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
  • Dems say oust Trump or he’ll betray again; ‘He is who he is’

    WASHINGTON — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned Friday in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. “He is who he is,” declared Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He told the senators listening as jurors that Trump put the U.S-Ukraine relationship on the line in a way that benefited Russia just so he could take a […]

  • 1 critical after North Side shooting and police chase ends in crash

    CHICAGO — One person is in critical condition and multiple suspects are in custody after a police chase through Chicago’s North Side ended in a crash Tuesday night near Welles Park. Police said the pursuit began after a 43-year-old man was shot by a passing vehicle in the 3300 block of West Armitage Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. The man was transported in critical condition. Police then pursued a Honda Accord from Logan Square along Milwaukee Avenue and Western Avenue. […]

  • Chicago police warn public of armed carjackers targeting women on South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have issued a warning to the public after carjackers have been targeting women on the South Side. The most recent carjacking happened at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said the group is targeting women who are alone, sitting in or standing near their cars. The victims are threatened, and in a matter of seconds, the offenders are in their cars and gone. Since Jan. 11, two to three males have targeted women in the following locations. […]

  • 17-year-old girl killed in Englewood shooting

    CHICAGO — A 17-year-old girl was killed Friday after she was shot multiple times on Chicago’s South Side. Citing preliminary information, police said the teen was in a vacant lot in the 6700 block of South Parnell in Englewood around 6:30 p.m. Three males got out of a car and one fired shots. The teen was struck two or three times and wounded in the head, neck and back. The 17-year-old has been identified as Camerie Crawford. She was taken […]

  • Guerin Prep HS to close permanently this summer

    RIVER GROVE, Ill. — A Catholic high school in River Grove will close permanently this summer. Guerin Prep High School announced Thursday that is plans to shut its doors June 30. In a letter sent to parents, officials said they made the difficult decision based on dropping enrollment, more students needing tuition assistance and lower than needed donations. Guerin Prep will hold two informational meetings next week. Read the full letter below: Guerin Prep High School Press Release by WGN […]

  • Suburban officer charged with assaulting woman during arrest; Chief says it is not true

    DIXMOOR, Ill. — A south suburban police officer was charged with assaulting a 66-year-old woman. Prosecutors said Dixmoor Police Cmdr. Ronald Burge Jr., 31, dragged a 66-year-old grandmother into a police station in October and repeatedly slammed her face into a wall. He is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. According to court documents, Burge Jr., “carried and dragged Victim back to the police station with her feet at times dangling off the ground.” Documents state, at 6 feet […]

  • Retired priest no longer faces DUI charges in fatal Orland Park hit-and-run

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. — DUI charges have been dropped against a retired priest in a hit-and-run that killed a teacher in Orland Park. The Rev. Paul Burak, 73, was charged with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident last month. Burak is accused of striking Margaret “Rone” Leja and Elizabeth Kosteck as they were all leaving a Christmas party on Dec. 4 at 39 Orland Square Drive. Tuesday, Leja’s family was told the DUI charges were dropped. The […]

  • Aurora police seek driver responsible for fatal hit-and-run

    AURORA, Ill. — Police in Aurora are searching for the driver responsible in a fatal hit-and-run. Police said a pedestrian was struck around 7:30 p.m. Monday near River Street and Second Avenue in Aurora. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Aurora police said they want anyone who may have seen something or been in the area during the incident to contact them. No further information was provided. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Archdiocese of Chicago to close 5 schools

      CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago announced plans to close five Catholic schools on June 30 due to low enrollment and “financial difficulties.” In a press release issued Monday, the Diocese said the following schools would be closed: St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows St. Jane de Chantal School in Chicago St. Joseph School in Round Lake St. Louise de Marillac School in La Grange Park St. Maria Goretti School in Schiller Park “School closures are difficult and complicated […]

  • Winter Storm Warning in effect; Snow, ice, rain expected

    CHICAGO — A big winter storm could bring dangerous conditions to Chicagoland as we head into the weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for McHenry and DeKalb counties. Winter Storm WARNING in effect Fri 9PM-Sun 3AM for pink counties. Mix of freezing rain/sleet is likely this evening, possibly mixed w/ snow overnight. Heavy snow is likely late Sat aft-eve. 3-7" snow totals expected. Travel will be significantly impacted at times. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/cYT8e08gZY — […]

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