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
  • 13-year-old girl pulled from Lake Michigan in critical condition

    CHICAGO – A teenager is in critical condition after she was pulled from Lake Michigan on Tuesday. The Chicago Fire Department said the 13-year-old was pulled from the water at Montrose Beach where other swimmers quickly tried to help her. She was unresponsive when she was pulled out of the water. The rescue was caught on cellphone video. The girl was found face-down and she went unnoticed for a few minutes and then got CPR from fellow beach-goers, then oxygen […]

  • Missing suburban landlord, 76, last seen at Englewood bank

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A search is underway for a 76-year-old Rolling Meadows man who went missing Saturday while collecting rent on the South Side. Vasudeva Kethireddy, 76, left his suburban home about 8 a.m. Saturday and headed to Englewood, where he owns rental properties, according to police and relatives. Kethireddy was last seen on surveillance footage depositing checks at a Chase bank near 69th Street and Ashland Avenue about 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Kethireddy made a few calls, but hasn’t been […]

  • Protesters shut down Lake Shore Drive, arrive at Wrigley Field

    About 200 demonstrators briefly shutdown Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive as they marched through one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods Thursday to draw attention to gun violence in the city’s poorer areas. Organizers hoped the march would draw attention to violence, corruption and the lack of economic investment in the city’s African-American neighborhoods. The protesters are also demanding the resignation of police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure to stem gun violence. Johnson has asserted in recent […]

  • Brawl breaks out at vigil for woman, 21, fatally shot while fleeing group of men on South Side

    CHICAGO — A brawl broke out at a vigil for a woman who was fatally shot after being chased down on the city’s South Side. Oceana Jones, 21, was fatally shot Tuesday in the Gresham neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Chicago police said Oceanea Jones and her boyfriend were at a gas station in the 1500 block of West 79th Street, when they noticed a group of four to five men following them. They felt uneasy and the couple decided to […]

  • 3-year-old and her father shot in Back of the Yards, officials say

    CHICAGO — A 3-year-old girl and her father were shot in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The shooting happened on the 900 block of West 48th Street around 2:45 p.m. Police said the two were injured when a man walked up to the girl’s father, 34, and began firing shots. The offender fled on foot and may have gotten into a black sedan that was waiting nearby, police said. The child was shot in […]

  • Patti Blagojevich writes op-ed blaming Obama administration as husband seeks commutation

    Patti Blagojevich, wife of Gov. Rod Blagojevich who is seeking commutation, wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Examiner revising history in a direct appeal to the White House, and blamed the Obama administration for not giving her husband a fair trial. “Little did we know,” she wrote, “how truly corrupt the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI really were. With pre-dawn raids, overzealous prosecutors with a flair for big, flashy press conferences.” Now she’s doing some press of her own, […]

  • Prospect Heights residents displaced by fire demand answers

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — Residents displaced by last week’s fire in Prospect Heights said they were angry about being promised help they aren’t getting. Residents came to a meeting Monday evening with officials to demand answers. Some of the residents displaced by the fire were uninsured and are now out in the cold. They learned Monday that completing repairs could take a year, maybe two. More than 300 people were left homeless by the fire in the apartment building. Displaced residents […]

  • Pregnant woman carjacked in Bucktown; Suspects in custody

    CHICAGO – Three suspects are in custody after a carjacking a couple at gunpoint on the North Side Friday. Police said three men stole a Range Rover in the alley of 1700 block of North Wolcott Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood around 9:30 a.m. The woman, who is in her 30s and pregnant, was backing out of the garage and the man was taking out the garbage when the suspects pulled up in a silver sedan. Two men with a […]

  • Stomach parasite outbreak reported at Evanston Golf Club

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Health officials are investigating after more than 100 people got sick following a Fourth of July celebration at a Skokie golf club. Roughly 900 people were at the July 3 festivities at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St., in Skokie. Since then, officials said, more than 100 people have fallen ill with serious flu-like symptoms. Some people had to be hospitalized. Investigators said the illness was caused by an intestinal parasite called Cyclospora cayetanensis. It was […]

  • Family seeks answers after woman killed in attempted carjacking

    CHICAGO – A vigil was held Wednesday night on Chicago’s West Side for a woman who was killed Sunday in an attempted carjacking. 59-year-old Mashell Appleton was on he way to church when she was shot in West Humboldt Park. Appleton’s friends were picking her up around 7 a.m. on Sunday.  They were on their way to attend a convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rosemont. Police said the gunman approached the car Appleton was in. As the suspect approached waving […]