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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
  • High stakes, low budgets for CPS cooking competition

    School cafeteria food doesn’t have to be an unidentifiable piece of meat — not if the kids competing in the annual Cooking Up Change competition have anything to say about it. The national competition kicked off its 2014 edition at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago today. 17 teams from Chicago Public Schools battled it out for the chance to go to the national tournament in Washington D.C. The goal was to create delicious and nutritious meals that would be easy […]

  • After 30 years, Soto piece returns to museum and encourages you to touch, look and listen

    In a space of relative quiet reflection – and mostly no touching policies – Penetrable de Chicago is shaking things up at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nearly 1500 clear plastic filaments, hung 10 feet above the ground, encourage visitors to touch, look, listen and feel a piece of contemporary art from renowned abstract artist Jesus Rafael Soto. Soto designed the piece for Chicago on a rare American tour in the early 1970’s. It is one of only 30 the […]

  • Mobile meat market gives farm to table whole new meaning

    A mobile meat market by the company Zaycon Foods is taking the term “farm to table” to a whole new meaning. Meat is sold in bulk at prices they say are equal or lower than most grocery stores. Customers register on the company’s web page and select an upcoming event, add how much meat you’d like, pay at check out and pick up on event day in a designated local parking lot. Most of Zaycon’s business has spread by word […]

  • Program strengthening young girls self-esteem through yoga

    Smarty Pants Yoga may look like a typical yoga class – with breathing and stretching – but there’s also a serious lesson to be learned. Each class centers on a different issue told through the story of a strong female character. Girls listen and discuss the good and the bad and afterwards the story is retold through yoga. The classes give young ladies a chance to find their voice and express it in the right way. Annie Warshaw is the […]

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    Here’s how you can get behind the wheel of a half-million dollar car

    Want to drive a ferrari this weekend? There’s only one place to go. WGN’s Amy Rutledge already took a ride and has this report. MORE INFORMATION: Extreme Experience Fri. Oct. 24th – Oct. 26th Autobahn Country Club 3795 Centerpoint Way Joliet 9a – 5p www.XXSPEED.COM

  • Uniquely spooky times await at Chicago Cultural Center Haunted Happenings

    If you’re looking for some spooktacular fun this weekend, the Chicago Cultural Center has just the trick for you. At Haunted Happenings, visitors of all ages can check out circuses, magicians and story tellers along with a dance party this weekend. There’s a ghost tour, too. And best of all it’s free.   October 24 – 26th 11:00am – 7:00pm Chicago Cultural Center Free Admission More info:

  • Program gives inmates purpose with painting

    Exposure to the art world is helping inmates turn away from crime at Cook County jail. 11 inmates form the jail were selected by a corrections officer with hopes of ignited the love of art and history she’s carried since childhood. None of the inmates were painters and only a couple had any real art interest at all. But a little knowledge and some house paint has turned the group into budding Picassos – with a new found interest of […]

  • Is this Chicago’s next official Christmas tree?

    Two weeks from Halloween and some people have Christmas trees already on their mind. But not any old tree you’d get for your house. It’s the grand centerpiece for the city of Chicago. The Daley Plaza Christmas tree. More than 80 trees were submitted to the city this year and 20 made the short list. Now it’s up to a landscaping team from the Brickman Group to find the top three for the city to choose from. WGN’s Amy Rutledge […]

  • Move over, Barbie — Ken doll revered at Ken-vention 2014 in Chicago

    For more than 50 years he’s been by Barbie’s side, but this weekend in Chicago Ken is stealing the spotlight at the third annual Ken-vention. About 150 collectors are at the event through the weekend buying, selling, competing and learning. There are tons of workshops on everything  from paper dolls and scrapbooking to making accessories, all thanks to the man behind the doll. And collecting Kens isn’t a cheap hobby — vintage and collector dolls can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Money aside, […]

  • The Great Glass Pumpkins find home at the Morton Arboretum

    What would fall be without an orange pumpkin or two…or a blue one … or a multi colored one. A rainbow of glass pumpkins are finding a home at the Morton Arboretum. 20 artists from across the U.S. will showcase their work through the weekend. More information at:


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