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
Building a Better Chicago: What is affordable housing?
How affordable housing is defined is crucial to the fight to find solutions for those who need it.
Humboldt Park tenants win fight to keep affordable housing, but gentrification concerns linger
Like many neighborhoods in Chicago that are facing gentrification, rents and home prices in Humboldt Park are rising fast.
Henry Mayfield Jr., Hazel Crest soldier killed in terrorist attack, laid to rest
It's a somber day, but one to recognize the service and sacrifice of a Hazel Crest son who gave his life for his nation.
Visitation held for Henry Mayfield Jr., Hazel Crest soldier killed in terrorist attack
It's a somber day, but one to recognize the service and sacrifice of a Hazel Crest son who gave his life for his nation.
Dream come true for Naperville writer with cerebral palsy, writing for Disney's 'Doc McStuffins'
A Naperville writer with cerebral palsy has dream come true writing for Disney's Doc McStuffins.
Family, dog rescued after getting stuck in icy pond in Deer Park
A family was safely rescued from a pond in the far northwestern suburbs after they tried to save their dog trapped in the icy water.
Chicago sets new high temperature record for December 26
Is it flashback to Summertime Chi? Not quite, but it's still pretty warm to be Christmastime in Chicago.
Robbers pretending to be customers targeting taxi drivers on Near North Side, police say
Chicago police have issued an alert after several taxi drivers were robbed by people pretending to be customers.
Former Bear Anthony Adams joins Daisie Foundation to surprise students on South, West Sides with Christmas gifts
A special Santa dropped by to bring joy to students at one Englewood school Thursday, surprising them with hundreds of gifts they never saw coming.