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
  • Chicago police deny reports Jussie Smollett staged attack; police questioning ‘persons of interest’

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have denied reports that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack, and said they are questioning two “persons of interest” in the case. Some media outlets Thursday evening reported police were investigating whether the actor staged the attack because he was being written off “Empire.” However, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said information about the incident being a hoax was unconfirmed. He said the sources were “uninformed and inaccurate.” Media reports anout the Empire incident being a […]

  • Veteran found severely beaten in suburban home dies; Police seek suspects

    HAZEL CREST, Ill. — A U.S. Army veteran found severely beaten inside his south suburban Hazel Crest home last week has died. Keith Chamble, 60, was found Thursday morning at his home near 168th Street and Orchard Ridge Avenue. Police believe he was confronted in his driveway but managed to make it inside his home. Doctors said Chamble, a retired correctional sergeant and U.S. Army veteran, suffered blunt force trauma to his head. He underwent surgery and was still on […]

  • Fallen officers honored during suburban basketball game

    BURBANK, Ill. — Two Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty were honored Tuesday’s at a “Heroes night” at a suburban high school. Officers Conrad Gary and Eduardo Marmolejo died in December when they were hit and killed by a train while searching for a suspect. The officers had a special connection to Oak Lawn and Reavis high schools. Officer Gary attended Oak Lawn and married a Reavis alum. Officer Marmolejo’s relatives attend Reavis. Tuesday’s game between the […]

  • Police officer injured in crash on South Side

    CHICAGO – A police officer was injured in a crash Monday on Chicago’s South Side. The crash occurred near 106th Street and Woodlawn Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood. According to police, the officer was traveling southbound in the 106th block of South Woodlawn around 1:40 p.m.  The officer’s vehicle encountered a patch of ice and he lost control of the car and slid into the northbound lanes.  The car eventually collided with a light pole. Two witnesses attempted to help […]

  • Suburban family honored for acts of kindness during historic Chicago cold

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. — A suburban family was honored Monday evening for their acts of kindness during the recent polar vortex in Chicago. The accolades for the Ahmed family came Monday night before the Morton Grove City Council for what they did during January’s polar vortex. “So right away I thought came to me, ‘What would Jesus do? What would Muhammad do?’” Sabeel Ahmed said. Their thoughts turned to their elderly neighbor and grew from there. “What about my neighbor? My neighbor […]

  • Another mass exoneration today linked to disgraced Chicago cop Ronald Watts

    CHICAGO — Ten men were exonerated Monday morning from drug convictions linked to former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts. Attorneys for the Exoneration Project say Watts and his team took bribes, stole from drug dealers, planted evidence and fabricated charges for more than a decade. Watts was indicted in 2012. “Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Sergeant Watts made life hard for us as young children growing up.  He put drugs on me for no reason for […]

  • Ice jam breakups along Kankakee River causing flooding, evacuations

    WILMINGTON, Ill. — An ice jam is breaking up along the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois, releasing backed up water and forcing evacuations. The National Weather Service on Wednesday morning issued a flash flood warning for parts of Grundy and Will counties, blaming the rapid breakup of ice stretching for miles on the River. A Flash Flood WARNING has been issued for Will and Grundy County. #ilwx https://t.co/6zdDpyxx3r — Mike Janssen (@MikeJanssenWX) February 6, 2019 Will County Emergency Management, Will […]

  • In State of the Union address, Trump calls for end of resistance politics

    WASHINGTON — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency. Trump appealed for bipartisanship but refused to yield on the hard-line immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats and forced the recent government shutdown. He renewed his call for a border wall and cast illegal immigration as a […]

  • EPA finds high levels of cancer-causing chemicals near suburban Sterigenics plant

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — New data from the EPA released Tuesday reveals higher levels of the cancer-causing agent ethylene oxide near Sterigenics’ facility in suburban Willowbrook than earlier studies, prompting calls for its closure from officials and residents who feel the plant is responsible for a litany of medical problems in the community. A protest outside Gower West School Tuesday is the latest involving residents of this community against Sterigenics, which has been operating in the area since 1984. These folks say […]

  • Videos released in fatal police shooting of Robbins security guard Jemel Roberson

    ROBBINS, Ill. — Cook County officials on Monday released videos taken the night security guard Jemel Roberson was fatally shot by Midlothian police officer. Roberson, 26, was working at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, Ill., on Nov. 11 when a shooting broke out inside the bar. One video released Monday shows the chaotic scene that unfolds as someone opens fire. Roberson returned fire, officials said, and was detaining one of the shooting suspects when he was fatally shot by […]

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