Mark Rivera
Mark Rivera came back to work in his hometown when he joined the ABC 7 Eyewitness News team as weekend morning news anchor and reporter in December, 2017.

Upon his arrival to the station, News Vice President Jennifer Graves described Mark as a "skilled anchor and a versatile reporter adept at covering everything from big breaking news stories, to politics and feature stories." Rivera grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

The first major live story Rivera covered for ABC 7 Eyewitness News was the funeral and procession of slain police commander, Paul Bauer in 2018. He anchored ABC 7's on-air coverage for more than three hours as Commander Bauer was honored by the city and its residents.

Rivera comes to ABC 7 from WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida, where he served as the station's weekend morning news anchor and political reporter. While on the anchor desk there, he provided six hours of compelling non-stop coverage of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in nearby Orlando. As the station's political reporter, he covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign rallies, questioned Vice President Mike Pence about Russian influence and co-moderated a heated congressional debate. In addition to the political beat, Rivera has reported on a wide range of stories from the hurricanes that devastated Florida to a family whose son is a 5-organ transplant survivor.

Prior to WTSP, Rivera worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois where he anchored a two-hour daily newscast, reported breaking news and wrote, edited and reported a weekly feature piece focused on the local community. While at WAND, Rivera won a regional Associated Press Award.

Rivera is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

He, his wife Alissa, and their dog Xena live in the city. They enjoy running and exploring all of the diners, coffee shops, and taco spots Chicago has to offer.


Mark's Stories
Coronavirus Chicago: City wants you to report non-essential businesses you see open
The city is asking you to call 311 to report an open business that shouldn't be during Gov. Pritzker's stay-at-home order.
Coronavirus: Grocery stores install Plexiglass shields, embrace social distancing to limit COVID-19 spread
Jewel and Mariano's are even working to install Plexiglass shields at the checkout to separate checker and customers.
West suburban ultraviolet sanitizing company shifts focus to help coronavirus first responders
PetAirapy is using the ultraviolet technology it typically utilizes for sanitizing pet daycares and hospitals to clean ambulances responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus IL: Oak Park shelter in place order issued after 2 Rush Hospital ER doctors test positive for COVID-19
The Village of Oak Park has issued a shelter in place order for residents starting Friday and two ER doctors at RUSH Oak Park Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.
Illinois' 6th District: Republican candidate Ives vies to win back GOP seat from Democratic incumbent Casten in general election
Republican Jeanne Ives is trying to win back a seat that was held by the GOP for decades from Democrat Sean Casten.
Downers Grove scientist, 97, escaped Nazi Germany, helped Manhattan Project, now fights climate change
Dr. Dieter Gruen did vital work for the Manhattan Project helping to create the atomic bomb, and now he's working on a clean energy solution to climate change.
Chicago carjackings decrease sharply after task force formed, CPD says
After the Chicago Police Department formed a task force to cut down on the number of carjckings in the city, they say they're already making progress.
ABC 7, Disney's Magic of Storytelling donate thousands of books to South Side elementary school
The love of literature is on full display at Schmid Elementary School on Chicago's South Side.
Illinois Republicans campaign against neo-Nazi Art Jones on 3rd District ballot in primary
Illinois Republican leaders have come out against a controversial candidate in that party's primary race for the 3rd Congressional District.
1-year-old girl killed, several injured, including children, in West Lawn fire
A 1-year-old girl was killed and several other people, including children, were hospitalized after a fire in Chicago's West Lawn neighborhood Wednesday morning, authorities said.