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
Hundreds attend Taeyoung Kim arraignment for crash that killed Glenbrook South senior Marko Niketic
Hundreds gathered Thursday at the arraignment for Taeyoung Kim, who is charged in the death of Glenbrook South High School student Marko Niketic.
Heartland Animal Shelter in Wheeling floods from water main break; dozens of pets in need of fosters
More than 100 pets in Wheeling are in need of supplies, adoptions and foster homes after a massive flood at Heartland Animal Shelter.
Ricky Byrdsong's widow Sherialyn says 25th annual Race Against Hate matters now more than ever
This Father's Day weekend is the annual Race Against Hate, now commemorating 25 years since Northwestern basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong was gunned down by a white supremacist outside of his Skokie home.
Aurora recycling plant repurposes waste items once thought to be unrecyclable
Recycling the nearly unrecyclable is not a futuristic idea. That's thanks to innovation happening right now in the western suburbs that could help Chicagoland reduce waste.
Auto body shop roof collapses in Portage Park, Chicago Fire Department says
A worker who survived the roof collapse said a customer pulled him from his seat as a cloud of smoke and dust rumbled forth. He then still had the wherewithal to pull two cars out of the shop before the roof caved in.
Report shows major increase in weather disasters over past 10 years; trend expected to continue
More severe weather is expected as international weather monitors say we've seen 12 months of unprecedented heat worldwide.
Chicago area ceremonies commemorate D-Day 80th anniversary of Normandy beach invasion
Ceremonies in Chicago and the suburbs commemorated those who gave their lives for freedom 80 years ago on the beaches of Normandy.
16 alderpersons call on UChicago to reconsider withholding diplomas for 4 sanctioned students
A group of faculty and students say at least four seniors are being disproportionately penalized by having their degrees withheld for their participation in a pro-Palestinian encampment on the quad.
Bronzeville unveils community solar power micro-grid array to provide electricity in emergencies
City and state leaders said the Bronzeville solar power micro-grid is one of the first in the country, and will power the neighborhood in the event of a major power outage.
Northwestern president testifies at Congressional hearing on alleged antisemitism at colleges
Northwestern University President Michael Schill was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill at a hearing Thursday morning on antisemitism on college campuses.