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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
  • Love Elf on the Shelf? The real deal hits Chicago to spread cheer

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  • Class makes drama of high school a hit on YouTube

    They may not be the next DiCaprio or Scorsese yet, but a group of seniors from Chicago’s Whitney Young High School are turning more than just a few heads with their production of Hallways of our Lives. It is a soap opera parody written, directed, shot, edited and starred in by students in Whitney Young’s honors TV production class. It airs each Wednesday across campus as part of the school’s longer weekly TV production, but the often ridiculous story line […]

  • ‘Flavor tripping’ at new cafe in Chicago

    His brain operates half science, half chef and Homaro Cantu’s newest creation Berrista is a sweet marriage of both – without the guilt. He calls it healthy junk food and there is no sugar on his pastries – thanks to the so called miracle berry. Chef Cantu calls it flavor tripping and it’s something he’s dabbled in for years at his restaurants Moto and the shuttered Ing.   At Berrista Café in Old Irving Park, it is a focal point of […]

  • North Side center offers workshops to help you make unique gifts

    On the city’s North Side, you can watch glass blowers create holiday art before your very eyes – and even create your own. The Lillstreet Art Center is offering workshops so that you can create a unique, handmade gifts for someone on your list. Amy Rutledge tried her hand at it and has the story.   Lillstreet Art Center 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 769-4226  

  • Rosemont? More like, ‘Frozemont’

    Chicago is expecting a warmup this weekend,  but still, Rosemont has officially turned into “Frozemont.” Part of the festivities: a four-story tube hill, which will open this weekend. WGN’s Amy Rutledge tried it out Friday.

  • Special flight held for kids, families who have lost loved ones in active duty

    An early morning flight out of O’Hare this morning was brightened by carolers, clowns, Santa and his elves. It was a little holiday magic, and most importantly a sense of love and support, for Chicago families with one difficult aspect in common. Each has lost a parent or a spouse in active military duty. Today they flew out of Chicago to build happy holiday memories onboard the Snowball Express. Parties similar to this one were held across the U.S. today […]

  • Field Museum scientists prep mummy for debut 2500 years in the making

    It is a historic week at Chicago’s Field Museum as scientists open the coffin of 2500 year old Egyptian mummy. This is the first time Field researchers have opened his wooden coffin. They say it was likely opened in the late 1800’s and moved sometime after that. The mummy, named Minirdis, is scheduled to be part of a traveling exhibit next year, but not until it is painstakingly repaired enough for travel. Experts believe Minirdis was between 12 and 14-years-old […]

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    Purses with a Purpose: Suburban cancer patient works to educate, outfit others

    And on any given day you will find Gwen Rich working countless hours on her handbags. It is a project with a purpose , developed after this north suburban business woman and mother of four was diagnosed with terminal stage four metastatic breast cancer. Gwen’s breast cancer is in her spine.   It was undetected by doctors for eight years as she sought treatment for spinal stenosis or compression around her spine. By her 2012 cancer diagnosis, the time for treatment […]

  • Chicago coworkers bust some moves during advent dance-off

    They are young professionals, colleagues at a downtown ad agency who were tirelessly working their fingers to the bone and in need of a creative outlet – and thus, The Rudolph Dance off was born. Founders Peter Frederiksen and Matt Monnin describe it as two dudes, 25 days and 25 dance offs -and you get to decide who you like best. Rudolph Dance Off is an online advent calendar where for the entire month of December. Peter and Matt hope […]

  • Family fun at Winter Wonderfest

    It’s time again for the Winter Wonderfest at Chicago’s Navy Pier. It invited Chicagoans to enjoy winter thrills without the chills calling it “Chicago’s biggest and best winter playground” — indoors. Amy Rutledge has the details.   Winter Wonderfest: Dec. 5 – Jan. 11th General admission – $5  


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