Julian Crews joined the WGN News team in 1996. He is a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News.

From breaking news to feature reporting, Julian has reported all over Illinois, from Carbondale’s Shawnee National Forest to Chicago City Hall. The roaming street reporter travels to every corner of the Chicagoland and Illinois region, bringing news of the day to WGN and CLTV viewers.

Over the years, Julian has worn many hats, from the “Around Town” beat to politics and crime, producing in-depth, investigative pieces on Chicago street gangs and organized crime. Covering John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998 was especially fulfilling for Julian. The son of Cuban-born parents, he visited his family’s home in Havana, taking WGN viewers along for the ride.

Every spring, Julian takes people on a spirited road trip across the Land of Lincoln with the popular Cruisin’ Illinois travel series. His Cruisin’ web exclusives have become a major attraction on wgntv.com.


Recent Articles
  • Naval Station Great Lakes ‘gate runner’ was a base worker; lockdown lifted: officials

    GREAT LAKES, Ill. — A man drove onto a naval station north of Chicago without showing credentials early Friday, leading to the base being locked down and a warning to personnel to “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT!,” turned out to be an employee who didn’t follow directions, officials said. The “gate runner” at Naval Station Great Lakes ended up being a worker who was authorized to enter the base but who “did not follow directions of the gate sentry,” a base spokesman, […]

  • Warning issued after armed Red Line robberies downtown targeting juveniles

    CHICAGO — Police have issued a warning after two recent Red Line robberies targeting juveniles. The first robbery took place on Jan. 8 at around 3 p.m. in the 1100 block of North State Street. Two days later, police responded to a Red Line robbery in the 100 block of North State Street just after 1:45 p.m. Police said the suspects are approaching juveniles on the Red Line, display or imply that they have a gun and then take the […]

  • Lawyers say new evidence exonerates Marni Yang in 2007 killing of Rhoni Reuter

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Lawyers for Marni Yang said Wednesday that new evidence exonerates her in the 2007 murder of Rhoni Reuter, the then-girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, and called for a new hearing in her case. Reuter was shot six times, including two bullets to her abdomen, resulting in the death of both her and her unborn child in 2007. Yang had an on-again, off-again relationship of her own with Gayle, and at her trial was portrayed as […]

  • Brothers wounded in Chicago barbershop shooting released from hospital

    CHICAGO — Two young brothers wounded in a shooting at a West Side barbershop have been released from the hospital Cierra Mobley’s sons were seriously wounded in last week’s unsolved shooting. Her youngest son, who suffered three bullet wounds, will need more surgery and physical therapy “I still have to put on his clothes and bath him,” Mobley said. “I still have to be here with him 24-7 because he has to go to surgery later this week.” More surgeries […]

  • Young brothers, teen remain hospitalized following West Side barbershop shooting

    CHICAGO — Two young brothers and a teenager are among the victims of Thursday night’s shooting at a West Side barbershop. The shooting took place at around 6:15 p.m. at a barbershop called Gotcha Faded, located in the 200 block of North Pulaski Road, in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said two men entered the shop, looked around, exited the shop and then began firing into the doorway. The suspects got into a car and drove off, police said. […]

  • Green Beret from Chicago area killed during parachute training in Arizona

    ELOY, Ariz. —Nathan Goodman traveled the world over dozens of deployments, taking on all kinds of dangerous missions, until a training exercise in Arizona tragically cost the life of one of Lansing’s very own. Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman, 36, was killed during free-fall training in Arizona. Free-falling is when soldiers jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes. Goodman was a 17-year veteran who had been on eight deployments overseas, including five in Iraq and Afghanistan. Staffers at Goodman’s former […]

  • Cicero police investigating after burglars target home of missing teen

    CICERO, Ill. — Police in Cicero said they are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 17-year-old girl. Velia Flores was last seen on Jan. 6 leaving her residence in the 5100 block of Cermak Road. Her family reported her missing two days later. Police deemed her disappearance suspicious because a residential burglary happened at her residence later in the day. At a news conference Wednesday, police said they have no information to make them believe the teen is […]

  • Sureel Dabawala

    Missing Schaumburg woman found dead in trunk of her car in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A missing woman from Schaumburg has been found dead in the trunk of her own car in Chicago. Private investigators hired by the family of 34-year-old Sureel Dabawala found her Monday night in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood. She was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the trunk of her 2011 Lexus sedan. Dabawala was reported missing Jan. 1 after failing to return home on Dec. 30.  Schaumburg police listed Dabawala as an “endangered missing person” […]

  • Jackson brothers help break ground on new Hard Rock Casino in Gary

    GARY, In. — Members of Gary’s most famous family helped break ground on a new casino that developers hope will bring millions of visitors to the area Thursday. Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson stood flanked by the costumes they used to wear with late brother Michael as they marked the beginning of construction on the nearly $500 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in northern Indiana. It was a homecoming of sorts for the brothers, who began their their musical […]

  • Robbers posing as rideshare drivers targeting passengers on Near North Side

    CHICAGO — Robbers targeting rideshare passengers picked up multiple people waiting for late-night rides in the Old Town, River North and Gold Coast areas in recent weeks, according to Chicago police. The most recent incident targeted a passenger waiting for a ride on the 400 block of West Ontario Street in the early morning hours of January 3. Once they mistakenly get into the offenders’ vehicle, police say rideshare customers find themselves in the car with multiple assailants who strong-arm […]

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