Amy Rutledge is an Emmy award winning reporter for WGN Evening News. 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.

Recent Articles
  • April snow causes slick roads, crashes during AM commute

    CHICAGO —  A Winter Weather Advisory in parts of the Chicago-area made for a messy commute. Multiple crashes were reported in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties in Illinois, as well as in northwest Indiana. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20 allowed accumulations of 1 to 2-inches.  The most accumulation was in counties generally along and north of Interstate 90, but there will be at least a dusting of snow with spotty slick spots in areas a little […]

  • Chicago and suburban March for Our Lives events: What you need to know

    CHICAGO — Millions of people will take part Saturday in first-ever March for Our Lives rally. The event is organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. According to their website: “March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, D.C., to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” The main march will be held in Washington D.C.  […]

  • Want a WGN News Super Fan Friday Flyover? Here’s how

    If you’re a WGN News Super Fan and want SkyCam9 to fly over your neighborhood, you’re in the right place! The flyovers happen on occasional Fridays, usually in our 7 a.m. newscasts and/or our 4 p.m. newscasts, weather and news coverage permitting. Scroll down to see examples of other flyovers. Please fill out the form below for a chance to get a  Friday Flyover — make sure you’re in WGN-TV’s local viewing area. Traffic reporters Sarah Jindra or Amy Rutledge […]

  • ‘One pot’ meth lab found in Indiana White Castle, police say

    HOBART, Ind. — Police found a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside a White Castle restaurant Friday in northwest Indiana. Officers were called to the White Castle at 7996 W. Ridge Rd. in Hobart, Ind., about 10:50 a.m. Friday for a report of a suspicious person, according to the Hobart Police Department. Police found a man with a “suspected one pot” meth lab, the department said in a statement. One man was taken into custody. Four officers were treated for exposure to chemicals. […]

  • Massive Tri-State expansion comes with consequences for residents

    HINSDALE, Ill. — A massive expansion planned for the Tri State Tollway will widen lanes and improve traffic congestion, hopefully for years to come. In some areas, like the Village of Hinsdale, it will means six driveable lanes in each direction and a flex lane for public transit. But all that construction comes with big consequences for people living near the tollway. Tollway chairman Bob Schillerstrom says they will talk with residents if they want to sell their homes but […]

  • ‘Mummies’ uses technology to unravel mysteries after thousands of years

    CHICAGO —  Some may be around 2,000 years old, but the mysteries of the mummies in the Field Museum’s newest exhibit have only unraveled in recent years thanks to modern technology. “CT scanning has really made a tremendous difference to how we approach mummies because before that we were afraid to do anything because we didn’t want to disturb the wrappings,” Field Museum conservator JP Brown said. CT scans have not only unlocked the secrets behind the deaths of these […]

  • Suiting up and climbing stairs, Amy and Sarah see what it’s like for first responders

    CHICAGO — On Sunday, teams of first responders will race up the stairs of Chicago’s Presidential Towers in the West Loop to raise money for a good cause. The event will raise money and awareness for the American Lung Association of greater Chicago. And the first responders will be wearing their heavy gear while doing it – 50 to 75 pounds. WGN’s Amy Rutledge and Sarah Jindra thought they’d give it a try too! More information on the Stair Climb […]

  • Demolition begins to make way for CTA ‘flyover’ in Lakeview

    CHICAGO — The cones are up, crews are out and demolition is getting underway in the Lakeview neighborhood in preparation for construction of the controversial “flyover” designed to ease congestion on the Red, Purple and Brown Lines. Renderings for the flyover were first debuted in 2015 and public hearings were held last year. Despite a public outcry to keep the neighborhood and the train system as-is, pre-construction is now underway on the $2 billion Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM), the […]

  • Semi truck driver struck and killed on Dan Ryan Expressway

    CHICAGO — A semi truck driver was struck and killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway, Illinois State Police say. The accident happened around 5 a.m. Friday in the southbound local lanes of I-94 at 31st Street. The semi driver pulled over on the shoulder and exited his vehicle. Shortly after exiting, he was struck by another semi trailer. It is unknown at this time why the driver exited his semi trailer. All local lanes of the expressway were closed at […]

  • Batavia Depot Museum highlights local history, oddities

    BATAVIA, Ill. — The Batavia Depot Museum might be small in size, but it’s huge in history. The museum at 155 Houston St. began as a train station in 1848. Since 1975, the site has housed hundreds of artifacts from Chicago’s western suburbs — highlighting everything from railroad history to dental devices. There’s even a bed from the sanitarium that housed Mary Todd Lincoln. Visitors will learn about morse code through an antique telegraph system, and gain new appreciation for […]