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
  • Local ministers demand firing of officer who killed security guard in Robbins

    ROBBINS, Ill. — The Rev. Michael Pfleger and other church leaders are calling for the firing of a Midlothian police officer who shot and killed a security guard. Jemel Roberson, 26, was shot and killed around 4 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins. There was a fight inside the club while Roberson was working as a security guard; a man started shooting. Witnesses said as Roberson was apprehending the shooter — with police from […]

  • IL transportation officials says be smart, pay attention driving in snow

    CHICAGO — If you’re driving in the snow, state transportation officials say be smart and stay focused. Illinois State police commanders describe the fatal accidents they’ve seen,  often times the result of distracted driving in dangerous winter conditions. “Together we are reminded that safety is everyone’s responsibility,”  says Hiram White, manager of IDOT operations. “This winter, plan ahead. If the weather is bad, ask yourself ‘is this trip necessary?'” The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Tollway Authority, state police and […]

  • Charges filed in murder of Bears players’ barber

    HARVEY, Ill. — Prosecutors have filed charges in the murder of Mike Carney, a popular Chicago-area barber who was shot dead in front of his 5-year-old daughter last month. Perry Gosa, 27, of Matteson, is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 21 attack. Authorities believe the motive was jealousy; Carney was dating Gosa’s ex-girlfriend. Carney was shot twice in his head after pulling into a gas station in Harvey. His daughter was in the car at the time. Gosa […]

  • Michelle Obama kicks off book tour at United Center

    CHICAGO — Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir, “Becoming,” arrived on shelves Tuesday, and the former first lady launched her book tour in Chicago. “Becoming” chronicles her childhood on the city’s South Side through to her eight years at the White House. Obama signed copies of her book at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood Tuesday ahead of her appearance at the United Center. The book signing event sold out quickly. It seems like yesterday that […]

  • Family sues after SWAT team raids apartment by mistake in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO —  A family in the city’s Back of the Yards has filed a federal lawsuit against the city for a mistaken police SWAT team raid on their apartment. The suit says during the Aug. 9 incident, SWAT team members pointed assault rifles at members of the Tate family, including four children, ages 4 to 13. A gun was pointed at the chest of Ebony Tate while she held her 4-year-old. The family’s Attorney, Al Hofeld Jr. says the family […]

  • New $20M community sports complex opens in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood

    CHICAGO — A big new community sports center is now open on the city’s Far South Side, and many are many are hoping it can become an anchor for the region. The $20 million Pullman Community Center at 103rd and Woodlawn is the largest indoor sports, education and community center in the Chicago area. The 135,000 square foot facility has three indoor, regulation size, synthetic turf playing fields, three hardwood courts, and year-round, organized ‘after-school’ and day-off recreation and education programs […]

  • Community meeting held after racist graffiti discovered at OPRF for second time in less than a week

    OAK PARK, Ill. — Racist graffiti was again discovered at the Oak Park and River Forest High School for the second time in less than a week, prompting a community meeting. School officials sent a note to parents Tuesday evening, informing them that another racist message was found at the campus. “We want to assure you that we take any incident of hate speech or hate crime on campus with the utmost seriousness. We immediately reported these incidents to the […]

  • Ex-CPS employee stole personal info on 80,000 people in data breach: officials

    CHICAGO — A former Chicago Public Schools employee is accused of stealing personal information from 80,000 people in a CPS data breach. Kristi Sims, 28, of the 9400 Block of South Commons Drive in Hickory Hills, is charged with identity theft and aggravated computer tampering. Police and CPS officials said Sims in 2017 downloaded files on roughly 80,000 people from a school database without permission. An email from CPS went out Thursday night telling employees the stolen data included names, […]

  • Chicago International Charter School teachers vote to authorize strike

    CHICAGO — By an overwhelming majority, Chicago International Charter Schools teachers have voted to authorize a strike. The teachers are still negotiating their contract, so a strike date isn’t set. Teachers that work in the Acero network, the largest charter school operator in the city, voted Tuesday to authorize a strike. They’re calling for more pay, smaller class sizes, improved resources and extended parental leave. If they strike, they’ll become the first group of charter school teachers in the country to […]

  • 2 men sue over nightclub beating, claim CPD ‘code of silence’

    CHICAGO — Two men who say they were severely beaten by an off-duty Chicago police sergeant and an Oak Park cop outside a North Side bar have filed suit in over the incident. The victims say the two officers are being protected by a police “code of silence.” The civil complaint was being filed in circuit court against four men accused of brutally beating the two at a night club in the Andersonville neighborhood in September. John Sherwood suffered a […]