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
  • 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 […]

  • Yingying Zhang’s family will request death penalty after Brendt Christensen found guilty

    PEORIA, Ill. — Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Monday at the federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student who killed a visiting scholar from China after abducting her at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease. The swift conviction was expected because Brendt Christensen’s attorneys acknowledged from the start that he raped and stabbed Yingying Zhang in June 2017. Prosecutors say he beat her to death with […]

  • Suburban woman, man face child porn charges involving victim younger than 13

    BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — A suburban woman and man are facing charges of child pornography involving a child under the age of 13 after a “multi-week” investigation led to their arrests, Buffalo Grove Police said Monday. Police say their investigation began after DCFS received a tip from an out-of-state therapist, and they started digging. In the process, authorities say they discovered evidence leading to the arrest of Kimberly Schubert on May 30. The 43-year-old mother of four now faces four felony […]

  • Man charged with murder for fatal shooting of woman at NW Side Walgreens

    CHICAGO — A man has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a woman at a Northwest Side Walgreens. Louis Hicks Jr., 33, was charged Thursday with one felony count of first-degree murder, one felony count of false impersonation of an officer and one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police said Hicks was identified as the person who shot and killed 46-year-old Sircie Varnado inside the Walgreens on the 4800 block of West Fullerton […]

  • ‘You took away my best friend’: Parents of teen killed while trying to sell Xbox speak out

    GARY, Ind. — The parents of a 16-year-old Gary teen who was shot and killed while trying to sell his Xbox spoke out Thursday, as the investigation continues. Kelly Arroyo and John Peluyera, the parents of Johnny Peluyera, said the whole thing is still incomprehensible. “I especially plead to all parents: Hold your babies. Tell them every day you love them and you are proud of them,” Arroyo said. The teen was with his father when they met up with […]

  • Feds raid Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin’s 34th Ward office

    CHICAGO — Federal agents raided the ward office of another Chicago alderman Wednesday. The FBI confirmed they were “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities” in the area of 34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin’s campaign office, which is located on West 111th Street. It is unknown what the agents were looking for and no charges have been filed. During the raid, Austin was with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announcing the “Summer for Change” program to protect kids from violence over the summer. […]

  • As Cubs keep winning, White Sox keep improving as City Series arrives

    CHICAGO  — The Cubs-Sox rivalry has gone from six games in 2018 to just four this season, giving fans on the North and South sides fewer chances to make acquaintances on the field in 2019. The span between games won’t be lengthy either, unlike last season when the teams met in May and then again in late September. Starting with the first game on Tuesday, the teams will have their four contests between then and July 7, and barring a […]

  • 55-year-old man robbed, beaten in Busse Woods

    ELK GROVE VILLAGE — A man, 55, was beaten and robbed in a popular northwest suburban forest preserve. Authorities are investigating after the man was attacked Saturday around 7 a.m. in Busse Woods. The man said he was assaulted and robbed of some of his personal belongings. A woman, Pamela Kowalczyk, said she arrived at the forest preserve for a morning jog. She was going to take the jog with some friends when they came upon the man. She said […]

  • 3 injured, including 2-year-old, in drive-by shooting in Albany Park

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for the gunman who shot a 2-year-old boy and two adults on the Northwest Side. The shooting happened around 9 p.m. Thursday on the 4900 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood. Police said a 25-year-old man, 29-year-old woman and 2-year-old were sitting in a parked Jeep in an alley, when a white Hyundai with tinted windows pulled up and someone inside fired several shots into their vehicle. The man drove […]

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