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
  • Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say

    According to two sources, the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey. One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible. One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that […]

  • Trump administration steps in to quash police-reform plan

    CHICAGO — The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it’s seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation’s third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision. In a statement announcing the intervention, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the roughly 200-page plan, also known as a consent decree, because of the court oversite. And he offered a full-throated defense of Chicago police, […]

  • Car stolen with 2 babies in back seat; boys found in alley strapped to car seats

    RICHTON PARK, Ill. — A car with two infants in the back seat was stolen in Richton Park on Friday, police said. The boys were found safe in an alley in Riverdale two hours later; they were strapped into their car seats. Police said there was no indication they’d been hurt. Temperatures in the Richton Park area hovered around the high 30s and low 40s Friday afternoon. It was not clear how long the boys had been outside. The car […]

  • Kanye West tells Trump MAGA hat made him feel like ‘Superman’

    WASHINGTON — Rapper Kanye West met Thursday with Donald Trump, telling the President in an Oval Office meeting before reporters why he supports the Republican. “There was something about putting this hat on that made me feel like Superman,” West said, as part of an extended soliloquy that spanned topics from his mental health to prison reform to what kind of plane Trump should fly in. West also said the President is on a “hero’s journey.” “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all […]

  • Rauner faces backlash for comments about illegal immigration, Chicago crime

    CHICAGO — The two billionaires running for Illinois governor squared off Wednesday over their finances. Gov. Bruce Rauner accused his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker of being a tax cheat, with a good chance of winding up in jail, and the governor’s remarks about illegal immigration have gotten backlash from Latino leaders in Chicago. At a debate in front of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board Tuesday, the governor said the reason for unemployment and crime in Chicago is because undocumented immigrants take […]

  • 3 injured, cars damaged after Mercedes carjacked in Gold Coast

    CHICAGO — At least three people were injured and multiple cars damaged after a carjacker took a stolen Mercedes on a wild ride through the Gold Coast neighborhood Tuesday night. One person was in custody. It all started about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of North State Street when a 30-year-old man left his 2015 Mercedes unattended with the doors unlocked and keys near the vehicle. An “unknown offender” got into the Mercedes and drove off, according to […]

  • Van Dyke moved to jail in Quad Cities to await sentencing

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer convicted of murdering Laquan McDonald has been moved to a jail three hours west of Chicago to await sentencing. Jason Van Dyke “was transferred to Rock Island County [Jail] this morning after it was determined this was the best housing assignment for him and the jail compound as a whole,” said Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “There were absolutely no incidents of any nature that prompted this decision. […]

  • Alligator found in Lake Michigan with mouth taped shut

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Police in northern Illinois were surprised Monday when they got reports of an alligator swimming in Lake Michigan. They were even more surprised to find out reports of a reptile were true. David Castaneda was fishing for salmon when he spotted the animal around 9:30 a.m. Monday. “I went closer to see if it was real,” kayaker David Castaneda told the Chicago Tribune. “I was just in shock. I wasn’t sure if it was a real alligator or a […]

  • No arrests during Van Dyke verdict demonstrations

    CHICAGO — Demonstrators marched through the streets of Chicago Friday in response to the guilty verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial.  Police made no arrests. A jury on Friday found Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was found not guilty of official misconduct. Before the verdict was read Friday, a large group of demonstrators gathered […]

  • $10K reward offered for info leading to arrest of man who fatally shot 2 in Rogers Park

    CHICAGO — The Jewish United Fund is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads police to the person who fatally shot two men in Rogers Park over the past week. On Wednesday, police released surveillance video of a masked person suspected in the two homicides. The seemingly random murders have left the community on edge. Police published footage from September 30 of a person dressed in all black and a ski mask walking towards the 1400 block of West Sherwin, […]