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
  • Man arrested after terrorism-related raid to appear in court Friday

    CHICAGO — A man arrested on the city’s North Side after a terrorism-related raid did not appear in court Thursday, but is scheduled for bond court on Friday, because charges have not been finalized. The FBI raided the second floor of a two-flat in Budlong Woods on the 5200 block of North Virginia Avenue around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The man who lived there was taken into custody at a different location. Officials have not released much information about the arrest […]

  • Armed carjacker hit construction worker, ran over officer in Oak Forest: police

    OAK FOREST, Ill. — Police are looking for a man who carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, hit a construction worker and ran over a suburban police officer. It all started about noon Thursday with an armed carjacking in Orland Park, according to the Oak Forest and Orland Park police departments. That attack happened in a restaurant parking lot in the 7800 block of 159th Street. A man and woman were exiting a 2016 Dodge Charger when the carjacker walked up, […]

  • Concordia University lockdown lifted; police seek man in domestic disturbance

    RIVER FOREST, Ill. — Police in River Forest are looking for the man who attacked a woman at Concordia University, prompting a campus-wide lockdown. The university went on lockdown Wednesday evening after officials said they got a call about a domestic distrubance around 6:15 p.m. The man and woman were not students, but were on campus for a seminar when the attack occurred. The lockdown was lifted around 10 p.m. The university posted on Facebook and said the “emergency situation […]

  • 3 businesses robbed on Near West Side, police say

    CHICAGO — Police issued a community alert Wednesday after three businesses were robbed on the Near West Side over the past week. In each incident, a man entered a business and “aggressively approached the employees” before taking money and fleeing, according to the Chicago Police Department. In some cases, police said, the suspect implied he had a handgun. In at least one instance, he was seen loitering in front of the business. The attacks happened: about 12:40 p.m. Friday in […]


    Mega Millions and Powerball winning numbers announced

    The numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9. Tuesday’s potential record jackpot is worth $667 million. [PREVIOUS STORY] Good people of America, the lottery jackpots need to be stopped. They are getting too powerful. Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing is worth a record-setting $667 million, and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot stands at $345 million. Together, that’s more than a cool billion dollars. The Mega Millions drawing is the largest in the game’s history and the […]

  • Sears, the store that changed America, declares bankruptcy

    CHICAGO — Sears, the once-dominant retail chain that changed how Americans shopped and lived, has filed for bankruptcy. The 132-year-old company has been struggling for several years and is drowning in debt. The final straw was a $134 million debt payment due Monday that it could not afford. Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company, which owns Sears and Kmart, is among dozens of prominent retailers to declare bankruptcy in the era of Amazon (AMZN). The filing in federal bankruptcy court in […]

  • Hurricane Michael kills 6, leaves Florida cities in ruins

    Tropical storm Michael has claimed a life in North Carolina, bringing the total death toll from the storm to at least six. The deaths illustrate the ripples of Michael’s devastation since it blasted the Florida Panhandle and then headed northeast. Michael left more than 350,000 without power and entire neighborhoods in ruins after making landfall Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach. Florida. Now, it’s causing flash flooding across portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Track the storm […]

  • Florida man dies after Hurricane Michael slams into Panhandle

    At least one death has been reported since Hurricane Michael began wreaking havoc in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Winds up to 155 mph dashed homes into pieces in Mexico Beach, close to where Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm. The storm is now moving into extreme southeastern Alabama and southwest Georgia, bringing life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds. Live updates on Hurricane Michael Michael […]

  • 2-year-old being treated for rare polio-like disease in Chicago

    CHICAGO – A young girl is recovering at a Chicago hospital after she was diagnosed with a rare polio-like disease. At first, 2-year-old Julia Payne’s symptoms resembled those of a common cold. However, she was later diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. She is now being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Cases of AFM start popping up across the country in late summer and early fall in small numbers. The condition affects the body’s nervous system, targets the spinal […]

  • 4 charged after police say officers attacked on street, inside Englewood home

    CHICAGO — Chicago police said four people have been charged after three officers were injured in an alleged attack in Englewood Monday afternoon. Police said a three-officer tactical unit was on patrol at 70th Street and Throop Street around 2:40 p.m. Monday when, according to police, 20-year-old Janice Lewis called them murderers and shouted profanity at them. According to police accounts, when officers stopped, Lewis spit on one of them, and the officers got out of their car to take […]