Patrick Elwood is a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He joined WGN-TV in 2013.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Patrick has worked for major TV and radio stations in Houston, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to his hometown of Chicago.

Some of his career highlights include the coverage of the White Sox World Series, two Blackhawks Championships, the Bears Super Bowl and the Oklahoma City Bombing, for which he earned a Peabody Award.

Patrick earned his degree at the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Chicago with his wife Katie, where they have raised four children.

His credits his biggest accomplishment as the work he’s done with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in which he, along with thousands of Chicago school kids, has raised over $12 million for pediatric cancer research.


Recent Articles
  • Showers, storms in Chicago area cause flooding

    CHICAGO — As the center of low pressure approached from the west and the associated warm front shifted north through our area, strong thunderstorms erupted Monday afternoon and evening with several locations receiving very heavy downpours of 1 to 2-inches of rain in a half-hour. Some places saw flooding due to the heavy rain and the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field was delayed. Walt’s Food Center, a grocery store in Homewood, was flooded Monday evening. The water was coming […]

  • 2 missing teens found shot to death on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — Two teenage boys who were reported missing were found shot to death in a field on the city’s Far South Side. Officer discovered the bodies of both teens in a wooded area late Sunday, behind some homes near East 131st Street and South Rhodes Avenue in the Golden Gate neighborhood. Both teens had gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead on scene. Families identified the teens as Darnelle Flowers, 17, and Raysuan Turner, 16. Both were students at Fenger […]

  • ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

    DETROIT — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due […]

  • Drug cartels to be targeted in Chicago as part of joint effort by US, Mexico

    CHICAGO — A new joint effort of the US and Mexican governments targeting drug cartels will include combating their operations in Chicago, officials announced Wednesday. Following the capture of Mexican kingpin Juan “El Chapo” Guzman, a new task force has its sights set on the emerging Jalisco cartel and its leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes. At the Chicago headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration, a task force comprised of local, state, national and Mexican agencies made their joint “action plan” for […]

  • No injuries after 2 planes collide on the ground at O’Hare Airport

    CHICAGO — No one was injured after two planes collided on the ground at O’Hare International Airport Wednesday evening. United Airlines officials said Flight 645’s wingtip came into contact with the wingtip of another aircraft parked at a nearby gate. Officials said there were no customers on board the parked aircraft at the time of the incident. “We are assisting our customers and expect to operate the flight to Portland with a different aircraft shortly,” United Airlines said in a […]

  • Wrigleyville residents, businesses prepare for Lake Shore Drive protest

    CHICAGO — Anti-violence advocates are preparing to disrupt some of Chicago’s busiest streets to protest city violence and economic inequality Thursday. The march is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Lake Shore Drive near Diversey Parkway. Protestors plan to walk on Lake Shore Drive to Belmont Avenue to Clark Street and on to Wrigley Field where the march will end. The Chicago Cubs have a home game at 7:05 p.m. Business owners around the ballpark were reluctant to talk […]

  • Photo released of man suspected of sexually assaulting woman during Foo Fighters concert at Wrigley

    CHICAGO — Chicago police released a photo Tuesday of the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman during a concert at Wrigley Field. The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday during a Foo Fighters concert. Police said the 23-year-old woman was standing in a line for food when a man groped her. The woman left the line to use a portable toilet and before she could lock the door, the man followed her inside and sexually assaulted her. He then fled […]

  • More security this year at Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO — There will be more security at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, where Bruno Mars, Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys are among the headliners for the four-day event. The Chicago Tribune reports that upgrades include more police officers, new bag restrictions and airport-like screening at entrances to the Grant Park venue. The festival starts Thursday. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Friday there were no known threats to the festival. But it comes after gunman Stephen Paddock […]

  • Man fatally shot by Lakemoor police was suspect in Pennsylvania murder

    LAKEMOOR, Ill. — A man that was killed after an officer-involved shooting in Lakemoor Thursday morning was wanted in connection to a Pennsylvania murder. Kenneth Edwin Martell, 36, was shot and killed around 5 a.m. near Four Seasons Boulevard and Sullivan Lake Road. The Lakemoore Police Department said an officer was speaking to Martell when he pulled out a gun. Officials said a “struggle ensued” and during the struggle, a second officer arrived. Police said the officer saw  that Martell […]

  • Bodycam video released of fatal police shooting of Maurice Granton Jr.

    CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released bodycam video of the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Maurice Granton Jr., who was shot while fleeing from officers June 6 in Bronzeville. Through their attorneys, Granton’s family called for the release of all video and audio in connection to the incident, saying in their opinion, he should still be alive. Police said officers were attempting to question Granton after spotting him taking part in an alleged illegal drug transaction, and […]