CHICAGO (WLS) --Rob Elgas has been promoted to anchor of ABC 7's Eyewitness News at 4:00 PM alongside co-anchor Linda Yu, meteorologist Cheryl Scott and sports anchor Jim Rose, it is was announced today by Jennifer Graves, Vice President and News Director, ABC 7. Rob's duties will also include contributing regular reports to the station's 10 PM newscast.
Elgas will begin co-anchoring ABC 7 Chicago's 4 PM newscast on Thursday, May 26, the same day Alan Krashesky will take the reins of the 5, 6 and 10 PM newscasts after Ron Magers' May 25 retirement.
Elgas joined the ABC 7 Eyewitness News team as a reporter and fill-in anchor on July 7, 2015.
According to Graves, "Since joining our news team Rob has done an outstanding job for us. He's a Chicago area native who relishes covering news in and around Chicago and has forged a real connection with viewers here. His on-air warmth, experience and enthusiasm for his work are the same qualities that have made him such an integral part of our newsroom this past year."
A Crystal Lake native, Elgas brings more than two decades of news experience to ABC7.
Elgas joined ABC 7 from NBC 5 in Chicago where he anchored the early afternoon news and reported for the late evening news. An award-winning journalist, Rob most recently won an Associated Press and Peter Lisagor Award for his live breaking news coverage of protests in Chicago in 2014. He has also won several Emmy Awards, co-hosting various specials, including a Winter Olympic special titled "Hometown Hopefuls" featuring Chicago Olympians in 2006.
Prior to his return to Chicago in 2002, Elgas worked for ABC7 in El Paso, Texas. Hired in 1998, He was a weekend anchor before co-anchoring the morning show from 2000-2002.
Elgas started his broadcasting career behind the lens in Champaign-Urbana, working as a photographer for WICD-TV. Elgas attended the University of Illinois, studying agricultural communications and journalism, before landing his first job in television. Elgas is a member of NAHJ, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Born in Arlington Heights and raised in Crystal Lake, Elgas now lives in the southwest suburbs with his wife and 2 children.