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
  • Infant boy shot in the head in Uptown: officials

    CHICAGO — An infant was struck by gunfire in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, according to Chicago police. Police said a 1-year-old boy was shot in the head 800 block of West Leland Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Police said someone shot at a man the infant was with. The man was not hit, and he took the child to Weiss Hospital. The child was then transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to call […]

  • Body of missing Notre Dame student found in campus lake

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The body of a missing student at the University of Notre Dame was found in a campus lake Friday morning. The university said public safety personnel found the body of Annrose Jerry, 21, around 11:15 a.m. Friday morning in Saint Mary’s Lake. The senior had been missing since Tuesday and was last seen at the South Bend campus at Coleman-Morse Hall. The St. Joseph County coroner made a positive identification at the scene and said an […]

  • Gov. Pritzker signs law capping insulin cost at $100 per month

    CHICAGO — Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 for a 30-day supply. Bill SB 667 was signed Friday and is expected to impact about 1.3 million people in the state who have diabetes. A press release sent from Pritzker’s office said the new law is an important step in lowering healthcare costs for Illinois families. Pritzker’s office has previously cited data indicating that insulin brands that sold for $40 in 2001 now […]

  • Notre Dame police searching for missing 21-year-old student who may be in danger

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Police at the University of Notre Dame are asking for help to locate a student who has been missing since Tuesday and who may be in extreme danger. Annrose Jerry, 21, was last seen at the South Bend campus at Coleman-Morse Hall around 8:45 p.m. A statewide Silver Alert was declared for Jerry. The alert said Jerry is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. Officials described Jerry as an Asain female that […]

  • Andersonville hardware store closing after 41 years

    CHICAGO — Cas Hardware Store in Andersonville is closing its doors after 41 years. The owner, Cornel Ladan, who immigrated to Chicago from Yugoslavia said he loves helping his customers at 5305 N. Clark St. and loves bringing old things back to life. He said he’s gotten to know his customers, many of whom come in to give him a hug or a nice card — small tokens of appreciation for a man who has been behind the counter since […]

  • Driver suffered medical emergency before slamming into McHenry Starbucks leaving 5 injured

    MCHENRY, Ill. — A driver suffering a medical emergency crashed into a McHenry Starbucks leaving five people injured and causing the front of the building to collapse. First responders were on the scene after a red pickup truck smashed into the coffee shop on the 4300 block of West Elm Street around 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Police said the 53-year-old driver, from Lakemoor, suffered a medical emergency and will not be cited or charged. A 21-year-old Starbucks employee was transported in […]

  • Aggressive squirrels terrorize Florida family in their condo

    HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Tampa Bay area mother said squirrels have moved into the condominium she’s renting in Haines City. After being tormented for 25 days, Annie Peavey called for help. While she admits it sounds silly, Peavey tells WFLA the squirrels have destroyed her furniture and peace of mind. She says no one is taking responsibility to remove the pests. “They like us now and know our habits,” Peavey said. “They don’t want to leave.” Peavey, who […]

  • Police: Driver suffered medical emergency before slamming into McHenry Starbucks

    MCHENRY, Ill. — Five people were injured after a car crashed into a Starbucks in McHenry causing the front of the building to collapse. First responders were on the scene after a red pickup truck smashed into the coffee shop on the 4300 block of West Elm Street around 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Police said the 53-year-old driver, from Lakemoor, suffered a medical emergency. He will not be cited or charged. A 21-year-old Starbucks employee was transported in critical condition and […]

  • Jail video of Jeffrey Epstein’s first apparent suicide attempt no longer exists

    Video surveillance footage taken outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during his first apparent suicide attempt in July 2019 “no longer exists” due to an accidental mix-up and technical issues, the government said in a court filing. Prison officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York found Epstein on the floor of his cell in the early-morning hours of July 23. He was found with a strip of bedsheet around his neck in what a federal document calls an apparent suicide attempt. […]

  • Man found unresponsive on CTA Blue Line train at O’Hare

    CHICAGO — A man was found unresponsive Wednesday on a CTA Blue Line train at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Chicago police said the man was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday aboard a train car as the train was being taken out of service on the 10000 block of West O’Hare Avenue. The man was taken to Resurrection Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man has not been identified and his cause of death is unknown. The investigation is ongoing.

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