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
  • Photos released of robbery, attack of 81-year-old at CTA Brown Line station

    CHICAGO —  Police released surveillance pictures from an attack on an elderly man at the CTA Brown Line’s Washington/Wabash station. Police said a man tried to steal the elderly man’s phone on Monday night. The two got into a scuffle, and the victim fell down the platform stairs. The victim has a cut to the head, bruising and bleeding on the brain. He was taken to a hospital and admitted to intensive care. Regular CTA riders take it as a […]

  • Increased security at suburban high school homecoming after threats made anonymously

    OAK PARK, Ill. — Extra security was brought in to a suburban high school Friday night after there were threats targeting homecoming celebrations this weekend. The school district says it got a letter Friday afternoon, threatening violence at the homecoming dance Saturday at Oak Park and River Forest High School. The district told parents the threat came from an anonymous note. There was also heightened security at the homecoming football game Friday night. The district told parents in a letter, […]

  • Man charged in East Chicago post office pipe bomb explosion

    HAMMOND, Ind. – A Munster man was charged Tuesday in a pipe bomb explosion at a U.S. Post Office in Indiana in September. Eric Krieg, 45, of Munster, who sought local elected office, was arrested for the explosion that injured a female postal worker. The pipe bomb went off September 6 and around 5:30 p.m. at the post office at 901 East Chicago Avenue. The pipe bomb was being mailed to a city contractor in Hammond and went off early–another […]

  • Lake Co. Republicans holding gun giveaway fundraiser after Las Vegas massacre

    KILDEER, Ill. — Lake County Republicans are moving ahead with plans to raffle-off at least a dozen guns just a dozen days after America’s worst modern-day mass shooting. The Lake County GOP said the plans had been in the works for over a year and it was too late to change now. But it was not too late to help raise money for police who responded to the tragedy in Las Vegas. Among the guns being raffled off is an […]

  • At least 15 killed as fires rage in Northern California

    New evacuations were ordered Tuesday evening as more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California, with the largest ones killing at least 15 people as they scorched the state’s famous wine country. The largest of the deadly fires were burning in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with flames ripping through the lush, picturesque landscape. Officials in the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County called for the evacuations of five more areas Tuesday evening. Already, 20,000 people had been […]

  • At least 10 dead as fires burn in California wine country

    SANTA ROSA, Calif.  — Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods. As he fled through the ember-strewn streets of his neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Jeff Okrepkie knew it was probably the last time he would see his home of the past five years standing. His worst fears were confirmed Monday […]

  • 1-year-old hospitalized after falling out apartment window

    CHICAGO — A one-year-old girl was hospitalized after falling out of an apartment window in the city’s Albany Park neighborhood. The girl fell out of a second floor apartment window on the 2800 block of West Montrose around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. She was transported to St. Francis in Evanston in critical condition.

  • Police: Despite 1,000 leads, still no clear motive in Las Vegas shooting

    Investigators looking into Sunday’s Las Vegas massacre have found no known nexus to terror or connections to ISIS, Undersheriff Kevin C. McMahill told reporters Friday. They have no credible information as to Stephen Paddock’s motive, despite more than 1,000 leads and tips, McMahill said at a news conference. McMahill said authorities are confident there was not another shooter in Stephen Paddock’s room, but are still trying to determine whether anyone else knew of Paddock’s plans. Other developments from the media briefing: — […]

  • Vegas gunman’s girlfriend says he left her in the dark

    LAS VEGAS —Marilou Danley said that she was worried her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, was trying to break up with her when he bought her a cheap ticket to the Philippines about two weeks ago, then wired her money so she could buy her and her family a house there. But Danley, in a statement read by her attorney, said she didn’t know Paddock had planned to carry out a mass shooting. In her first public remarks since Paddock killed 58 […]

  • Police release body cam videos in Las Vegas massacre

    LAS VEGAS —  Authorities on Tuesday released the first body camera footage of police responding to the Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Officers were seen hunkering down behind a wall facing Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after an initial volley of shots fired by the gunman later identified as Stephen Paddock. The footage shows officers telling people to get down as police try to figure out where the rounds are coming from, said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Undersheriff Kevin […]