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
  • 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 […]

  • CFD diver died from rare condition that caused heart failure

    CHICAGO – The Cook County Medical Examiner released an official cause of death for Chicago Fire Department diver who died during a rescue in May. According to the medical examiner, 46-year-old Juan Bucio’s death has been ruled an accident. The cause is listed as “asphyxia, with depletion of air from diving tank, due to cardiac arrhythmia due to lymphocytic myocarditis.” Lymphocytic myocarditis is a rare cause of cardiovascular disease that can cause heart failure. Bucio died over the Memorial Day […]

  • Protesters march at scene of fatal police-involved shooting

    CHICAGO — A group of protesters gathered Monday night near the scene of Saturday’s deadly police-involved shooting in the South Shore neighborhood. Local activists promised continued unrest until they get more answers from police. The group took over 71st Street along the Metra line. They marched and chanted while flanked by police, who worked to keep the situation peaceful. The group was small and nonviolent, unlike some of the groups that have protested in the neighborhood since Saturday when 37-year-old […]

  • 2 wounded in shooting blocks from scene of fatal police shooting

    CHICAGO —  A man and woman were wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon on Chicago’s South Side. According to the reporter on the scene, a gun battle between two gangs broke out near 70th Street and Chapple Avenue, just blocks from where a barber was shot and killed by police over the weekend. Police said the victims were most likely not an intended target.  The ages of the victims are not yet known. There is no one in custody.  

  • Suspect in custody after West Side car battery thefts, officials say

    CHICAGO – A person is in custody and being questioned by police after a string of car battery thefts on the city’s West Side. The thefts have been happening near Cicero Avenue and Lake Street while commuters park along Lake Street to ride the train into the Loop. Many commuters have returned to find their windows smashed and their car batteries missing. In video of one of the incidents, auto glass can be seen lining the sidewalk along Lake Street. […]

  • 9 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in McHenry County

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Health officials in northern Illinois are investigating several cases of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred between June 7 and July 1. McHenry County Department of Health officials say nine people became ill at different locations across the county. The victims range in age from 46 to 82. None of them lived in a public facility. Department spokeswoman Keri Zaleski said Wednesday the source of the outbreak and a common denominator hasn’t been found. Spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the […]

  • Police investigating after 2 bodies found in North Side garage

    CHICAGO – Two bodies were found in a garage on the city’s North Side Tuesday, according to officials. Police were called to a garage in the 4100 block of North Mozart Street in the Albany Park neighborhood around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a man and a woman, both believed to be in their 30s, were found unresponsive. They were pronounced dead at the scene. One victim was inside a car.  One victim was outside of the car.  Police said […]

  • Heavy rains cause flooding, damage in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The city’s latest siege of heat and humidity came to an end late Thursday as strong to locally severe thunderstorms swept the area. Damage was sporadic with tree damage reported at Westmont and Beecher, while strong winds caused roof damage and blew over a semi in Bedford Park. Rainfall was locally heavy with numerous reports of flooding, mainly across the southern and Indiana suburbs. Rainfall totals in excess of 2.5 inches fell causing significant flooding in Lake County, […]

  • Chicago celebrates Fourth of July

    CHICAGO – Crowds filled Chicago’s lakefront Wednesday for the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Navy Pier reached capacity as of 8:30 p.m. ALERT: We have reached maximum capacity at Navy Pier and all public entrances to the Pier are officially CLOSED. — Navy Pier (@NavyPier) July 5, 2018 Just after 5 p.m., the Office of Emergency Management tweeted that parking lots at the pier were full. Parking lots are at capacity at Navy Pier. Those traveling to see […]

  • 6 shot, including 3 children, in drive-by shooting on West Side

    CHICAGO — Six people were injured, including three children, in a drive-by shooting on Chicago’s West Side. Police say at least four of the victims were not the intended targets. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday on the 3400 block of West Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Three people in a black sedan pulled up next to 17-year-old boy, 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman on the sidewalk and started shooting. All three people were shot. Three […]