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
Jibarito Origin: Sandwiched between Chicago's Humboldt Park and Puerto Rico
The story of the Jibarito, a sandwich as Chicago as deep-dish pizza.
Pet wallaby named Rupert missing from Monee family's backyard, police say
Rupert the wallaby is missing from his family's backyard in Monee. Call police if you spot him.
Bedford Park tent collapse during luncheon in parking lot leaves 26 injured, police say
A witness told ABC7 that an apparent freak gust of wind caused the tent to collapse at a yearly outdoor luncheon.
Illinois electric car maker Rivian opens Chicago showroom in Gold Coast
Electric auto maker Rivian is opening their first direct to consumer retail space in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
Bryan Jackson remains missing after going swimming in Lake Michigan
Bryan Jackson's loved ones believe he could still be alive, even though he went missing while swimming Tuesday morning.
Man with car full of weapons, ammo out on probation after pleading guilty in Englewood shots fired
Englewood residents are angry after a suburban man who "randomly" opened fire on a park and then was found with multiple guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car was let out on probation following a guilty plea.
Migrants Chicago: Industry leaders, Dems call on Biden to fast-track work permits to fill vacancies
"But, if you don't give a flying fig for this moral argument, do it for yourself and your family, so that businesses can stay open," Sen. Dick Durbin said.
'It was a work of love': Naperville restaurant employing workers with disabilities closes its doors
The new owner is keeping the employees with disabilities who worked at the restaurant.
'You're in so much shock': Mundelein native returns to suburbs after surviving Hawaii fires
A Chicago area native lost everything in Hawaii's Lahaina fires, but survived.