Melissa Espana is a Digital Content Producer at WGN-TV.

Before joining WGN in June 2017, she worked as a web producer at ABC7 Chicago. She also produced at KTIV News in Sioux City, Iowa.

Melissa graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism.


Recent Articles
  • Chicago’s Race for Mayor: Who’s Running?

    When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not be seeking a third term, the list of candidates running for mayor grew rapidly. Below, WGN has compiled information on every candidate who has officially declared their candidacy.  This list will continue to be updated until the mayoral election on Feb. 26, 2019. Dorothy Brown Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Campaign Website | Twitter | Facebook Dorothy Brown currently serves as the Cook County Circuit Court clerk, an office she was […]

  • Mother of Northwestern basketball player sues sorority for wrongful death in daughter’s suicide

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The mother of a Northwestern University basketball player filed a lawsuit against a sorority at the university for wrongful death in her daughter’s suicide. Felicia Hankins, the mother of Jordan Hankins, filed the suit Tuesday and claimed that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hazed her daughter which caused her severe anxiety and depression which led to her suicide in 2017. The 50-page complaint listed AKA and 11 other defendants. The complaint claimed that Hankins was subjected to mental, physical […]

  • Man fatally shot outside convenience store in West Englewood

    CHICAGO — A 23-year-old man was fatally shot outside of a West Englewood convenience store Monday afternoon. The man was shot in the chest outside of a convenience store on the 2000 block of West 63rd Street around 4:30 p.m. Police said the man was standing in the parking lot when he was approached by two men who fired shots at him. Police said he sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The man was hospitalized at the University of Chicago Medical Center in […]

  • 1 dead, 1 injured after West Town shooting

    CHICAGO — One man was killed and another was injured after a shooting in the city’s West Town neighborhood. Police said the shooting happened on the 1200 block of North Ada Street around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Two men, both in their 20s, were in their car when an unknown vehicle pulled up and someone started firing shots. Both men were shot in their upper bodies, police said. Christian Robinson, 21, was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was pronounced […]

  • 2 men dead after Bronzeville shooting, police say

    CHICAGO — Two 25-year-old men were fatally shot inside a vehicle in the Bronzeville neighborhood, according to police. The men were found dead inside a grey vehicle on the 5000 block of South Indiana Avenue around 1 p.m. Thursday after police said an offender in a car fired multiple shots striking the men. The driver of the grey vehicle was shot in the chest and the passenger was shot in the face and chest. No one is in custody and […]

  • Chicago police officer injured after West Side crash

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer was injured after a crash on the city’s West Side. The crash happened on the 5300 block of West Madison Street around 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Police said the officers were responding to a domestic battery call when they swerved to avoid an accident and struck a light pole. One of the officers was taken to the hospital in good condition. No further information was provided. 5300 Block of West Madison at approx.: 7:03pm […]

  • Man, 51, beaten with hammer during Humboldt Park carjacking

    CHICAGO — A 51-year-old man was beaten with a hammer during a carjacking in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood early Thursday morning. Police said the man was unloading his car in an alley on the 2600 block of West Haddon Avenue around 3:20 a.m. when two females and two black males pulled up and got out of a Chevy sedan. Police said a female offender began striking the victim in the head with a hammer while the other female and […]

  • 2 Chicago police officers fatally struck by train

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train Monday while investigating a call of shots fired on the city’s South Side. The officers were identified as Conrad Gary, 31, who was on the force for a year and a half, and Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, who’d been on the force for two and a half years. The officers from the 5th District were struck by a passing NICTD-Indiana South Shore train at 103rd Street and Cottage Grove […]

  • Sunday Brunch: Grigliata di Pesce

    Chefs Hugo and Edgar Jimenez of Villaggio Ristorante stopped by WGN for this week’s Sunday Brunch. Villaggio Ristorante 1242 West Lake St. Roselle, IL, 60172 villaggioonline.com Brandy Alexander 1-1/2 cups of softened vanilla ice cream 1.5 oz brandy of your taste 1 oz  dark creme de cacao 1 oz  white creme de cacao Topped with freshly grated nutmeg and a touch of whipping cream Grigliata di Pesce Calamari Shrimp Octopus Scallops Clams Mussels Mediterranean dressing (1oz chopped garlic, 1 oz lime […]

  • Chicago police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident dead after Mercy Hospital shooting; gunman killed

    CHICAGO — Four people were killed, including a doctor, a first-year pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer, after an active shooter incident at a South Side hospital Monday. Chicago police responded to the scene at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. for reports of shots fired just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. The incident started with gunfire in the parking lot before moving into the hospital. The gunman was killed, but it was unclear whether he […]