Rob Elgas joined NBC Chicago in August 2002 as a general assignment reporter. He currently co-anchors the NBC 5 NEWS at 4:30 p.m. with Marion Brooks and reports for the NBC 5 NEWS at 10 p.m.
Elgas came to NBC Chicago from the ABC affiliate in El Paso, Texas where he anchored their two-hour morning program.
Prior to the El Paso station, Elgas worked for the NBC affiliate in Champaign. His duties included photographer ('one-man band'), reporter, fill-in anchor, and even weather forecaster. Elgas started his broadcasting career in Champaign-Urbana, attending the University of Illinois, his first journalism job was as a summer columnist for the student newspaper The Daily Illini.
In 2005, Elgas won a regional Emmy for his work on a feature story called “Stuck in the Middle”. He’s won several Emmys co-hosting various NBC5 special broadcasts including “Hometown Hopefuls,” a half hour program about Chicago’s winter Olympians in 2006.
Elgas has been featured on NBC Chicago's live marathon broadcasts and interviewed the world’s best runners after they crossed the finish line. He’s also co-hosted the Chicago Auto Show and NBC’s Education Nation initiative.
He traveled to Sochi, Russia in 2014 and Turin, Italy in 2006 to cover the Winter Olympics. He has also covered wildfires in San Diego, the NCAA men’s basketball national championship and the White Sox incredible World Series run in 2005.
Born in suburban Arlington Heights and raised in Crystal Lake, Rob calls Chicago home. He loves sports, and you might find him on the hardwood playing hoops, or watching any Chicago team during the year.
Rob attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, studying broadcast journalism and agricultural communications. His family now lives in southern Texas, near the border of Mexico -- a place Rob calls his home away from home.