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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, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.


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    South suburban mom finds a way to make prom memorable and affordable

    It’s the stuff of big hollywood movies. The beloved prom dress, a major purchase in a young woman’s life and something Amanda Steenvoorden wants to make special, regardless of cost. After shopping for her oldest daughter’s first homecoming dress this year, this mother of five had an epiphany, to find a way to make dress buying fabulous, both fashionably and fiscally. This is where The Pretty in Pink Boutique began. Steenvoorden started reaching out to friends and businesses in the south […]

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    Chicago Cubs give away free tickets to fans today

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs single game tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., but the team will be giving away free tickets today. The Cubs say fans can find them at the South Promenade located in Millennium Park for a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, and the chance to score game tickets. Hit one out of our mobile ballpark at Millennium Park (South Promenade) for a chance to score tickets from 12-1 p.m. today! #HitForMobileTix pic.twitter.com/MEW2Db89bU — Chicago Cubs […]

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    Chicagoan headed to Special Olympics World Games in Austria

    Tommy Shimoda spends hours on the ice each week, working on drills for speed, balance and efficiency. In two weeks, this 24-year-old Special Olympic athlete will head to Austria to compete in the 2017 World Games. Of the 7000 Special Olympic athletes in Chicago, Tommy is the only one headed to the World Games. Diagnosed with autism as a child, he got into the Special Olympics at the age of six. He’s been participating as an athlete at Mount Greenwood park […]

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    Meet the teen behind American Girl’s first-ever boy doll

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    ‘You truly are my hero:’ Suburban students take time to thank military

    OSWEGO, Ill. — It’s not unusual to tackle a writing assignment in class, but today’s was self imposed by the students at Oswego East High School.  On this National Random Act of Kindness Day, students took pen to paper to thank the men and women in the military who keep this country safe. The entire student body and faculty spending the morning reaching out to men and women they’ve never met before and shared a little of themselves, in hopes […]

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    Oscar nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’ inspires Southland College Prep’s Black History Month Program

    CHICAGO — Inspired by the message captured in the Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures, Southland College Prep’s dance instructor, Gloria Chatman, decided to bring the story to her students through music. The movie tells the story of three African American women who played crucial roles in the early years of NASA’s space program. The school will be incorporating themes from the movie in their Black History Month Program. The movie left a lasting impact on students as well, hitting close to home […]

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    WGN crew brings Valentine’s Day greetings to local children’s hospital

    There were a lot of Valentine’s Day smiles this morning at a west suburban hospital thanks to a special visit and some special Valentines from some of the WGN crew. Amy Rutledge and Sarah Jindra were there to help bring a little love to some sick kiddos this holiday.  And they were joined by a special guest.

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    Local amputee helped by Boston Bombing survivor

    Just over six months ago, 19-year old Vidal Lopez lost both legs, above the knee, when the car he was riding in was hit by tractor trailer near his home in Mexico. One leg was amputated immediately and the other was amputated about a week later in Chicago in a lifesaving surgery. He spent his time in a wheelchair and in very basic prostheses with assistance. The knees he had did not have the “inherent intelligence” he needed to make […]

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    Chicago celebrates Black Restaurant Week

    Chicago’s Black Restaurant Week kicks off its second year this weekend. It was founded by Lauran Smith and in one year, it’s already doubled in size. Starting Sunday, 30 participating black owned food and beverage establishments will be offering a weeks’ worth of discounts. WGN’s Amy Rutledge visited just one of the many participating resturants.   For more information: Chicago Black Restaurant Week Litehouse Whole Food Grill        

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    Chicago teacher’s lessons to be brought to life as she races Iditarod

    CHICAGO — Annie Kelley is about to undertake a trip like never before. She will brave the extremely cold elements across 1100 miles of Alaskan terrain, as Illinois first ever – “Teacher on the Trail” on the Iditarod. For the last eight years, the 4th grade teacher at St. Andrews School in the Lakeview neighborhood has used the last great race as a teaching tool in lesson plans introduced to her as a student teacher.  And her interest in the […]