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
  • Suburban kennel owner charged after nearly 30 dogs killed in fire

    CAROL STREAM, Ill. — The owner of a suburban kennel where nearly 30 dogs died in a fire in January has been charged. Garrett Mercado, 29, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of violation of owner duties. Mercado, who owned Bully Life Animal Services, formally called D&D Kennels, was charged Wednesday and posted bond Thursday. Mercado lived above the kennel at 2N144 N. County Farm Rd. in Carol Stream but was not home at the […]

  • 1 dead, 5 inured in crash on South Side

    CHICAGO — One person was killed and five others were injured in a crash on Chicago’s South Side. The rollover crash in the 7100 block of Stewart Avenue in Englewood around 5 p.m. Initial reports indicate it was related to a police pursuit in the area. The exact conditions of those injured are not yet known. No official police narrative has been provided at this time.

  • Flyers promoting white supremacist websites found on South Side

    CHICAGO — Flyers promoting groups and organizations that support white supremacy and anti-immigrant ideologies were found in the city’s South Side. Ald. Matt O’Shea, 19th Ward, which includes Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park, was alerted early Tuesday morning about the flyers. Some of the flyers were found on several car doors in the area. Many residents in the 19th Ward said hate has no home in their neighborhoods. The alderman said he was frustrated that this happened. “Frustrated that […]

  • Niece of woman killed on CTA tracks fatally shot

    CHICAGO — A Chicago woman has been coping with two unthinkable tragedies. Her sister and her daughter were both killed within days of each other Brandy Martin said she has been in a fog since June 27. Her sister Felon Smith was killed trying to retrieve her cell phone from CTA tracks. Officials Smith, 37, was waiting on the 69th Street platform last when she dropped her phone on the tracks and tried to retrieve it. She was still on […]

  • Water-logged garbage piling up in Steger; Residents hope for funding

    STEGER, Ill. — Residents in south suburban Steger are not only coping with flood damage from last week’s storms but the cleanup from the storms is not going well. Overflowing dumpsters have been seen all over the town as water-weary residents continue to struggle. The number of homes affected according to the Steger mayor number in the hundred. The storm dumped too much rain in too short of time and businesses and homeowners got hammered. Monday at the village board […]

  • Police release photo of car sought in connection to shooting of off-duty Chicago cop

    CHICAGO — Chicago police released a photo of a car they are seeking in connection to the shooting of a Chicago police officer. On Wednesday police released a photo of a dark colored Toyota Camry with tinted windows they said was used in the shooting of an officer. In the same release, police said the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The 25-year-old officer was driving with a female friend on […]

  • Chicago cocktail bar says employees being threatened after someone spit on Eric Trump

    CHICAGO — The owners of a Chicago cocktail bar said their employees are being threatened after someone was arrested by the Secret Service for reportedly spitting on Eric Trump. Trump, President Donald Trump’s son, was with friends at the upscale cocktail lounge, The Aviary, in West Fulton Market around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said a female employee said something that sounded anti-Trump and spit in his face. The Secret Service immediately handcuffed the and took her into custody. Trump declined to […]

  • 4-year-old girl rushed to hospital after near drowning in Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — A 4-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after a near drowning in Lake Michigan Tuesday. The child was found unresponsive between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the lake at Rainbow Beach. Lifeguards were no longer on duty at that time. First responders performed CPR on the child and she was then rushed to Children’s Comer Hospital. The child was in critical condition. No further information was provided.

  • 13-year-old shot in Roseland, police say

    CHICAGO  — A 13-year-old boy was shot in the city’s Roseland neighborhood, according to Chicago police. The teen was walking on the 11100 block of South Princeton Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when the people inside two cars started firing shots at each other. The teen was shot in the abdomen. A woman driving by saw that the boy needed help, and drove him to Roseland Hospital. The teen was then taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. No one […]

  • Community meeting to be held to discuss police consent decree

    CHICAGO — Chicago police reform tops the agenda at the first public meeting of an independent team monitoring the consent decree for reform. The meeting will be held at Kennedy King College from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It will give the community a chance to offer compliments or criticisms just several months into the federal consent decree. Several months into a federally mandated consent decree for the Chicago Police Department, a progress report will be issued Tuesday. Judge Robert Dow […]

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