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
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Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership offers free training for construction trades, manufacturing jobs
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9 more convictions from disgraced Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts vacated
Nine more convictions connected to disgraced former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts were thrown out at the request of the Cook County State's Attorney Friday.
Chicago mail: USPS names 4 worst-performing post offices; report shows 62K mail items delayed over several months
The USPS named the 4 worst-performing Chicago post offices Thursday in a report showing 62,000 mail items were lost there over the last several months.
USPS mail delays: Chicago letter carriers union asks for outside help to deliver mail
Chicago residents are trying to track down mail that is not being delivered to their homes. For many, it's an issue that's been going on for months.
Chicago Greencorps training program accepting applicants, pays $15 per hour
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Chicago mail problems mount, US lawmakers get involved
Serious mail problems persist in some areas of the city. Residents complain of lost mail or major delays. Now local U.S. lawmakers are getting involved to try and solve the problem.
UIC tech boot camp helps prepare Chicagoans for hundreds of open coding, cyber security jobs
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