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
  • Officers from across the country arrive to pay respects to fallen CPD commander

    CHICAGO — Police officers from across the country are gathering in Chicago to pay their respects to Commander Paul Bauer. Many did not know Commander Bauer but they know the risks he took and the dedication he showed right to the very end. And they’ve come from all over the country tonight to pay their respects. Officers from Dallas, Texas; Girard, Ohio; New York and Boston will be represented at Commander Bauer’s funeral Saturday. They say it’s not an obligation […]

  • West Chicago teachers, district officials reach tentative agreement

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – After nearly two years of talks, teachers and district officials reached a tentative agreement in West Chicago. “We are grateful the negotiating teams were able to find common ground and reach an agreement, that a strike was averted, and that students will be in their classrooms as usual tomorrow,” Board of Education President Gary Saake said. “This has been a very trying time for everyone, and we can now turn our full attention back to where […]

  • Chicago police commander fatally shot at Thompson Center ID’d

    CHICAGO – An on-duty police officer was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago and has been identified as Commander Paul Bauer–a 31-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Cmdr. Bauer, 53, was shot while assisting a tactical team  pursuing a fleeing suspect near Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street around 2 p.m. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting occurred inside or outside the building. The officer was shot multiple times after he “saw the offender and engaged […]

  • Chicago Hope Academy puts faith, belief in service into practice

    CHICAGO — A West Side school is changing lives and taking its neighborhood back using a combination of education, athletics and faith. You could call it a story of redemption; or just a story of Hope. Religious slogans cover the walls at Chicago Hope Academy, a choice that cost the high school millions in charter school funding. Also on the walls: the pennants of top-tier schools its graduates have attended. Any time a visitor enters a classroom at the school, the […]

  • Dow plunges 1,175 — worst point decline in history

    NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,175 points, or 4.6 percent, erasing its gains for the year. The Dow’s drop Monday was its biggest in terms of points, but it had a larger percentage drop as recently in 2011. The Dow is down 8.5 percent from the record high it hit in late January. The slump began Friday as investors worried that higher inflation and interest rates could derail the long-running rally. At one point the Dow […]

  • House Intel Committee votes to release Nunes memo on FBI

    The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday evening to publicly release a classified memo written by Republicans alleging abuses by the FBI in their surveillance practices, but voted against releasing a competing memo written by the committee’s top Democrat. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, told reporters that Republicans on the committee voted to release the controversial memo by chairman Devin Nunes. The Nunes memo says that the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance law over its use […]

  • Video released of bar fight involving cop who killed Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones

    CHICAGO — Officials have released video of a bar fight involving Officer Robert Rialmo, who fatally shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and his neighbor Bettie Jones, 55. The video appears to show Rialmo in an off-duty altercation with a couple men inside Moretti’s Restaurant on Dec. 17. He appears to shove one man and punch another before someone brushes him back and he’s later seen apparently rushing out of the room. Rialmo’s lawyer, Joel Brodsky, has pointed out that […]

  • 2 students killed, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting

    BENTON, Ky. — Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Fourteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin said at a news conference. Another five people sustained other injuries trying to escape the gunfire. A 15-year-old male student was arrested at the scene and will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Bevin said. Marshall County Attorney […]

  • Suspects sought in attempted armed carjacking at Streets of Woodfield

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Police in Schaumburg are searching for as many as four suspects who tried to carjack a driver at gunpoint at a suburban shopping center. The would-be victim said he was parked in a lot around 1 p.m. Monday at the Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg, Ill., when a young suspect wearing a surgical mask approached. He had a silver handgun and demanded he get out of the car. He said another young suspect then approached on the […]

  • Suburban school to close for 1 week due to flu outbreak

    AURORA, Ill. — A school in the western suburbs is closing for one week due to an outbreak of the flu. The Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) will be closed for a week as a result of an outbreak of influenza, according the school’s website. There are 637 students at the school and 106 of them were absent Monday. IMSA’s health office confirmed that of those, 88 were suffering from flu-like symptoms. Just across the street from the school, […]