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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    Suburban woman murdered in home; Person of interest in custody

    GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. —  Suburban police have a person of interest in custody after a woman was found murdered in her home. The victim is identified as 48-year-old Tina Stevanovic of Glendale Heights. Police only confirm they have a person of interest in custody and no one else is being sought in the killing. The person has not been charged as of Tuesday night. The Dupage County Coroner’s office is working to determine a cause of death.

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    Chicago native Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82

    HOUSTON — Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died at age 82. NASA announced that Cernan died Monday surrounded by his family. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs confirmed the death but had no immediately details. Cernan was born and raised in the Chicago area. He may have walked on the moon, but he remained firmly grounded, not just on earth, but also in our part of it. He grew up in Bellwood, went to Proviso before […]

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    Dept of Justice’s report a damning indictment on CPD

    CHICAGO – The Department of Justice’s report released Friday is extremely critical of the city’s police for lax discipline, excessive force, poor training and for way too often targeting minorities. The report is 164 pages long, 13 months in the making and likely the most damning indictment the Chicago police department’s ever seen. WGN News spoke to some of the people who’ve been watching this process unfold since before many Chicagoans even knew it was underway.

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    President Obama tells Chicago: ‘You were the change’

    CHICAGO —  Eight years ago, Barack Obama inspired Americans to embrace political change with the mantra “yes we can.” He bade them farewell Tuesday after a historic, tumultuous presidency with the words “yes we did.” Obama revived the spirit and idealism of his 2008 campaign in a nostalgic, sometimes emotional final address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago, 10 days before he cedes power to Donald Trump, his antithesis in personality and politics. The President stood unbowed and […]

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    5 taken to hospital from Cook County jail in critical condition

    CHICAGO — Officials say a brawl at the Cook County Jail left five inmates hospitalized with injuries that were apparently inflicted by makeshift weapons. Jail spokeswoman Cara Smith says Friday’s brawl in the jail’s Super Maximum security division was quickly brought under control. The five injured inmates were in serious to critical condition at two local hospitals. She says some of the injuries were puncture wounds and several weapons were recovered, including two that were apparently made from part of […]

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    Neighbor may have helped saved Facebook Live torture victim

    CHICAGO — Charges were announced today in the brutal attack streamed live on Facebook. The suspects documented the horrifying details and admitted their roles in a racially-charged attack on a man with special needs. Police say it started with playing fight that may have been fueled by drugs or alcohol.  It escalating into racial slurs and profane bashing of  Donald Trump. The 18-year-old mentally-disabled victim was bound, stomped, slashed and beaten. But during  a break in the hours-long assault, he […]

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    Sean Spicer, incoming White House press secretary, speaks at U of C

    CHICAGO — The man who will serve as White House press secretary was in Chicago Wednesday evening. Sean Spicer spoke at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Spicer sat down with former Obama strategist David Axelrod to discuss the campaign, the transition and the upcoming Trump administration. Given the polarizing nature of this presidential race, there was reason to believe there’d be some anger here over the presence of a key Trump advisor.  And there was. It came early in […]

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    Man killed by off-duty officer had called police on him before, family says

    CHICAGO — Family members say a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Chicago cop during a confrontation Monday morning was his neighbor and had called police after the officer had pointed his gun at him in the past. According to police, around 9 a.m. Monday an off-duty Chicago transit officer got into an altercation with 38-year-old Jose Nieves in the Kelvyn Park neighborhood, and shot and killed him. Family members say Nieves was unarmed at the time. Jose Nieves’ sister, Angelica […]

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    ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Istanbul nightclub attack

    ISTANBUL — ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly New Year’s attack at an upscale Istanbul nightclub which left 39 dead. As authorities in Turkey continue their search for the attacker, the terror group offered no further clues about the identity of the assailant. The claim — made in a statement posted to Twitter — cannot independently be verified by CNN. “In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked […]

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    Longtime NBA broadcaster Craig Sager dies at 65 after cancer battle

    Longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Turner President David Levy says in a statement Thursday that Sager had died, without saying when or where. Famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, Sager worked basketball games for TNT for nearly a quarter-century. Sager first announced in April 2014 that he had been diagnosed with leukemia, and he missed the playoffs and much of the following season as he […]