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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
  • Ferrari

    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:

  • Service is ‘Cleaning for a Reason’ – helping cancer patients

    Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit which partners local cleaning companies with women battling cancer. It’s a small gesture but one that can have a big impact on the people, removing the pressure of housework and adding the peace of mind it’s been done. Since Cleaning for a Reason began eight years ago, $4.5 million dollars in free maid services have been donated across the U.S. More than two dozen companies in Chicagoland have partnered with the organization, helping […]

  • Chicago celebrates Columbus Day

    Grey gloomy weather didn’t dampen spirits of those participating in today’s Columbus Day parade in Chicago. The festive music, the bright floats and hundreds of people rolled down State Street in tribute to Christopher Columbus and his contributions to the New World. Amy Rutledge has more.

  • Chicagoland Bricklayer Competition

    The search is on for the best bricklayer in the Chicago area. The Specmix Bricklayer 500 Regional Competition was held in Addison on Friday. The event featured masonry skills for quality and productivity and a chance to compete for cash, prizes and a trip to Las Vegas, NV for a National Competition.    

  • Weekend auction car lover’s dream

    Car enthusiasts can take a step back in time at this year’s Mecum Car Auction taking place this weekend. Over three days, one thousand cars will cross the auction block, that’s one every two and a half minutes, enticing collectors and good old fashion car lovers.   Info: Mecum Chicago Auction Schaumburg Convention Center 1551 Thoreau Dr N Oct. 9-11 Opens daily at 8am, tickets 20$


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