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Patrick Elwood Announces Departure From WFLD-TV

WFLD-TV/FOX 32 veteran reporter/anchor Patrick Elwood announced today that he is also among those exiting the station. In a move that has been expected for months, the station is not offering Elwood a new contract, seeking to instead bring in fresh talent from elsewhere.

Patrick Elwood, a native of Chicago's south side, first joined WFLD-TV as a part-time reporter in December 1999. It was his first time working in his home market, after many years of working in numerous other markets.

He came to WFLD-TV from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, WI. Other cities Elwood worked in as a television reporter included Houston, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK.

While at WFLD-TV, Patrick Elwood was primarily used as a morning news reporter, although he did spend a few years also working as the Noon newscasts' anchorman (both solo and with a co-anchor).

Elwood may be warmly remembered as a longtime supporter of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity funding childhood cancer research. Patrick Elwood would shave his head on camera each year to help raise funds and bring attention to the cause.

Replacing Elwood, 46, will be a fresh reporter for Chicago television, Jake Hamilton, 25. Hamilton comes to the station from Houston's FOX station, KRIV-TV, and is expected to begin on the air before the end of this month. An exact start date has not yet been announced.

The following is Patrick Elwood's announcement, which he placed on his personal Facebook page today:

"Hello Facebook Friends! I wanted to share some news with you that I, too, will be leaving Fox 32 soon. It's been a great run of almost 15 years now. I'm grateful to Fox for the opportunity to work in my hometown and to share incredible stories of inspiration, tragedy, courage and perseverance. I'm grateful to my many colleagues who I had the pleasure to work with and learn from since I came back home in 1998. I'm grateful my Father had a chance to see his 4th Son and 9th child make a good living in a profession he cared so much about -- the news and all it should mean to society. I'm grateful my Mom had a chance to brag to her friends that her boy is on TV. Moms will do that kind of thing.

I'm incredibly grateful that you have shared the St. Baldrick's journey with me and my Wife, Kate and our 4 beautiful children. With the help of thousands of school kids from hundreds and hundreds of schools in Chicago and suburbs, we've raised more than $7 million dollars as part of our St. Baldrick's Schools Challenge. That's research dollars that have gone to hospitals here in our area. We truly have done life saving work for kids fighting pediatric cancer.

In closing, I am looking forward to future opportunities and the chance to keep telling our stories because as you know, my friends, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!"

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