Tom Negovan

Tom Negovan joined WGN News in 2005 from the investigative unit at CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia. Since then, he’s spent countless hours at the anchor desk and crisscrossed the country covering everything from political campaigns to acts of terror.

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, Tom anchored our breaking news coverage and was reporting from Boston the next day. He didn’t come home until the surviving terrorist was in custody, bringing Chicago viewers live coverage of the dramatic arrest in Watertown, Massachusetts.

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, Tom, a member of relief organization Team Rubicon, worked long shifts providing disaster aid to the people of Queens, NY while shooting stories for WGN.

Tom flew to Colorado with former Governor Rod Blagojevich as he reported to federal prison. He’s sat down with Barack Obama, roamed Taliban-controlled pockets of Afghanistan with the US Army, performed in front of a sell-out crowd at the House of Blues with Chicago rockers, the Lovehammers, trained alongside DEA agents at their headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, and been blacked out twice by the Blue Angels.

Tom completed three Chicago Marathons before being sidelined for good in 2009, when his motorcycle was hit by a car. After recovering from a broken back, he joined the campaign to make drivers more aware of motorcycles.

Tom’s been named one of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors, written for both the Chicago Tribune and Michigan Avenue magazine and mentored the next generation of storytellers through the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Street-Level Youth Media. In 2014, WGN named him Employee of the Year for his fearless coverage of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

And yes, he’s picked up a few Emmy Awards along the way.

When Mark’s busy, you’ll find Tom filling in on WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten alongside Micah Materre. But truth be told, he’d rather be out covering a story.


Recent Articles
  • 5 employees dead, 5 officers wounded in Aurora shooting; gunman killed by police

    AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]

  • House and Senate approve deal to avert shutdown, sending measure to White House

    With little more than a day left before funding expires for key parts of the government, the House and Senate both voted on Thursday to approve a spending deal to avert a shutdown, sending the legislation to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature. The House vote, which took place late Thursday evening, was 300 to 128. The Senate vote, which took place earlier in the day, was 83 to 16. After weeks of uncertainty over whether the President […]

  • Woman charged after 3 children found living alone without heat, water in Indiana trailer home

    PORTAGE, Ind. — A woman was charged after her three children were found living on their own in a trailer home without running water or heat. Police said the children, ages 10, 11 and 16 were living alone in a trailer home in Portage, Ind., and their situation only came to light when the 16-year-old son asked for help at school. The teen wanted to know what to do to fix a broken water pipe. School officials were concerned about the […]

  • Aldermanic candidate apologizes after controversial photo surfaces

    CHICAGO  — An aldermanic candidate has apologized after a controversial photo of him from 2013 surfaced. Daniel La Spata, who’s running to unseat Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno in the 1st Ward, can be seen in a photo wearing a banana costume surrounded by friends in monkey masks and a group of African American boys. The photo was taken near Millennium Park in September 2013. “It hurts my heart tremendously. To see that photo and out there and it feels like a […]

  • Portion of LSD to remain closed until at least Tuesday night; Repairs underway

    CHICAGO — A portion of Lake Shore Drive will remain closed after crews declared a “structural emergency” on a bridge Monday. Just after 11:30 a.m., the Chicago Department of Transportation shut down the northbound lanes at Monroe Street to Grand Avenue. A CDOT crew working in the area discovered a cracked steel beam supporting Lake Shore Drive near Randolph Street leaving the roadway uneven. While they were starting repairs, they inspected the rest of beams and found another one with a crack […]

  • Police release photos of car allegedly used in shooting of 1-year-old

    CHICAGO — Police have released photos of a car they believe was used in a South Side shooting that critically injured a 1-year-old boy Thursday. Authorities said 1-year-old Dejon Irving was sitting in the rear passenger side of his grandmother’s SUV when someone in a “dark older-model sedan” opened fire — shooting the boy in the head about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9900 block of South Throop Street. Dejon was taken in critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he remained on […]

  • Woman, 58, shot in home invasion in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — A 58-year-old woman was shot during a home invasion Friday in Back of the Yards, police said. The woman and her husband, 54, were home in the 4500 block of South Honore Street when they heard a knock on the door about 3:20 p.m. Friday, according to the Chicago Police Department. Three men were at the door, police said. All were strangers; two had visible face tattoos. The couple immediately closed the door, according to authorities. That’s when […]

  • 1-year-old shot in the head on South Side in critical condition

    CHICAGO — A 1-year-old boy was shot in the head Thursday evening on the South Side, according to officials. According to police, the child was sitting in the rear passenger side of a parked vehicle on the 9900 block of South Throop Street around 5:30 p.m. when a “dark older model sedan” pulled up next to the vehicle and someone inside fired shots, striking the child. The boy was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park in […]

  • Police pursuit ends in deadly crash in Hammond

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A police pursuit ended in a deadly crash Wednesday in Hammond, Indiana. Police said an officer was on patrol in the 6400 block of Calumet Avenue around 6:40 p.m. conducting a business check when the officer saw a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked at the gas pumps of the business. Police said the officer recognized the car from a previous call in which the driver fled from police. The officer knew the previous driver of the car […]

  • Baby girl born on CTA bus during morning commute

    CHICAGO — A baby was born on a CTA bus during the busy Wednesday morning commute. Guadalupe Lara, 33, thought she would make it to the hospital on time after she felt contractions, but her baby just couldn’t wait. Samantha Centeno-Lara was born weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She wasn’t expected for another week, but on Wednesday morning, her mom felt herself going into labor. Lara and her husband boarded the No. 9 bus hoping to get to Mercy Medical […]

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