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
  • Jeb Bush speaks in Oak Brook day after mother’s death

    OAK BROOK, Ill. —  Former presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke to an audience on Wednesday just one day after his mother’s death. Bush spoke at the 11th annual Elmhurst College Governmental Forum on Wednesday, one day after former first lady Barbara Bush died at the age of 92. He said he kept the commitment in his mother’s honor saying she would have wanted him to. Although the forum was supposed to focus on leadership in the changing world, the former […]

  • Video captures U of C officer shooting student wielding pipe; charges filed against student

    CHICAGO — University of Chicago police have released body cam video and video from a police vehicle of a shooting that injured a student who charged at an officer with a metal pipe. The University of Chicago student has been identified as 21-year-old Charles Thomas. Thomas is facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting, including felony aggravated assault of a peace officer and two counts of felony criminal damage to property, according to Chicago police. He is also facing two […]

  • Service held in Chicago to mark Dr. King’s death

    CHICAGO — As ceremonies continue in Memphis honoring the late Dr Martin Luther King, Chicagoans are also paying tribute to the slain civil rights leader’s memory. An interfaith service was held in the chapel at Rainbow Push headquarters. It was in a part of the building that showcases several photographs of Dr King alongside the Rev Jesse Jackson, who is in Memphis marking the historic day. Celebrants in Chicago from a variety of backgrounds gathered to remember the life and work […]

  • Bodies of man, woman found in Indiana home

    NEW CHICAGO, Indiana — Police are investigating the deaths of two people in Indiana as a double murder. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Tuesday afternoon in a house in the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue in New Chicago, Ind. Neighbors said they said they saw the victims on Monday. On Tuesday, a concerned friend paid a visit to the victims’ home, found the door open, saw the victims on the floor and called 911. […]

  • 1 injured after driver of SUV loses control, slams into parked cars

    CHICAGO — One person was injured after the driver of an SUV said he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into several parked cars. The crash happened on the 2900 block of West Addison Street Tuesday afternoon in the Addison Mall on the city’s North Side. The driver of a green Chevrolet Tahoe said the vehicle accelerated, got away from him and went out of control and smashed into other vehicles. A pedestrian was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. […]

  • 3 arrested in Chicago in connection to synthetic pot; 2 deaths, 54 others cases of severe bleeding

    CHICAGO – Three people were arrested in Chicago for selling synthetic drugs containing a substance often used in rat poison at a South Side convenience store. Fouad Masoud, 48, Jamil Abdelrahman Jad Allah, 44, and Adil Khan Mohammed, 44, were charged with controlled substance distribution after officials said they found a large amount of synthetic pot laced with the toxic substance, according to the Chicago Tribune. A complaint said undercover agents visited the King Mini Mart on the 1300 block […]

  • Officials release video of Des Plaines crash that killed 3

    DES PLAINES, Ill. – Suburban police released surveillance video from a crash that killed three family members. The crash happened March 25 around 6 p.m. at Rand and Gold roads in Des Plaines, Ill. A 16-year-old was driving his his family’s Volkswagen Passat when he turned in front of a Lexus at Rand and Golf. The Passat was broadsided by the Lexus and pushed off the road. Three passengers — the boy’s father, mother and sister — were killed. The […]

  • David Shulkin out, Ronny Jackson in as VA secretary

    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will replace his Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the President. Trump thanked Shulkin via Twitter for his “service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS” and said Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, will serve as acting secretary until Jackson is confirmed. A White House official said the embattled Shulkin was no longer effective in his role, saying his […]

  • Jury awards family $250K after boy with autism beaten on school bus

    CHICAGO — A jury in central Illinois awarded a family $250,000 after their son, who has autism, was beaten on a school bus in a video that surfaced in 2014. He was 13 at the time of the attack. The verdict is one of the largest ever returned in a bullying lawsuit in Illinois. The jury ruled that bus driver James Roberts was indifferent to Zachary Liggett’s repeated bullying from 2012 to 2013 — and that the El Paso-Gridley Community Unit […]

  • Boy, 8, jumps to safety in fatal Gary apartment fire

    GARY, Ind. — An eight-year-old boy narrowly escaped an Indiana apartment fire Sunday by jumping from a fourth-story window. He was caught by neighbors holding blankets. Two other children, 2-year-old Kailani Gober and 4-year-old Khristopher Gober, died of smoke inhalation and burns, according to the Lake County coroner. Survivor Monty Spencer, 8, can be seen in cellphone footage jumping from a fourth-story window. He told WGN News. “It was scary when I had to jump,” but he had no other […]