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
  • 2 correctional officers demoted, 2 placed on leave after death of Lake County jail inmate

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. —  Two correctional officers have been demoted and two placed on administrative leave after an inmate was found dead inside a Lake County jail. Edward Robinson had been behind bars for about two months when he was found unresponsive Wednesday in an isolated cell. His mother says he had schizophrenia. She says he was there for evaluation and was supposed to be transferred to Elgin for treatment, but he was later told they would evaluate him at the […]

  • 3 children hospitalized after lightning strike in Round Lake Heights

    ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Three middle school students were taken to the hospital after a lightning strike in Round Lake Heights Thursday. Around 7:20 a.m., police say the girls were waiting for the school bus near Lotus and Ottawa Drives when the lightning strike occurred. The girls were huddled under a tree and trying to stay dry in the pouring rain. All three were transported to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Carrington Monk, 13,  was among the injured. She […]

  • Jason Van Dyke’s partner testifies about Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — The man who was Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the Laquan McDonald shooting took the stand Tuesday for nearly 90 minutes as the trial continued into its second day. Joseph Walsh told jurors McDonald was acting erratically before he was shot on Oct. 20, 2014 — flailing his arms and waving a small knife near his chest. Walsh said he believed McDonald was a threat because he was moving toward a Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts, […]

  • 91-year-old man attacked in Chinatown

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a brutal attack in Chinatown that sent a 91-year-old man to the hospital. Yen Jit Wong was attacked near 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue around noon on Tuesday. A Cook County sheriff’s officer was flagged down by witnesses. An off-duty Chicago police sergeant was also nearby and helped take the suspect into custody. Wong was rushed to Northwestern with serious head injuries.  His family is worried about his recovery.  They say he has blood on […]

  • 4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed. Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and South Carolina could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. As 400-mile-wide Florence […]

  • Jason Van Dyke chooses jury trial in Laquan McDonald case

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke decided on a jury trial Friday in the Laquan McDonald case. A motion to move the trial outside of Cook County is still pending, to be decided Monday. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said the full jury will be sworn in Monday morning. Opening statements are expected to follow. Lead defense attorney Dan Herbert on Friday again asked Gaughan to strike the current jury panel based on visible protests outside the courthouse […]

  • Chicago police consent decree for reform finalized

    CHICAGO — State and city officials unveiled its plan to reform the Chicago Police Department. The finalized consent decree was submitted to a federal judge for approval. It was drafted by the Illinois Attorney General’s office, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Police Department. The new agreement requires police officers to report when they point their gun at someone. The supervisor must also be notified and review the incident to make sure policy was followed. An independent monitor will […]

  • Chicago Red Cross volunteers ready to help when Hurricane Florence hits

    CHICAGO — A group of Red Cross workers from Chicago is getting ready to head to the Carolinas to help out in relief efforts that may be needed when Hurricane Florence hits landfall. Volunteers will be deployed for up to three weeks at various sites to offer disaster relief at shelters set up for victims. The Greater Chicago Red Cross is urging people to donate to the relief effort. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS […]

  • Woman attacked at gunpoint near West Side school speaks to WGN

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman near a school on the city’s West Side. The victim spoke to WGN about the attack as a warning to others. The 29-year-old woman said she was forced to undress by her attacker in an attempted rape and robbery in an alley next to Ellen Mitchell School, 2233 W. Ohio St. The woman said she was walking home from work Thursday evening in he 500 […]

  • 2 killed in crash involving Cook County sheriff’s squad car

    NILES, Ill. — Two sisters were killed in an accident involving a Cook County Sheriff’s Office squad car in Niles Thursday morning. Police said a Honda sedan was traveling southbound on Harlem just before 6 a.m. when it collided with a squad car traveling eastbound on Dempster Street. The driver of the Honda, a 69-year-old woman, and the passenger, a 61-year-old woman, both died in the crash. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said a 47-year-old officer involved in the crash […]