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
Homewood mother says school officials didn't tell her that her daughter was suicidal
A mother says she was not told by staff or officials at her daughter's school that the 12-year-old girl was contemplating suicide because of bullying.
Chicago Spanish-language newspaper Hoy to shutter Friday
Hoy, a Spanish-language newspaper, is shutting down its operations Friday and the community is making one last-ditch effort to save it.
Jersey City officials say kosher deli shooting may be targeted
Wednesday afternoon New Jersey and federal officials went out of their way not to disclose a motive in the shooting at a kosher deli Tuesday.
Chicago icon Reverend Clay Evans honored at visitation
Crowds of mourners turned out today for the visitation for iconic Chicago Pastor and civil rights leader Reverend Clay Evans.
CDC: 1 in 3 high schoolers uses tobacco product, 1 in 8 middle schoolers
New numbers from the CDC show widespread use of tobacco products in middle and high schools in the US.
Thanksgiving in Chicago: 86th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Turkey Trot, free meals
Thanksgiving is here and Chicago has a day filled with festive events for the whole community.
Chicago Weather: High winds cause power outages, extensive damage as many travel for Thanksgiving
People across the Chicago area are cleaning up after powerful winds gusting up to 60 mph caused extensive damage on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Chicago Weather: High winds cause power outages, extensive damage as many travel for Thanksgiving
People across the Chicago area are cleaning up after powerful winds gusting up to 60 mph caused extensive damage on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Law enforcement prepare to pull people over for pot behind the wheel
More than 300 police officers gathered in Naperville Thursday, hosted by AAA to highlight the challenges they say they'll face when recreational marijuana becomes legal on January 1, 2020.
Boy, 14, shot in head in Albany Park after high school homecoming dance
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head while riding in the back seat of his mother's car in Albany Park Thursday night, Chicago police said.