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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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