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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
  • Recycling flowers to give to someone in need

    CHICAGO — You know, sometimes all it takes is a bouquet of flowers to brighten someone’s day. And one charity recycles flowers while they’re still in bloom. They include flowers previously used for a wedding, a banquet — even a funeral. “Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country,” according to the organization’s Web site. For more information, you can […]

  • A meat bonanza best served on Super Bowl Sunday

    What would Super Bowl Sunday be without a little meat to go with the old pigskin? Well, the guys at Big Guys Sausage have come up with a feast with more than a few favorites. The man behind the meat, Brendan O’Connor, schooled WGN in the intricacies of cooking a cased-meat bonanza. Meat and potatoes to start, everything homemade, start to finish — like their loaded baked potato chips. Then it’s on to the big dishes, the classics: Italian beef […]

  • A look inside the International School of Comics

    CHICAGO– They are the characters and stories that defined our childhoods; superheroes, loveable friends, illustrations brought to life by our imaginations and some very talented artists. Amy Rutledge visits the International School of Comics Chicago For more information visit

  • A makeover from your own home closet?

    Time for a new look in the new year? You may be surprised to find the “new” is already in your closet — if you know what to look for and what to lose. Catenya McHenry is not only a stylist, but more importantly in this case, a “restylist”: She helps to first and foremost purge what is probably 15 to 20 years of clothes. With the bad out, you can then dive in to refocus the good. Catenya’s rule: […]

  • Backyard rink envy of suburban neighborhood

    LAKEWOOD, Ill. — Tom Fox has brought his love of skating home. He was born in Canada and has been skating since he was 2-years-old. Now with 6-year-old daughter Sydney getting in the game, he said it just makes sense for him to put an ice rink in his backyard. The 20 by 40 foot winter wonderland is perfectly constructed and safe for the smaller set, with the walls of this homemade rink covered in foam and rubber pads like […]

  • Chicago photographer helps shelter dogs look picture perfect

    CHICAGO — Three years ago, Josh Feeney walked into Chicago Animal Care and Control to volunteer and saw a desperate need for one of his biggest passions. “So many dogs come in and they have bad pictures of them taken, and people assess a dog at their cage, and its scared, its crying, so I thought I can try and take some pictures, I can try and network on social media,” Feeney said. With his devotion for dogs and talented photography, Josh is on a mission to change […]

  • Behind the scenes at the Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show

    CHICAGO —  When winter hits here in Chicago, and the temps drop, and the snow starts to pile up, many of us start to dream about warm weather and boating on the lake. Well now you can check out the Boat Show here in Chicago this week, and this year the show is bigger than before, with a new addition. WGN’s Amy Rutledge takes a look. More info: Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show January 14-18, 2015 McCormick Place, South […]

  • Puppets get new life in Chicago thanks to international festival

    We remember what puppets meant during our childhood, but Wednesday in Chicago, puppetry took on a whole new life. It took master puppeteer Blair Thomas two years to bring together this event: 10 days, 12 different locations and 50 different events focused on puppet theatre. Wednesday saw the rehearsal of “The Selfish Giant,” a performance Thomas will be directing during Chicago’s first ever International Puppet Theatre Festival, which officially kicked off Wednesday. From Chicago to France, companies from across the globe […]

  • Rock climbers find their paradise in West Loop

    CHICAGO — It’s 25,000 square feet of a rock climber’s paradise. Leading, top roping, bouldering: Climbing terms Amy Rutledge learned this week, but routes fans of the sport will be happy to find lining the walls of Brooklyn Boulders, the city’s newest and largest indoor climbing facility located in the West Loop. If climbing isn’t your thing, there are dozens of classes and equipment to get the whole family fit, local artwork showcased throughout the facility, and a place to boost […]

  • Chicago teen finds herself an Olympic hopeful

    CHICAGO — 13-year-old Joan Kemper rides horses, likes to run, plays softball, and can even navigate surf and snowboards pretty well. And in the not too distant future, she may be able to add junior Olympian to her resume. The luge is not a sport she`s really ever tried, but one experts think she might be good at — thanks to her dad Bo, who caught an ad for a slider search in the paper this past summer. And so […]


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