Amy Rutledge
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Amy Rutledge is a WGN News reporter for WGN Evening News, effective September 2013. Amy joined WGN-TV in January of 2005 as a general assignment reporter. The next year she became the evening anchor at CLTV while continuing her reporting duties. In May 2008, she took a brief break from Chicago and moved to Shanghai, China where she helped launch Shanghai’s first and only English speaking newscast. Amy served as the stations managing editor, talk show host, political reporter, and occasional evening anchor traveling between Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2010 she came back to Chicago and WGN-TV.

Prior to WGN-TV, Amy spent three years as the morning anchor and investigative reporter at WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also worked as a reporter, anchor, and weather forecaster at KVBC in Las Vegas, Nevada; a reporter, anchor, and producer at WEHT in Evansville, Indiana; a reporter and producer at KRNV in Reno, Nevada; and a producer at WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois.

Amy graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She also studied Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a graduate of Schaumburg H.S.

While in China, Amy studied Mandarin and the Chinese culture. She currently speaks at a conversational level but hopes to one day become fluent. When not at work, Amy is an avid runner, and has completed over a dozen marathons, ½ marathons. and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.


Recent Articles
  • Program unites diverse group of teens to discuss issues in Mid East

    Teenagers from very different backgrounds; Americans, Israelis and Palestinians have been brought together for an 18 day program to learn from one another. For 12 years Hands of Peace has been bringing kids and facilitators in from the Middle East to discuss the issues that ignite conflict and what actions could stamp it out. For two and a half weeks Middle Eastern guests live with host families in the northwest suburbs and learn. This summer’s program has been much more […]

  • City gardening helps autistic youths and young adults

    Nestled on the city’s west side, in the middle of the Illinois Medical District, an unexpected garden cultivating futures as well as flora. “We’re growing everything from tomatoes, pumpkins, summer squash, onions, kale, collards beans and watermelons.” Gwenne Godwin is head grower and farm manager of the Growing Solutions Farm, an acre and a half of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs all planted, maintained and harvested by young adults on the autism spectrum. Twenty paid farm interns spend several hours […]

  • Videos, images flood Internet in wake of plane crash

    Long before any official word of the plane crash in Ukraine Thursday, social media users were sharing information and images of the downed plane. WGN’s Marcella Raymond has more and Amy Rutledge shows how social media played a part in the worldwide coverage.  

  • New group empowering people to make Chicago streets safer

    The It’s Time Organization is a new group empowering ordinary citizens in Chicago to get involved in combating the problems of gun violence in the city. TITO – as its known – isn’t reinventing the wheel. The organization will be partnering with other successful programs already in place to try and stem gun violence on the city’s South Side in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Wards. TITO will also focus heavily on community economic and leadership development. Members say strengthening […]

  • Tamale Spaceship lands in Wicker Park

    The Tamale Spaceship has landed. Four years after the wheels of the oldest food truck in the city hit the road, its brick and mortar restaurant has opened in Wicker Park. They have expanded the menu but also stuck to its followers favorites. Eight or nine tamales headline the menu every day. Each are gluten free and everything is made from scratch from the marinades to the meats. Just one week into business and already newcomers are making return visits. […]

  • Annual adrenaline rush at Chicago’s Great Bull Run

    At the Chicago “running of the bulls” at the Hawthorne Race Course this weekend, brave participants will get to run alongside a total of 20 1,500-pound bulls released in three waves down a quarter-mile dirt course. WGN’s Amy Rutledge wore a camera on her head as she tried out the scary run as a preview of the event. The Great Bull Run includes multiple runs as well as a festival and a tomato food fight. More information on The Great […]

  • Crosstown rivalry celebrated in suburban museum’s exhibit

    The age old Sox-Cubs crosstown civil war of sorts is being celebrated at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. The museum’s curator of exhibits, Lance Tawzer, spent a year – deep in dangerous territory – discussing fans love and disdain for Chicago’s two teams. His research now on display for all to see – and hear. The exhibit also includes a Sox/Cubs trivia quiz will put your team knowledge to the test. While the baseball civil war won’t likely end soon, the […]

  • From decadent to light, something for everyone at the Taste of Chicago

    The Taste of Chicago opened in downtown today. For the third year in a row, The Taste will run for five days instead of 10 and will have different hours. From Wednesday until Friday, the gates are open from 11a.m. to 9p.m. On the weekend, it is open from 10a.m. until 9p.m. From the indulgent to the lighter side, Amy Rutledge sampled the extremes. FULL LIST: 2014 Taste of Chicago restaurants and concerts

  • Camp brings out Super Heroes in those living with disabilities

    More than a dozen kids and young adults living with disabilities are some of the most fearless crime fighters in Chicagoland – at least for this week. They are focusing on their amazing abilities in Super Hero Camp. The week long program in southwest suburban Lemont partners campers with theatre industry professionals, social workers and volunteers. Participants rotate through workshops like makeup and special effects. Campers get to create their own super hero persona and super villain, discussed with art […]

  • Family spends summer doing chores for charity

    Spending your summer vacation doing chores may not sound ideal to some, but it’s what the Murset Family will be doing. They’ll be doing chores – and lots of them – every day in different locations, in different cities across the U.S. for different families. 25 stops in 20 days to be exact. Gregg Murset is the founder and CEO of My Job Chart, an online chore program launched three years ago to help parents teach kids a solid work […]