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
Illinois State Police seize guns from more than 1K residents with revoked FOID cards
Illinois State Police said they have conducted 201 statewide details to remove guns from people who have had their FOID cards revoked.
Amazon releases fleet of Rivian all-electric delivery trucks made in Illinois
The decision comes as part of billionaire Jeff Bezos' pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions across the company by 2040.
UpRising Bakery refuses to back down amid harassment, threats for hosting drag show
A family-friendly drag show is still set for Saturday in northwest suburban Lake in the Hills despite a flurry of online and in-person backlash against the business hosting it.
Week after Highland Park shooting, community comes together for vigil remembering those lost
"There are so many people who are injured physically and mentally, so there's a lot of healing to do, but we are all here supporting each other."
Police say previous contact with Crimo family included 'clear and present danger' concerns
Highland Park police had multiple contacts with the accused parade shooter and his family since 2002. One prompted police to label Bobby as a "clear and present danger."
Accused parade shooter's dad says he doesn't regret sponsoring FOID card, says system needs overhaul
"Guilt. No, just he did it all on his own. You know, he went through the legal process": Robert Crimo, Jr. said he doesn't regret helping his son get a FOID card because he was following the law.
'This isn't the parent's fault': Accused Highland Park shooter's parents 'distraught,' attorney says
There are questions over what, if any, charges Crimo's parents could face in this case.
Chicago fire officials urge safety ahead of July 4th fireworks
CFD is urging caution for anyone using fireworks in Chicago.
Illinois governor election results pit downstate Sen. Darren Bailey against Gov. JB Pritzker
ABC News projects downstate Sen. Darren Bailey has won the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.
Primary election Illinois 2022: Darren Bailey wins Republican nomination for governor
ABC News projects downstate State Senator Darren Bailey has won the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.