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
  • High tech protection coming to area prep football players

    It is that time of year: Back to school – and back to the football field for thousands of students across the Chicago area. The discussion over head injuries, their diagnosis and treatment remain a hot button issue. The Rosemont-based Riddell has a testing lab focused on growing trends in helmet technology. An ”Insite helmet” accounts for a players position and level of play. And four sensors in the helmet will initiate an alert. If an onfield hit is deemed […]

  • Going… going… POOF! Houdini items set for Chicago auction

    Harry Houdini’s amazing magic career took off just before the start of the 19 Century and today nearly 90 years after his death, he remains a household name. This week, many of his treasured items hit the auction block. Pieces of Houdini’s signature acts can be found among the more than 200 items going up for auction. Owning a piece of history won’t come cheap. Bids are expected to start at $25 dollars and go as high as $10,000. More […]

  • Volunteers fill Union Station to help feed starving children of the world

    Thousands of volunteers in Chicago are taking on a very serious task over the next two days: Feeding starving children across the world. Feed My Starving Children is a 25 year old organization that supplies 215 million meals a year to 70 countries around the world. At Union Station today and tomorrow – one of the organizations largest mobile packing events – will ultimately feed a half of a million kids in sub-Sahara Africa. The food will go mostly to […]

  • More than just horses: Fancy hats, cocktails & more at the Arlington Million

    WGN Features Reporter Amy Rutledge shows that there’s more to the Arlington Million than horses.

  • Pole dancers perform, teach their art

    It’s been around for decades, and in recent years it has taken on a whole new crowd of enthusiasts. This weekend, hundreds of pole dancing performers converge on St. Charles for the North American Pole Dance Championships and Great Midwest Pole Dance Convention. “It’s grown quite a bit much faster than we ever expected,” event organizer Mary Ellyn Weissman said. Since it started four years ago, the show has tripled in attendance and duration and expanded its competition internationally. The […]

  • Bright Sky, Bright Future: CPS student gets ride of a lifetime

    He’s never even been in a commercial plane before and today a very lucky Chicago Public School student jumped onboard with legendary pilot Sean D Tucker for a ride that very well could change his future forever. 17-year-old South Shore resident Malik Baker is a senior at the Chicago Military Academy and a police and firefighting training academy standout. Baker was chosen to go up with aviation legend Tucker and fly alongside two Blue Angles as part of the Young […]

  • Chicago students celebrate Back to School with party, supplies

    The days of goofy fun with friends are nearly over, much to the dismay of kids all across the area. But for a group of Chicago YMCA students, they won’t be going back to class empty handed thanks to the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation. More than 75,000 school supplies were donated today to 20,000 Chicago-area students. 500 of those students were on hand at the Broadway Park Armory for a Back To School distribution and celebration.   The event was […]

  • Favorites of yesteryear could be worth money, Toy Scout’s honor

    Everything from lunchboxes to games to some of our favorite characters of yesteryear, are making their way into the hands of Joel MaGee: The Toy Scout. 12 months of the year, Joel scours the the country looking for the best toys of the 20th Century trading the items that defined our youth for cold hard cash. And for five days Joel will set up shop in different locations across Chicagoland looking for not necessarily the most perfect, but the most […]

  • Shedd celebrates Shark Week

      11 different species of shark call the Shedd Aquarium home. More than half live in the Wild Reef Exhibit and it is during Shark Week when the sharks shine and experts get to dispell the often exaggerated myths about the monsters of the deep. Amy Rutledge spoke with those experts and got up close and personal with the stars of the week. More info on the Shedd’s website

  • Prep team’s football dreams come true thanks to donations

    A preseason uniform fitting is not unusual at most schools this time of year, but very unexpected for the students at Butler College Prep in the Pullman neighborhood. They ended last year without a football team. But a visit from the CEO of Good Sports has turned Butler’s tide. In just a matter of months the nonprofit has managed to get this 1-year-old charter school $20,000 dollars in equipment to begin what is a very expensive program, especially for a […]


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