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
  • Police board votes to fire Robert Rialmo for fatal shooting of Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Board voted Thursday to fire a Chicago police officer who shot and killed two people in 2015. The board unanimously approved firing Robert Rialmo for the Dec. 26, 2015 shooting death of Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, during a domestic disturbance call. The board said Rialmo should have known better and said his actions were inconsistent with his training. At the time of the shooting, Rialmo and his partner had answered a 911 […]

  • Here’s where your kids can go during CPS teachers strike

    CHICAGO — As the teachers strike begins Thursday for Chicago Public Schools, there are many child care resources available for parents. If your child needs a safe place to go during the strike, CPS has a safe place site locator for parents. All CPS school buildings will be open during the normal school day. Students who need a safe place to go are encouraged to attend their regular school, but will be welcomed at any CPS school that is age […]

  • CTU rejects latest contract proposal, teachers to strike Thursday

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School teachers are set to hit the picket line Thursday morning after the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the district’s latest control proposal Wednesday evening. Thursday classes and activities were preemptively canceled ahead of the anticipated strike to give families more time to figure out their childcare options. Teachers are set to begin the strike at 6:30 a.m. Chicago teachers are asking for more pay, smaller class sizes and more staffing. Another sticking point of the teachers […]

  • CPS teachers strike all but certain, union leaders say

    CHICAGO — With just hours to go, the message to Chicago Public School parents Tuesday night is to prepare for a strike. There are just two days left before CPS teachers are scheduled to walk off the job. Negotiations continued through the day in hopes of reaching a deal on a new contract but Tuesday evening, members of the union addressed the media and said a strike is all but certain Thursday. CTU President Jesse Sharkey said there is just […]

  • Evanston middle school staff member accused of inappropriate behavior

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Following allegations of inappropriate behavior, a middle school staff member in Evanston has been placed on leave. Authorities said the staff member, who has not been identified, works at Haven Middle School. After learning of the complaint, District #65 contacted Evanston police and the Department of Family Services. “It’s the appropriate thing to do, to have the investigation and then let us know what happened.” A grandparent said. “Because this is a shock.” In letters to parents, […]

  • CPD Valor Awards honor officers who made ultimate sacrifice

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Valor Awards were held Thursday. As is too often the case, the award winners are being recognized posthumously for their ultimate sacrifice. Officers Conrad Gary, Samuel Jimenez and Eduardo Marmalejo were honored and their families were on hand for the ceremony. Jimenez was killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital in November 2018. Gary and Marmolejo were killed in December of 2018 after being fatally struck by a commuter train while pursuing a […]

  • Officer struck by Chicago police vehicle during pursuit of ‘potential gun offender’

    CHICAGO — An officer was injured after getting struck by a Chicago police vehicle during the pursuit of a “potential gun offender,” according to police. The incident happened around 1 p.m. in the area of Drake and Ogden avenues on Thursday. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers were monitoring a funeral when they attempted to engage an armed person. “After they attempted to stop the vehicle, someone threw a handgun out of the window,” Deputy Chief Ernest Cato said. The […]

  • Chicago-area man Augie Barberi celebrates 107th birthday

    SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — The lifespan of an average American man is 78 years, but by any standard, Augie Barberi is no ordinary man. Barberi just celebrated his 107th birthday. Born in 1912, six years before the start of World War I, he has witnessed things that many of us only learned of through history books. He is one of five children, born to Italian immigrants Augustine and Anna. They died when he was just a child. “I lost […]

  • No injuries after stray gunfire strikes Chicago elementary school 

    CHICAGO — No one was injured after stray gunfire struck a Roseland elementary school Wednesday afternoon.  Around 3:30 p.m., police responded to a call of criminal damage to property at Curtis Elementary School. Part of a bullet came through a third floor window frame and landed on the floor. Curtis Elementary is a CPS turnaround school that is operated by a non-profit. WGN received a call from a concerned parent upset she had to hear the news from her grade […]

  • Man’s wallet, valuables stolen from hospital as he recovered from seizure

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating an incident at Mt. Sinai Hospital in which a patient’s personal belongings were stolen. David Waters suffered a seizure Friday while in the drive-through of a McDonald’s. He was taken to Mt Sinai by ambulance. Doctors and staff worked to save his life and he said he is thankful to be alive. On Sunday, Waters was set to leave the hospital when he discovered his wallet and other valuables had been stolen out of […]

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