, according to police. BREAKING– Irving & Western. Woman attacks police with large knife. Shot and killed when Taser fails. @WGNNews — Tom Negovan (@WGNNegovan) February […]

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    Funding approved to help East Chicago’s lead problems

    EAST CHICAGO, Ill. — Indiana has approved funding to help clean up widespread lead contamination in East Chicago. It is a state aid package the former Indiana governor, now vice-president, Mike Pence, had denied saying the state had already done enough to help. But officials appealed again and said local resources have been stretched to the breaking point. The EPA assessed the level of lead and arsenic contamination on what had already been designated a federal superfund site and placed […]

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    Fatal stabbing in the Fulton River District

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The trendy Fulton River District was the scene of a fatal stabbing this afternoon.  It may have been the result of a fight that spilled off the CTA Green Line. It happened around 3 this afternoon in the 400 block of North Clinton, just blocks from the Ogilvie train station. The crime scene ran two blocks. An unidentified young man was stabbed to death here. It appears the altercation may have started along the Clinton Street el […]

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    War of words escalates between GOP, CPS head after ‘political’ letter sent to students

    CHICAGO — The war of words is escalating between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool. On Tuesday, WGN was first to report that a letter was sent home to all 381,000 CPS students blasting Gov. Bruce Rauner and ignoring any role Democrats may have played in the state’s budget woes. The letter was signed by Claypool. In response, the Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party and Chicago Public Schools parent Chris Cleveland filed an ethics complaint against Claypool for using taxpayer funds […]