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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    Illinois lawmakers vote to spare 2 nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plan to keep two Illinois nuclear power plants operating and save thousands of jobs is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who supports the measure. The Senate voted 32-18 to approve the plan Thursday night just an hour after it got House approval 63-38. The measure provides $235 million a year to Exelon Corp. for 13 years. Exelon counts it as a subsidy for nuclear power producing no gases harmful to the atmosphere. It allows […]

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    Winter parking bans go into effect overnight in Chicago

    CHICAGO — If you live in Chicago, you’ll want to watch where you park overnight starting now. Chicago’s winter parking ban went into effect at 3 a.m., and every year, it costs our city’s motorists millions. You do not want to be parked overnight near one of the parking ban signs until April, whether there’s snow or not. Many argue the overnight parking ban is a completely unnecessary money grab by the city. Last year, over 9,000 vehicles were towed, which cost motorists […]

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    Former high school choir director accused of having sex with students, Crystal Lake police say​

    CRYSTAL LAKE — A former staff member at Crystal Lake High School is out on bond tonight, charged with battery in a sex scandal allegedly involving some of his students. Police say they’ve been investigating this since last month, when they got a tip that a high school staff member may have been providing alcohol to his students and having sex with them at his home. 35-year-old Justin Hubly was charged today with two counts of battery and one count of providing […]

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    Less than half of Chicago restaurants received required inspections, report finds

    CHICAGO — A scathing report out Tuesday from the city’s Inspector General on Chicago restaurant inspections finds that well under half received the inspections required by law, and that non-compliance may be the norm. But what’s most surprising is the way the Health Department responded to this report. It couldn’t say when it had last met the proper standards, if ever. The Inspector General says it’s probably not time to panic. But it’s definitely time to make some changes. City of […]

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    O’Hare workers strike on Tuesday to call for $15 minimum wage, union rights

    CHICAGO — Tuesday could be a tough day for travelers at O’Hare, as workers there are going on strike as part of a national day of disruptions planned to call for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The one-day strike was scheduled around the busy Thanksgiving travel season to limit the inconvenience experienced by air travelers, but it’s still meant to be disruptive as workers start to walk off the job. Strikes are planned at 19 other airports across the country. O’Hare and airline officials expect minimal disruptions […]

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    2 toddlers injured when bullets fly through car windshield

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are hoping surveillance video leads to the gunmen who left a pair of toddlers and two teenagers wounded in Brighton Park Tuesday night. A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were gassing-up their car at 10:47 p.m. when police say a dark-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire. About 10 bullets went through the windshield.  Both teens were hit, one in the back, and one in the hand. They were rushed to Stroger Hospital along with the two children, ages three and […]

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    Chicago Theater customer data may be compromised by data breach

    NEW YORK — A massive data breach was reported Tuesday by the owner of the historic Chicago Theater. Criminals appear to have tapped into the its payment system to glean information on cards used between Nov. 9, 2015 and Oct. 24, 2016 at its merchandise, food and beverage locations at Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theater and The Chicago Theater. The information compromised includes credit card numbers, cardholder names and expiration […]

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    Deacon inside church during gas explosion suffers only minor injuries

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A gas explosion destroyed a church annex in Northwest Indiana Monday night, and even though a deacon was inside the building at the time, he suffered only minor injuries, fire officials said. Just 90 minutes later, the church would have been hosting a prayer service, with a lot more people inside. The deacon had entered the building owned by Bethel Congregational Church to prepare for a prayer service, and he smelled gas right away and started looking for the […]

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    Surbuban strip club near convent loses liquor license

    It’s been a battle for the ages in suburban Stone Park: The sisters vs the strip club. And now, after years of fighting, it seems the nuns have prevailed. Club Allure was built right on the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo’s property line. It caught them completely off-guard because the notice of application for the zoning change they should have received was sent to the wrong address.  Lawyers for the nuns accuse the club of doing that deliberately. The […]

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    Roommate allegedly murdered over Facebook post

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — A suburban man has been charged with murdering his roommate and family members say it may have been a revenge killing over a Facebook post. Both the victim, 39-year-old Jason McCullough and the accused killer, 34-year-old Josiah Clark lived in a home on Arcadia Street in Park Forest. They’d been best friends and roommates for years but family members say the victim had recently learned of some disturbing allegations facing his old friend. McCullough took those […]