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
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians go on strike

    CHICAGO — Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians are on strike Monday after failing to reach a contract deal. The group of around 100 musicians made the decision to strike Sunday night after meeting with CSO management. The musicians say their wages and benefits are not competitive. They began picketing at the symphony center at 8 a.m. Monday. The musicians say they will not perform until a deal is made. Their next performance is scheduled for Thursday.  

  • Suspect could face death penalty in fatal shooting of deputy

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — A man suspected of fatally shooting a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with first-degree murder. Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, was shot Thursday as he worked with a task force to serve an arrest warrant at Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford.  Keltner was a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Authorities had issued the warrant against Floyd E. Brown, 39,  for burglary and parole violation charges. Sources said  Keltner was covering the outside perimeter of […]

  • R. Kelly back in Cook County Jail after failing to pay $161K in back child support

    CHICAGO — Musician R. Kelly went back to to Cook County Jail after he was unable to pay more than $161,000 in child support owed to his ex-wife during a hearing Wednesday. Judge Lori Rosen set the court date after she found Kelly was behind on payments for the care of his three children. Publicist Darrell Johnson said Kelly had hoped to provide a portion of the amount at the hearing, but was taken into custody and back to jail […]

  • London authorities examine 3 explosive devices; police say no threat in Chicago

    LONDON — Three small explosive devices in plastic mailing bags arrived at offices for two London airports and at a train station Tuesday, and Irish police said they were helping British counterterrorism police with the investigation. London’s Metropolitan Police Service said the devices found near London’s Heathrow and City airports and at Waterloo Station “appear capable of igniting an initially small fire when opened.” A staff member did unseal the bag sent to an office building on Heathrow’s grounds, “causing […]

  • Winter won’t quit! Record late-season cold blasts Chicago

    CHICAGO —January is blasting Chicago in March. A new record cold high temperatures for March 4 was set Monday. The Chicago’s official high temperature was just 12 degrees.  That  set a new record cold high temperature for March 4th, supplanting the old record of 17 set back in 1890. It was also the single coldest March daytime high in 76 years. The 12 deg high not only blew the old record for Mar 4 (17 in 1890) away but was […]

  • Social security numbers among data breached at Rush

    CHICAGO —Thousands of patients at Rush University Medical System in Chicago may have had their personal information compromised in a massive data hack. The data breach came from a third-party vendor working with Rush.  According to a financial filing, Rush learned about the breach on January 22.  It was due to an employee of the vendor sharing a file with “an unauthorized party” in May Of 2018. 45,000 patients are potentially affected. Hospital officials continue to investigate.  The vendor has […]

  • Signal issue fixed at Union Station; tens of thousands experienced massive delays

    CHICAGO — Amtrak and Metra officials about 9 p.m. Thursday said signal issues that caused massive delays for 12.5 hours have been fixed. Officials said they expect trains to run on time for the Friday morning commute. Amtrak in a tweet Thursday apologized to commuters. Tens of thousands of people were impacted. An Amtrak computer switching issue began around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Workers needed to manually operate each switch from the ground to allow trains in and out of Union […]

  • Spike in flu cases in Chicago-area schools; 1 child dead

    CHICAGO — A spike in flu cases has been reported at schools across the Chicago area. In the city, one child has died. Officials said the child is the first pediatric flu death in Cook County and the third in the state this season. Evanston pediatrician Dr. Melanie Thomas said she’s seen an uptick in flu cases over the past week. On Thursday alone, the doctor saw seven children with confirmed flu cases. “We are definitely seeing a trend up,” Thomas […]

  • Chicago set to elect African-American woman as its mayor for first time

    CHICAGO — For the first time in Chicago’s history, an African-American woman will become the city’s mayor. Political outsider Lori Lightfoot, who was a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle came out on top of the 14-candidate primary election, but neither received more than the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Although the totals are unofficial, Lightfoot walked away with more than 90,000 votes, making her the top contender. There are currently about […]

  • Financial issues, crime top voters’ list of concerns in mayoral race

    CHICAGO — In the days leading up to Chicago’s historic mayoral runoff election, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle will need to appeal to voters who cast their ballot for the other primary candidates while making the case that they can best handle two key issues: crime and taxes. As is often the case for races affecting bigger populations, voters in Chicago’s mayoral election say the most important matters fall under the umbrella of financial security. Rahm Emanuel gave City Council […]

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