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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    Thieves targeting cars in South Side Metra lot

    CHICAGO — Several Metra passengers say thieves broke into their cars at a South Side lot. Riders say they park in the lot at the Wrightwood station at 79th and Kedzie regularly and see broken glass from car break-ins on the ground all the time. They say it is an ongoing problem. The lot is not well-lit and there is no security. A Metra spokesperson says they are looking into security and take the complaints seriously.

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    New lead possible in suburban girl missing since 1996

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Family members of a Chicagoland girl missing for more than 20 years will mark a grim anniversary tomorrow. In 1996, 13-year-old Rachel Mellon vanished from her Bolingbrook home without a trace. Tomorrow would have been her 34th birthday. Her father Jeff Skemp is hoping that one day soon he’ll have something to celebrate, thanks to a 10,000 dollar reward for information. Rachel was sick and home from middle school on January 31st when she vanished. Cynthia Georgantas, […]

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    Woman texts dad, calls Chicago police for help in last moments of her life

    CHICAGO — In the last moments of her life, Julia Martin tried saving herself after she was repeatedly stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself. Martin’s ex had come over to her apartment Friday night to pick up the engagement ring Martin wanted to return to him. According to police, he forced open the door to her apartment in the 3000 block of South King Drive and stabbed her repeatedly. He then jumped to his death from the apartment. Martin, 27, who is from Detroit, attempted […]

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    Chicago papers unveil presidential endorsements

    CHICAGO —  Chicago’s major papers picked their candidates in the race for president Friday and raised some eyebrows and the ire of some of their readers. The Chicago Tribune posted online Friday (the print edition comes out Sunday) that it is endorsing Libertarian Gary Johnson. The Tribune says not endorsing anyone would have been a cop-out but it can’t support either major candidate. They advise their readers to vote for the man they call “a principled option.” The paper points out […]

  • SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 6: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson talks to a crowd of supporters at a rally on August 6, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Johnson has spent the day campaigning in Salt Lake City, the home town of former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    Chicago Tribune endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorsed libertarian Gary Johnson as a “principled option” for President of the United States on Friday. The board wrote they believed “this is the moment to rebuke the Republican and Democratic parties.” “We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote,” they wrote. Speaking with WGN, Editorial Board Editor John McCormick said they just couldn’t endorse either the candidate from the major parties. […]

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    Woman murdered, body dumped near suburban golf course

    BENSENVILLE, Ill. – Authorities are on the scene of a suburban golf course after a body was discovered there this morning. Police say the body of a 37-year-old woman was discovered at the White Pines Country Club around 8:15 a.m. Police say the woman was the victim of a suspected homicide that occurred earlier in the morning in the 11500 block of Grand Ave in  unincorporated Cook County. Neighbors say they knew the victim only as Meagan and she’d lived there for just […]

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    Vigil held in Champaign for victim of shooting

    CHAMPAIGN,  Ill. — An emotional vigil was held in Champaign Tuesday night for the victim of Sunday’s deadly campus shooting. Students, family and friends lit candles and held a moment of silence for George Korchev. The 22-year-old from Mundelein was killed over the weekend when someone opened fire as he walked by. Three others were wounded, including his friend, who still has a bullet lodged in his back. Korchev was a recent nursing graduate who would have started a new […]

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    Gang member charged in fatal shooting of 54-year-old man near Millennium Park

    CHICAGO — A man was been charged in the fatal shooting of another man near Millennium Park over the weekend. Chicago police charged 32-year-old Paul Pagan with murder Monday afternoon. Pagan is a convicted felon and known gang member with 39 arrests on his record, police say. He has four felony counts, four convictions. Police say Pagan was riding his bike Saturday night when he came upon 54-year-old Peter Fabbri of Berwyn. Fabbri had gotten into a verbal dispute with some […]

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    Chicago Police Department plans major hiring over next 2 years

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will dramatically beef-up its force as it battles the deadly gun violence. The CPD will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years to address the spike in crime and offset retirements. Of those positions, 516 will be for patrol officers, 200 for detectives, 112 for sergeants, 92 for field training officers, and 50 for lieutenants. The total cost will be $134 million. But, no details yet on where that money will come from. […]

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    Vigil held for teen found burned in alley; Investigation continues

    CHICAGO — Neighbors, friends and family gathered in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side Tuesday night to hold a vigil for a teenage boy found murdered over the weekend. There was an outpouring of grief for the family of 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. His body was found burning in a trash bin in an alley in the 5500 block of West Cortez in the very early hours of Saturday morning. Demetrius’ only sibling, older sister, Bre Melchor and […]