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
  • Sheep herding your dog

    Chicago– Scott Lucken was bit by the herding bug 18-years ago. Nurturing a dogs natural instinct, exercising their bodies and minds– and just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago on a quiet farm in Crete– he is even whipping city dogs into shape. Amy Rutledge has the story. For more information visit    

  • ComEd’s ‘Icebox Challenge’ draws girls to STEM fields

    CHICAGO — They are young, they are ambitious, and today, they are accomplished engineers. Teenage girls from across the Chicagoland area are transforming old refrigerators into race cars. It’s icebox derby. Here, 30 girls divided into six teams are given a recycled fridge and a guide book, setting out on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) journey to see who can build, name and design the logo for the best car — all in four short build sessions. This […]

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    13 kittens abandoned in hot duffel bag now await adoption

    ​ CHICAGO — It was a scorching summer Sunday — temperatures climbed into the mid-80s — when a woman spotted a duffel bag outside of the PAWS medical center in the Little Village neighborhood. Thirteen tiny kittens, two litters, likely a couple of months old, had been dumped on the side of the building, zipped into a bag. Under a vet’s care, the lucky 13 have landed on their feet. The top gun duffle bag kittens — Wolfman, Viper, Merlin, […]

  • Urban dig truly makes trash into treasures for local students

    CHICAGO – Pieces of history  buried deep in the ground were unearthed by local students rght in the heart of Chicago. Lake Forest archaeology professor Rebecca Graff is leading her second urban dig at the Charnley-Persky House at Schiller and Astor.  It is real life hands on training on the grounds of the world renowned home designed by Louis Sullivan and a very young Frank Lloyd Wright on land once owned by the Palmer Family. Graff and her students hope to […]

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    City kids soar to new heights with one-of-a-kind program

    CHICAGO – It’s the biggest day in a young pilot’s life: the first solo flight. Flight check, take off, landing — all on their own — usually after months of training. Malcolm Dunn is doing it today after six weeks of study, and he’s only 19 years old. Dunn is one of eight Chicago students in the inaugural class of the Tuskegee Next Academy, a new program out of the Illinois Aviation Academy in DuPage County founded to give urban […]

  • Thousands of sous chefs help at suburban resort

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — Throughout more than 100 picturesque acres at the Hilton Oak Brook Resort, you will find beautiful greens, wildlife and more than a half million busy sous chefs. Bees – and lots of them – busily prepare one of Executive Chef Sean Patrick Curry’s favorite ingredients: Honey. There are two yards of hives that contain 60,000 bees.  It is a hobby Chef Sean started on his own six years ago and just brought to the hotel this […]

  • Horse statues to line Michigan Avenue in honor of fallen officers

    CHICAGO — They are symbols of strength, nobility and hard work: horse statues adorned in beautiful artwork will be displayed Tuesday along Michigan Avenue in honor of fallen Chicago police officers. Five hundred and seventy-two CPD officers have died in the line of duty since the department began, including Horses of Honor project manager John Gordon’s own family. More than a dozen sponsored statues will be placed along Michigan Avenue, and at the end of August auctioned off to the highest bidder. […]

  • Camp unites kids with song, dance, but focuses on loss too

    CHICAGO — A camp in Chicago is bringing together budding young dancers, singers and actors from different backgrounds but who share one very unfortunate attribute – a loss of a parent. The kids are brought together by Brett Batterson, the executive director of the Auditorium Theatre and founder of Hands Together, Heart To Art. It was Brett’s involvement in the performing arts which got him through the loss of his own father. It is the foundation for the two week […]

  • Readers rejoice at release of new Harper Lee novel, despite some plot twists

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Like many bookstores across the country today, Barnes and Noble in Skokie opened its doors hours early anticipating a rush on “Go Set a Watchman” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee. Huge pre-order sales and a steady stream of walk-in shoppers were excited by the seemingly automatic American classic. It is only Lee’s second novel and is set decades after her 1960 “To Kill A Mockingbird” but written years before it.  It features a a grown […]

  • At-risk boys find an outlet at Englewood’s Crushers Club

    CHICAGO — Sally Hazelgrove was a little shocked and extremely proud to hear that Englewood was not part of the violence reported in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. “I usually leave every Fourth of July because there’s so much shooting around my house,” Hazelgrove said. “We’re blessed to have a police presence like no other community. [Englewood] is really about 25 square blocks and I can say I was so happy to see police on every block.” She’s […]


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