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
  • Man charged in murder of Cook County judge

    CHICAGO —  Charges have been filed against a man accused of murdering a Cook County judge. Police believe Earl Wilson was the gunman in the fatal shooting of Cook County Judge Raymond Myles. Myles was shot to death outside of his home in the Roseland neighborhood earlier this month.  His girlfriend was wounded. The alleged getaway driver, 37-year-old Joshua Smith, is charged as well.

  • Teen sexually abused on bus in Logan Square

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for a man who sexually abused a girl on a bus in the Logan Square neighborhood Wednesday morning. It happened in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee Ave around 9:40 a.m. Police say he walked up to the girl on board the bus and sexually abused her. Then he jumped off the bus and fled westbound on Milwaukee. The 14-year-old girl was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. There is not yet much of […]

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    Abortion bill passes Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions. The House voted 62-55 Tuesday to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases. The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a “progressive agenda.” Abortion bill passes House, 62-55. pic.twitter.com/nUP2FEyLjk — Haley BeMiller (@haleybemiller) April 25, 2017 The measure is sponsored by Chicago Democratic state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz. She called […]

  • Plan for gun range with bar finding opposition in suburb

    A shooting range with a bar attached? That’s a proposal in southwest suburban Willowbrook.  Residents packed a public meeting Monday night and many called it the worst idea imaginable. Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla had to keep the vocal opposition under control as the Chicago Gun Club’s backers made their pitch for a state-of-the-art shooting range that would help train local cops, give jobs to veterans, teach people how to shoot more safely and make a generous contribution to the local […]

  • Vandals shooting out car windows in suburb

    STREAMWOOD, Ill. – Police are looking for a group of vandals who are shooting out the windows of high-end luxury cars. Some residents are concerned though they are not being targeted because of their cars but because of the color of their skin. The suspects hit 15 cars in the 0-100 blk of Augusta Drive Monday night between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Neighbors say they don’t think there was a victim who’s not an immigrant and […]

  • Jury awards $350,000 in teen’s fatal Chicago police shooting

    CHICAGO — Jurors have awarded $350,000 in damages in a lawsuit brought by the mother of a black teen fatally shot by Chicago police. The Chicago Tribune reports the jury found the July 2013 shooting of 17-year-old Christian Green unjustified. They awarded the damages Tuesday. Attorney Victor Henderson representing the teen’s mother told jurors Green already tried to ditch a weapon and was shot in the back while running away. Prosecutors said Officer Robert Gonzalez was justified shooting Green because the […]

  • Woman found dead in suburban apartment; Police seek suspect

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Suburban police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead in her apartment. Schaumburg police were called to an apartment in the 2600 block of Clipper Dr on Sunday for a well being check. Police say they entered the apartment and discovered the body of 33-year-old Tiffany Thrasher. An autopsy was conducted and determined the cause of death to be strangulation, police said in a statement. Police say the woman was killed between 8 p.m. […]

  • Teen caught in crossfire in South Loop Burger King parking lot

    CHICAGO – A teenage boy is recovering  after a late afternoon shooting in the South Loop. 14-year-old Shawndreus Sharp, an 8th grader at National Teachers’ Academy is being treated tonight for a gunshot graze wound to the back. The late-afternoon gunfire erupted outside a South Loop Burger King on South Michigan Ave. Witnesses say occupants of two cars traded insults, then bullets. Shawndreus and his mother were caught in the middle.  His mother sped through the gunfire and when it […]

  • Peaceful trash cleanup erupts into clash with Chicago police; Several arrested

    CHICAGO — A peaceful march through a South Side neighborhood earlier this week suddenly erupted in violence that included clashes with police that seem to come out of nowhere. The marchers say it was the police who started it. The group is called New Era Chicago. It says its mission is empowering those who live in poor, African American neighborhoods. They say everything they do is meant to be peaceful. Two Saturdays ago, there was a gathering at 63rd and […]

  • Police say judge was killed during ‘targeted’ robbery attempt

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge killed outside his South Side home Monday was shot during a “targeted” robbery, police officials said Wednesday while announcing the first charges filed in his slaying. Joshua Smith, 37, was charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and obstruction of justice for the fatal shooting of Associate Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Myles. Myles, 66, was shot early Monday outside his South Side Chicago home. A woman he knew had already been […]