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, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.

Recent Articles
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    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — The DuPage Airport Authority and the city of West Chicago hosted a back to school celebration today at the DuPage Airport. Students had a chance to sit inside an airline cockpit and learn about plane instruments, take a tour of the FAA control tower, experience Civil Air Patrol flight simulators, and climb onto airport fire rescue trucks. WGN’s Skycam 9 helicopter was also on hand for the celebration. Students asked questions of the Skycam 9 pilot […]

  • PAWS Chicago in urgent need of foster families

    CHICAGO — The animal shelter PAWS Chicago says they are in desperate need of foster families. They say their medical center, located at 3516 W. 26th Street, is at capacity and running out of space, which prevents them from saving their usual volume of animals from high kill shelters. “We are in urgent need of foster families to step up and provide a loving temporary home for our dogs, cats, puppies and kittens,which will in turn make space available for us to […]

  • ‘Technology update’ leaves some Starbucks registers offline in Chicago, the U.S.

    Registers at some Starbucks locations in Chicago and across the country were offline Tuesday morning as the result of a technology update, prompting a surge of posts on social media by caffeine-hungry customers as the company scrambled to bring the systems online. According to a Starbucks spokesperson, the company installed a “technology update” in its registers in locations in the U.S. and Canada overnight, but some locations were offline Tuesday morning. Customers reported outages to WGN throughout the Chicago area, including Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Lawn, ​New […]

  • First-ever American Writers Museum celebrates the written word in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Literary giants and local leaders cut the ribbon on the nation’s very first American Writers Museum Monday afternoon. Centered in the heart of downtown Chicago, the museum features interactive exhibits designed to educate and provoke future writers. It’s a space to celebrate the written word and the men and women who bring it to life. Famed american author, Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient David McCullough said he hoped the museum would entice a new generation of writers in […]

  • Family’s hilarious (possibly mortifying) bus stop sendoff a hit on social media

    WINFIELD, Ill. — A  suburban family in Winfield is becoming a big hit in its community thanks to the creative approach the parents are taking to keep a smile on the kids’ faces. It all started last year when the Murray’s oldest was starting 7th grade.  The big, loving family wanted to help her start her day off on the right foot with a big smile across her face. And the tradition has continued. They spread happiness to their now 13-year-old […]

  • Thinking of DNA testing? Which one is the best for you?

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  • Man dragged off United flight reaches settlement with airline

    CHICAGO — A man who was dragged off a United flight reached an “amicable settlement” with the airline Thursday. A condition of the settlement is that the amount remains confidential. Earlier this month, Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a Louisville, Kentucky-bound and overbooked United at Chicago O’Hare International Airport after there were no volunteers to rebook. Several passengers recorded the incident on their phones and posted video on social media, where the footage went viral. Dao’s attorney Thomas […]

  • Young Cubs fan gets heartwarming birthday surprise after father wins essay contest

    CHICAGO – A young Chicago Cubs fan got a well-deserved birthday surprise today. 9-year-old Josiah Lebron was sitting in his classroom at Luther Burbank Elementary today when a few familiar faces appeared. Josiah’s father, Luis Lebron, was joined by Clark, the beloved Cubs mascot, to help deliver some pretty cool gear from his favorite player – Javy Baez. But that wasn’t all. Josiah’s dad also won him tickets to his very first Cubs game and a special ballpark experience through […]

  • Student banned from class over hair color

    CHICAGO — A student at a Chicago charter high school says she’s been banned from class all because of her hair color. Daisy Chavero has been out of class for five days. The freshman at Chicago Bulls College Prep on the West Side says she colored her hair last Thursday and when she came to school she was immediately sent to detention. Daisy’s mother Angie did try to return her daughter’s hair to a more natural color by using a […]

  • Students learn valuable lesson through friends from the Shedd

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