Shannon Halligan joined the WGN/CLTV team in September 2016. She is an Emmy nominated Reporter who contributes General Assignment and Traffic reports for WGN News.

Prior to joining “Chicago’s Very Own,” Shannon was a reporter, fill-in anchor at KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri. She also worked as an Anchor and Reporter at WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts. Shannon provided live breaking news coverage during the protests in Ferguson as well as the manhunt for the Boston Marathon Bomber.

A native of Chicagoland, Shannon grew up in Schaumburg and attended James B. Conant High School. She graduated magma cum laude in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Outside of reporting, Shannon enjoys researching genealogy, podcasting, and spending time with her husband and dog.


Recent Articles
  • Students protest after fight at high school in Tinley Park linked to video of ‘culturally insensitive act’

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. — A group of students protested in Tinley Park after a fight inside a high school that stemmed from a video shared with students. On Thursday, about 60 students gathered outside of Victor J. Andrew High School to protest what they said is unfair treatment by the school administration and to condemn intolerance at the school. The principal confirmed there was a physical altercation at the school Wednesday. In a letter to families, Principal Bob Nolting said […]

  • Customer linked to race-related incident at Buffalo Wild Wings was known by staff for racist comments, Naperville police report says

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A customer at the center of a race-related incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings made racist comments to restaurant employees in the past, according to a Naperville police report. The redacted report, obtained by the Naperville Sun, details the investigation into the incident at the restaurant on 75th Street near Route 59. The investigation began after a group of 18 people, some of whom were multiracial and African American, went to the Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate […]

  • CPS athletes compete Saturday after end of strike

    CHICAGO — At Lake Park High School Saturday, cross country runners finally made it to the finish line after the CPS strike. An emergency hearing was held Friday evening in an attempt to get the runners back on the course. The IHSA originally rejected the runners’ appeal Friday morning, but a judge approved it later in the day. They were ineligible to run in the regionals last weekend because of the strike. “I didn’t feel as well prepared as I […]

  • 15-year-old charged in Little Village Halloween shooting that injured girl

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old was charged late Friday in the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating in Little Village. Chicago police said the teen has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Police sources told WGN News this is his first arrest. He is due in bond court Saturday. The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Halloween Thursday near 26th Street and Lawndale Avenue while the girl was with her family. Police said the girl, who […]

  • Brigid Kosgei breaks women’s world record at Chicago Marathon

    CHICAGO — A new women’s world marathon has been set Sunday at the 42nd annual Chicago Marathon. Defending champion Brigid Kosgei broke the woman’s world marathon record with a time of 2:14:04. It breaks Paula Radcliffe’s record which has stood for 16 years. Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono won the men’s race in a tight battle with Dejene Debela. He also won the Boston Marathon this year. 1.7 million people are expected to cheer on over 45,000 runners this year. Along the […]

  • ‘The ball is in the mayor’s court’: CTU provides update following ‘angry’ Friday

    CHICAGO — CTU President Jesse Sharkey said negotiations were better Saturday with the city following a “sullen and angry” Friday. On Saturday, CTU said their latest bargaining effort “does not solve all outstanding issues,” but is hopeful it will lead to a contract and settlement. The union said they modified their original proposal on asking for one restorative justice officer in each and every school. The union said they provided a framework to phase in those positions over time. Members […]

  • Man critically injured after village manager of Oak Lawn arrested after hit-and-run: police

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill.— The village manager of Oak Lawn allegedly struck a pedestrian Thursday night and left the scene, according to police. Around 8:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the 10100 block of South Harlem Avenue on the report of a pedestrian in an auto crash. Chicago Ridge police said the village manager of Oak Lawn, Larry Deetjen, allegedly left the scene of the crash. He was driving a village-issued car. Mark Berkshire, 48, from Worth, was struck and sent […]

  • Police seek teen boys in connection with attempted sexual assault of girl in West Side alley

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for a group of teen boys they say attempted to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in a West Side alley last month. According to police, the girl was in an alley near the 2200 block of Laporte Ave. in Belmont Cragin around 4 p.m. September 23 when she was cornered by a group of four boys believed to be between 13 and 15 years old. Two boys reportedly acted as look-outs while another held the […]

  • 1 shot, 3 injured after Hammond police pursuit ends on South Side

    CHICAGO –  A police pursuit that started in Northwest Indiana Saturday ended in a shooting and crash on the South Side. At around noon, Hammond police responded to the 6400 block of Indianapolis Blvd on the report of an armed robbery. When they arrived, they observed two individuals who said they were robbed at gun point. A few minute later, police received a shots fired call near the area of 173rd and Calumet. A woman told police a man and […]

  • Chicago teachers host ‘art build’ ahead of strike

    CHICAGO – The set strike date is still 12 days away, but CTU members geared up Saturday to make sure their message is heard loud and clear. Chicago teachers hosted an “art build” to prepare picket signs, posters and parachutes ahead of Oct. 17. A CPS art teacher says the images they created Saturday helps tell the story of what CTU is fighting for. “Things about nurses, things about librarians and books. Anti-privatization messages, “ Jessica Rosenbaum said. “I just […]

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