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
  • Brendt Christensen avoids death penalty, sentenced to life in prison in U of I scholar’s slaying

    PEORIA, Ill. — A former University of Illinois student avoided the death penalty after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision and instead gave him life without the possibility of parole after that same jury found him guilty of the abduction, rape and killing of a Chinese scholar. The jurors returned their decision Thursday afternoon after deliberations in the sentencing of Brendt Christensen, 30. The life sentence is automatically applied if even one juror opposes execution. The same jurors […]

  • Illinois jury goes home without sentence verdict for Brendt Christensen

    PEORIA, Ill. —Jurors went home Wednesday evening after a first day of deliberations without a decision on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for slaying a young scholar from China. The jury withdrew to deliberate Wednesday afternoon after closing arguments in the death-penalty stage of the case against Brendt Christensen. The same jurors convicted him last month of killing Yingying Zhang. Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before the judge dismissed them […]

  • Woman sexually assaulted in Palatine while she was running, police say

    PALATINE, Ill. — Police are searching for a man a woman said sexually assaulted her at a suburban park while she was running. Police said a they responded to Falcon Park in Palatine for a report of a sexual assault on Saturday around 9:20 p.m.  When they arrived, police said they found a 19-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a man while she was running on the outdoor track at the facility. The woman said she was […]

  • Chicago activists mobilize to oppose nationwide ICE raids expected this weekend

    CHICAGO — A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend after it was postponed last month by President Donald Trump, according to two administration officials and immigrant activists. The operation, which has sparked outrage and concern among immigrant-rights advocates, would target people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. As […]

  • COPA releases video of West Side police-involved shooting that left man dead

    CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released a series of videos from a police-involved shooting in May on the city’s West Side. COPA releases video of West Side police-involved shooting that left man dead Police said they exchanged gunfire twice with 26-year-old Sharell Brown in the 1400 block of South Lawndale Avenue on May 3. The first exchange happened after officers approached Brown and spotted a weapon. He ran and officers caught up with him again, leading to […]

  • Parents of slain U of I Chinese scholar tell jury of their loss

    PEORIA, Ill. — The parents of the Chinese scholar who was kidnapped and killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student described the loss they feel during testimony Tuesday. “How am I supposed to carry on living?” said Lifeng Ye, the mother of Yingying Zhang, whose testimony was on video. “I really don’t know how to carry on.” The testimony was heard by the jury that convicted Brendt Christensen last month in the Zhang’s 2017 death. The same jurors are hearing […]

  • Prosecutor says death penalty warranted in Yingying Zhang’s killing

    PEORIA, Ill. — The legal battle over whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should live or die for the kidnapping and slaying of a Chinese scholar began with a prosecutor on Monday telling jurors that the crime was so vicious that the death penalty is warranted. “It was cold, calculated, cruel and months in the making,” Assistant U.S. Attorney James Nelson told jurors on Monday afternoon. Reminding jurors that Brendt Christensen has never revealed what he did with […]

  • 2 injured, 1 dead after small plane crash in Iroquois County

    CHEBANSE, Ill. — Authorities say a Tennessee woman died and two suburban Chicago residents were injured after a small plane made an emergency landing in an Illinois field. Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police said Saturday Raymond Jakubiak of Naperville was flying a Beech A36 single-engine aircraft from Nashville to the Chicago area Friday afternoon when he began to experience engine trouble. Jakubiak attempted to land in a wheat field near Chebanse, where the plane was damaged and caught fire. The Iroquois […]

  • Capacity crowds gather at Navy Pier for fireworks

    CHICAGO — Thousands filled Navy Pier Thursday for the Fourth of July fireworks display. About 30 minutes before the show, Navy Pier reached its crowd limit. UPDATE: Entrance to Navy Pier is now closed due to capacity. We hope you enjoy the fireworks presented by Miller Lite tonight. 🎆 — Navy Pier (@NavyPier) July 5, 2019 Around 6:30 p.m. the garages were full and visitors were encouraged to look for alternate options. ATTN: Navy Pier parking garages are now full. […]

  • 2 teens in custody for fatal shooting of Gary 16-year-old over Xbox

    GARY, Ind. — Lake County officials said they took two teens into custody after they allegedly fatally shot a 16-year-old last month while he was trying to sell them his Xbox. Johnny Peluyera, 16, was shot and killed June 12 while he was with his father meeting up with two people near 51st and Maryland streets in Gary to sell the teen’s gaming system. The two arranged the meeting using an online sales app. The boy’s father said he knew […]

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