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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
  • Campgrounds opening in Cook County Forest Preserve

    PALATINE, Ill.– It’s been more than 50 –years since families have been able to pitch a tent and camp out in the Cook County Forest Preserve. That is changing later this month as the first of five new and improved sites open across the county. Just a couple of miles from Cook County civilization a whole new world is opening up in the forest preserves. County President Toni Preckwinkle shows us the first look inside the new camping experience at […]

  • We Day celebrates Chicago students making a difference

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — Excited teens and tweens from all across the state came together today for one common goal: Making change. At the first inaugural WE Day in Illinois students from 600 schools from across the state brought together to celebrate the good they are doing to make this world a better place. Chicago native Common was a co-chair for the event. There were no tickets for this event. Everything was free and by invite only. The only requirement was […]

  • Grant Park set to welcome NFL Draft

    CHICAGO — In just a matter of days Grant Park has transformed into a football fans slice of heaven. Draft Town officially opens its doors Thursday. Today, officials pulled back the curtain on what the experience will entail. For the football fanatics, Draft Town sits just feet from the draft itself. Newly selected players will immediately head to “Selection Square” for a question and answer session. Merchandise will be available just outside the square at AFC and NFC Row. There […]

  • NFL commissioner announces flag football program expansion for CPS students

    CHICAGO — Some kids from Chicago had a chance to play catch and run drills with some possible, future NFL players. Cather Elementary School children took part in a 2015 NFL Draft event in Grant Park on Wednesday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a flag-football program will expand to all CPS elementary school kids. Last year, nearly 200 Chicago schools received kits. This year, the NFL will help distribute 250-300 more kits. Goodell says it’s a way to have fun, […]

  • Chicago police honor 12-year-old South Side girl battling cancer

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Tuesday honored a girl who is fighting cancer. Bagpipes played as police gave 12-year-old Emily Beazley and her sister honorary stars at police headquarters. Emily is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and doctors say her chemotherapy treatment isn’t working. There’s been a huge outpouring of support for Emily and her family. A stretch of Homan Ave. in the Mount Greenwood neighbor was just named after her. Also,  Emily’s supporters have made a video appeal to pop star Taylor […]

  • Chicagoans raising money for native Nepal after earthquake

    CHICAGO — At least 3,800 people have died since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. Strong aftershocks have been hitting the decimated region ever since. 7,000 people are injured, but they’re struggling to get the medical care they need. Chicagoans, originally from Nepal, are now seeing the devastation of the area they used to know. Some community organizations already started fundraising. The Nepali American Center in Mount Prospect is collecting money online at “” The King Sweets Bakery, on the […]

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    ‘Science has failed Emily … she keeps fighting:’ Community rallies around brave girl battling cancer

    CHICAGO — Purple and green ribbons line just about every street in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood. Some homes are decorated in the vibrant colors while others are brightened with green lights on porches. It is all a show of support for 12-year-old Emily Beazley, a girl who’s battle with cancer has inspired people all across this South Side neighborhood.. Purple is Emily’s favorite color and today it brightened up schools and areas businesses and was also worn by the people […]

  • UIC athletes ‘spark’-ing random acts of kindness

    CHICAGO — Some UIC student athletes are getting together to form a new team.     But this effort isn’t about competition.   It is about helping people in need. SPARK – Students Performing Random Acts of Kindness. The group was formed six months ago to put an end to homelessness and hunger in Chicago. Every day this week, members have split up and hit city streets bringing meals to area homeless. The idea has also brightened the lives of the athletes. They […]

  • Merchandise Mart ‘DreamHome’ sparks ideas, inspiration

    CHICAGO – It’s as luxurious and sophisticated as they come: bold colors. beautiful fabrics and rich textures, put together by some of Chicago’s top designers, inside the Merchandise Mart’s annual “DreamHome.” While many would love to walk into a 20 by 20 foot foyer adorned with a beautiful large vintage chandelier, handcrafted table and colorful artwork, this is a dream home for a reason. But designers say its ideas can be a reality. Every piece in the Mart’s dream home, […]

  • CPS art students see city in a new way

    CHICAGO — A group of students in the CPS’s After School Matters program are got a perspective of Chicago like they’ve never experienced before. WGN’s Amy Rutledge rode along with them Thursday and tells us how they’ll incorporate what they see into what they’ll do.


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