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.

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    Chicago family of 17 uses music to better their lives, community

    CHICAGO —  Violin, guitar, piano, cello, the Kelly family can play them all. The 17 member Chicago family has turned to music to make their lives and their community a little better. The nine kids still living in their West Garfield Park home are kept on a strict morning schedule, starting with the physical workout  – a 5 a.m. crossfit workout organized by dad, Jonathan  – before moving to the music. Each and everyone of the Kelly’s 15 children play […]

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    26.2 is a number of hope for hospital fundraiser

    CHICAGO — Seven months ago, Darlene Jones got the call ever parent dreads.  Her son, Keshon had been hit by a CTA bus when he chased his dog into the street. Keshon suffered internal bleeding, a collapsed lung, a brain hemorrhage and broken bones. Now, Keshon is part of a fundraising effort to help the hospital that helped him.  He’s not cleared for contact sports yet, but Keshon is planning a 26.2 mile bike ride. As part of the fundraiser, […]

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    Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering lives lost and preventing future deaths

    CHICAGO — Felicia Miceli lost her son Louie three years ago after his addiction to pain medication turned into a heroin addiction. He was out of rehab and six months clean when he died. “His system was clean, so you can’t use the same amount you did previously, and he overdosed and passed in our house.. in his room,” Miceli said. “I think he just tried it one last time, and one last time was one last time.” Local officials say Chicago is […]

  • Chicago Botanic Garden still waiting on corpse flower to bloom

    GLENCOE, Ill. — The corpse flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden hasn’t bloomed yet, but it’s still growing, and everyone’s expecting the stink to come soon.

  • Does Chicago Botanic Garden’s ‘corpse flower’ have stage fright?

    CHICAGO — The anticipation is building at the Chicago Botanic Garden. People are eagerly awaiting Spike the “corpse flower” to finally bloom. When it does bloom, it won’t smell good. Instead, it will stink like rotting flesh. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has details.

  • Rock band Chicago helps kick off Horses of Honor auction

    CHICAGO — They have been making music for more than 50 years, but on Monday the band Chicago hit the Mag Mile hoping to make life a little easier for family members of fallen Chicago police officers. The band posed for pictures in front of a fiberglass horse decorated with band pictures and song titles, and the image of officer Tom Wortham, who was shot and killed in Chicago back in 2010. The band is sponsoring one of 20 horses currently lining […]

  • Chicago Sky makes young girl’s dream come true

    CHICAGO– When she was born Kiara Hood’s mother didn’t think she’d live a day. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy and paralysis on half of her body, she has spent her life with teams of doctors and therapists. On Friday, this Blue Island 14-year-old joined a team she never thought possible. Friday was signing day for this high school freshman as she officially became a member of the Chicago Sky – for one day. Amy Rutledge has the story.

  • Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago this weekend

    ROSEMONT, Ill.– Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2015 kicks off this weekend. For more information visit

  • Nature museum ‘celebrates everything insects’ with Bug-a-palooza

    “Celebrating everything insects,” may not be a phrase that easily comes to mind, but that’s exactly what the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is doing with the Bugapalooza. Invertebrate specialist Allen Lawrance will take visitors on an exploration including bees, creepy crawlers and beautiful butterflies. “Insects are always going to be there whether you like them or not so I think it might be a little easier to like it,” Allen says.  “With over a million species we have named, they’re […]

  • Wood sculptor looks to restore dead trees’ beauty to Chicago

    CHICAGO — The whirl of a chainsaw has shaped Jim Long’s world for more than 20 years. He began with small sculptures; he then went on to big intricate sculptures — anything his imagination and his subject could conjure up. Today Long is pouring his concentration into an old, dead ash tree in Nichols Park in the Hyde Park neighborhood, one of two in the park he is taking back for the city, which is losing tens of thousands of […]


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