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
  • Teachers at District 211 could strike on Dec. 18

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Teachers at District 211 in the northwest suburbs could strike next week, affecting thousands of as final exams approach. Conant High School is one of five District 211 high schools, and teachers there could go on strike as early as Dec. 18. The teachers’ union representing 1,100 educators is at crossroads when it comes to negotiations. Currently working without a contract, the sticking points center on pay, recruitment and oversight of curriculum. The board said it would […]

  • Annual pilgrimage to Des Plaines honors Our Lady of Guadalupe

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Thousands of Catholics gathered in Des Plaines at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to honor the patron saint of Mexico. The faithful believe Dec. 12 is the day Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico. The two-day celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe start Tuesday evening with Mass. The shrine is the only place in the world outside the Basilica in Mexico City where believers can make what is known as a manda, their […]

  • Indiana State Trooper saves woman’s life after she gets pinned between car, toll booth

    HAMMOND, Ind. — An Indiana State Trooper is credited with saving a woman’s life after she was pinned between her car and an Indiana toll booth. State police said the incident happened around 9:20 p.m. on Saturday on the Indiana Toll Road on the west bound lanes of the I-90. Police said the woman was pinned between her car and the toll both at the one-mile marker after she dropped her debit card and went to pick it up but left […]

  • Chicago campaign volunteer shot while recording video, passing out flyers

    (Disclaimer: Video and photo in story may be considered graphic to some) CHICAGO — A man was shot while campaigning for an aldermanic candidate in West Englewood, and the shooting was captured on video. Maxwell Little said he was handing out flyers for 15th Ward candidate Joseph Williams Sunday afternoon near 66th Street and Marshfield Avenue. Little was recording himself and encouraging others to support Williams, when someone started shooting. He was shot in the leg. He told police a man […]

  • Gunman at large after man shot in pedestrian tunnel at CTA Jackson stop

    CHICAGO — A man was shot in a CTA pedestrian tunnel in the Loop Thursday evening. Police said the shooting took place in the tunnel between train stops at the Jackson CTA stop around 5 p.m. The tunnel connects the Blue and Red Lines. The man was shot twice, according to police. He was taken to the hospital where his condition stabilized. Police said the man was not cooperating with police. First Deputy Supt. Fred Waller said it’s likely the two […]

  • Teen shot by Chicago police after speeding toward officers on West Side

    CHICAGO — A teenager was injured in a police-involved shooting on the West Side. The incident happened just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Shell gas station in the 3900 block of West Roosevelt Road. Officers said the teen was sitting in a parked SUV that matched the description of a vehicle wanted in a shooting earlier in the day. Police said an officer approached the vehicle and the suspect accelerated, hitting a squad car and a fence. “Police approached on foot […]

  • Man arrested after bomb threat on Greyhound bus, police say

    CHICAGO — A man was arrested after police said he made a bomb threat on a Greyhound bus on the Kennedy Expressway. Illinois State Police said they received a call around 4:20 p.m. from a bus driver who said a passenger made a threat Wednesday afternoon. The bus was headed to Chicago from Milwaukee. Officers responded to the area and found the bus on I-90 at Keeler Avenue. Police said they found the man on the bus and he “actively […]

  • Whitney Young HS on soft lockdown after 2nd threat found in bathroom

    CHICAGO — Whitney Young High School was on a soft lockdown Wednesday after another threat was discovered. Three students found a second message in the girls’ bathroom on Tuesday. The high school was already on high alert since Friday, when a threat was found carved on a bathroom stall. Whitney Young’s principal said it’s possible that the second threat may be a joke, but the school is taking the matter seriously. The threat is being investigated by authorities. Parents and […]

  • Acero charter school teachers go on strike

    CHICAGO — Teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network took to the picket lines Tuesday in what their union described as the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. The strike at Acero’s 15 charter schools in Chicago following months of failed contract negotiations comes amid an increase in educator activism nationwide. Teachers in Kentucky , Arizona , Oklahoma , West Virginia and elsewhere converged on state capitols this year to fight for more pay and other funding issues. Classes were canceled for Acero’s […]

  • 3 people hospitalized after ‘possible irritant’ sprayed at Peninsula Hotel

    CHICAGO — Three people were hospitalized after officials said a “possible irritant” was sprayed at a popular downtown hotel. The incident began Tuesday evening as a fight between two women at the Peninsula hotel at 108 E. Superior St. One of them took out mace and sprayed the other person. That person was then transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Two other people were transported as well. Fire officials said all of them were in good condition. The spray triggered a […]