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
  • Renaissance fair offers fantasy trip back in time

    Flying dragons and clashing swords, knights jousting and ladies in long dresses — just a few scenes that stir the imagination at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Join WGN’s Amy Rutledge for a medieval fantasy trip back in time. Bristol Renaissance Faire Saturdays and Sundays through September 1, and Labor Day 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. rain or shine Off I-94 at the Illinois/Wisconsin border

  • Fun times await at the Lake County Fair

    You will find your fill of funnel cakes and donuts, cotton candy and corn dogs at the Lake County over the next five days. And beyond the food, there’s acres of entertainment. WGN’s Amy Rutlegde has a full fair preview. Lake County Fairgrounds 1060 East Peterson Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 Hours: Wed & Thurs: 10a-10p Fri & Sat: 10a – 11p Sun: 10a – 9p More info at  

  • Group helps to get lives back on track – through running

    We’ve been told of the countless benefits of running, but one group in Chicago is expanding that beyond the physical fitness. Back on My Feet is an organization working with three area homeless shelters that promotes the positive instead of the negative and improving more than physical fitness. After a month of regular group runs, program staff help members pave the way to personal success. Things like employment, financial aid and planning, networking, anything they say to give a hand […]

  • 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 […]