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
  • Family wants answers after Chicago police raid home by mistake

    CHICAGO — A family on Chicago’s West Side says they were terrorized when Chicago police raided their home by mistake. The family says they were shocked when police kicked their door in at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Romell and Ashanti Franklin say the officers broke down the door with guns drawn with no badges or warrant. “If you don’t have a proper search warrant, or whatever, I’m not opening my door,” Ashanti said. Ashanti was getting ready to go to work […]

  • Popular suburban teacher fired for confronting student who refused to stand for Pledge

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — A popular Blue Island teacher is out of a job tonight after confronting a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. 15-year-old Shemar Cooper became well-known last September, when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at Eisenhower High School. A teacher who chastised him for it was reprimanded and Shemar’s mother thought that was the end of it. But it wasn’t. Vince Ziebarth teaches Drivers Ed and about a month […]

  • With music programs in danger, student orchestra plays outside budget meeting

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Music programs and teachers’ jobs are on the chopping block in Evanston unless homeowners come to the rescue. In just a couple of weeks, Evanston residents will be voting on whether to increase their own property taxes. If they don’t, schools are facing dramatic cuts. Locals say the school board has done a great job balancing the books through the end of the year. But then District 65 needs another 14.5 million dollars. They can’t look to […]

  • CPD unveils new reform measures

    CHICAGO —   Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced new reform measures for the department. The plan centers around more community engagement and better training for officers. The department faces a lot of scrutiny given the ongoing violence in Chicago. The superintendent emphasizes a lot of the trouble is deeply entrenched in neighborhoods, and it won’t be improved overnight. CPD also plans to roll out more body cameras this year.

  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal, best-selling author, dead at age 51

    NEW YORK — Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a popular author, filmmaker and speaker who brightened lives with her wide-eyed spirit — and broke hearts when she wrote of being terminally ill and leaving behind her husband Jason — has died. Her longtime literary agent, Amy Rennert, said Rosenthal died Monday. Rosenthal was 51 and had been diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer. A Chicago native and longtime resident, Rosenthal completed than more 30 books, including journals, memoirs and the best-selling pictures […]

  • More than 65 arrested in massive drug bust on West Side

    CHICAGO — More than 65 gang members were charged Thursday in a major sweep targeting fentanyl-laced heroin and cocaine. Chicago police teamed up with the feds in the sting they called “Operation Sweet Dreams” targeting drug dealers on the West Side. The arrests come a month after police shut down a drug ring on the South Side. “This takedown, which is large and significant, is the culmination of a 14-month joint state and federal investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon. […]

  • Chicago teachers union considering one day strike

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers union is considering a one day strike May 1. The CTU is upset about the prospect of losing 13 school days at the end of the year and the fact that a long- term funding plan for city schools is still up in the air. The union insists public schools are broke on purpose and that CPS needs to find a way around a shortened school year. They want teachers in class every possible day. […]

  • 4 shot on South Side; Third shooting in the area Tuesday

    CHICAGO – Four people were shot Tuesday night on Chicago’s South Side. The shooting took place at 76th St and May in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. A 56-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 40-year-old man suffered a graze would to the head. Both victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition. A 36-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and was taken to the hospital in good condition. A 25-year-old man was wounded in the hand […]

  • Emanuel calls Rauner ‘Emperor who wears no clothes’

    They were once close friends, but tonight the gloves have come off. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner have been slugging it out over funding for Chicago Public Schools. Today, Emanuel called the governor “the emperor who wears no clothes.”  He also called on the governor to “do your job” and bring the state a balanced budget. A spokesman for the governor fired back at the mayor saying “sounds like someone has a Napoleon Complex.” When it comes to […]

  • Rally held for transgender rights in downtown Chicago

    CHICAGO — A rally in support of transgender rights was held in Chicago’s Loop Friday night. Demonstrators are targeting President Donald Trump saying they are fearful about the current political climate and what some are calling a rising tide of hate. The crowd chanted as they marched through downtown streets to a candlelight vigil at Federal Plaza in honor of transgender lives lost to violence. Some point to the administration’s rollback of transgender bathroom guidelines for public schools as cause […]