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
  • Bolingbrook officer hospitalized after being struck by car just before police chase

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A suburban police officer was hospitalized after being hit by a car while on duty. Police said around 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers were investigating a fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle on the 1100 block of West Boughton Road in Bolingbrook. A subject drove around emergency vehicles blocking the scene and struck the Bolingbrook officer. The vehicle then fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle and caught up with the offender at Naper Boulevard and Washington Street […]

  • car2go suspends all service in Chicago due to ‘fraud issue’

    CHICAGO — Car sharing company car2go temporarily suspended all service in Chicago after 100 of its vehicles were compromised by a “fraud issue,” according to the company. Users attempting to use the service in Chicago Wednesday afternoon were shown an error message saying it is temporarily paused. In a statement, car2go said they are “currently working with law enforcement to neutralize a fraud issue in Chicago.” The Chicago Police Department confirmed it was contacted by “a car rental company” that […]

  • Teenage girl attacked while walking in suburban forest preserve

    UPDATE:  DuPage County officials announced Wednesday that a teenage girl’s claim she was attacked at a suburban forest preserve are unfounded. Authorities said in a statement the attack was “deemed as a hoax.”  DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — A teenage girl was hospitalized Tuesday after she was attacked while walking in a suburban forest preserve. Officials said the 16-year-old girl was walking in the Timber Ridge Forest Preserve in DuPage County around 5 p.m. Officials said she was attacked, unprovoked, by […]

  • Aurora Pride Parade back on after previous decision to cancel

    AURORA, Ill. — The mayor of suburban Aurora announced Tuesday that the town’s Pride Parade was back on, after a previous decision to cancel. Mayor Richard Irvin announced that the festival and parade will be held from June 7 until June 9, as originally planned. However, that will only happen if organizers can raise enough money by April 30. Last year was the first year the Pride Parade was held in Aurora, and the town planned to host it again, […]

  • Notre Dame Cathedral devastated, but not destroyed, by enormous fire

    PARIS — Parisians raised their voices in song Monday night outside Notre Dame Cathedral as a massive blaze engulfed one of the city’s most revered historic sites. The fire burned for several hours Monday, causing the collapse of the cathedral’s iconic spire and the destruction of its roof structure, which dated back to the 13th century. Consumed by flames, the spire leaned to one side and fell onto the burning roof as horrified onlookers watched. By early Tuesday morning, officials […]

  • Young violinist wows with National Anthem performance at Sox game

    CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox celebrated the past while focusing on the future Monday. Baseball great Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier 72 years ago and as the team honored his memory, an aspiring young player of baseball and music wowed the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field. Lance Moon, 12, juggles his love of music with his love of baseball. The sixth grader lives in the city’s Roseland neighborhood and plays on the White Sox Charities-supported ACE travel team, […]

  • City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against actor Jussie Smollett after he refused to reimburse the city for investigative costs into what authorities said was a staged racist, anti-gay attack. A statement released Thursday from the city said: The Law Department has filed a civil complaint against Mr. Smollett in the Circuit Court of Cook County that pursues the full measure of damages allowed under the false statements ordinance.  This follows his refusal to reimburse the […]

  • Woman says hospital pressured her into abortion to cover mistake, files lawsuit

    PEORIA, Ill. — A lawsuit filed against UnityPoint Health in Peoria alleges hospital officials pressured a woman into getting an abortion after medical staff made an error that endangered her unborn baby’s health. After being admitted for an unrelated medical matter in 2017, tests revealed Reneizha Morris was seven weeks pregnant — unbeknownst to her. As a mother of two boys, she says she was happy and hoping for a girl. But that joy was brief. During her hospital stay, […]

  • CTA Blue Line service restored after train derailment

    CHICAGO — Service on CTA Blue Line trains has been restored between the O’Hare and Rosemont stations after a derailment. According to CTA officials, an O’Hare-bound train derailed around 7 p.m. Wednesday between the Rosemont and O’Hare stops. After a short period of time, firefighters arrived on the scene and evacuated 73 passengers. A 39-year-old woman was hospitalized with a back injury. No other injuries were reported Service was restored around 2 a.m. Thursday. @ 1910 CTA reported a Derailment […]

  • 4 Chicago police officers fighting Laquan McDonald-related firings

    CHICAGO — A hearing for four Chicago police officers who are fighting their dismissals following accusations they covered up a officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald began Wednesday. A Chicago Police Board hearing officer has set aside three days for testimony that began Wednesday. The hearing officer will then confer with the police board, which will decide the four officers’ fate. The Chicago Tribune reports that could take months. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson fired the three patrol officers […]

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