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


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    Sixth grader grows half-ton monster pumpkin in her backyard

    WHEATON, Ill. – Before school, 11-year-old Carena Adkins has just a few minutes to prune her pumpkin patch. That little bit of TLC, every day since April, helped one of the gourds grow, and grow, and grow into a monster. Now it weighs over half a ton. “I like to watch it get bigger and bigger each day,” Carena said. The Wheaton sixth grader said she plans on entering the pumpkin in a weigh off contest this weekend. It’s only […]

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    Chicago kids share thoughtful insights on presidential elections

    CHICAGO – Kids may not be able to vote in the election on November 8th, but that doesn’t mean they’re not paying attention to the contentious election season we’ve witnessed so far. WGN’s Amy Rutledge set out to ask Chicago area kids what is important to them come Election Day. What do they think about the candidates, their campaigns and the causes at hand? Their thoughtful answers show you don’t have to be old enough to vote in the election […]

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    Students suprised with scooters in fun lesson of pay it forward

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    Are throwing axes the new darts?

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    Urban farms bring free, local produce to area food deserts

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    Work begins on Humboldt Park homeless center’s expansion

    CHICAGO — Six years of planning and fundraising became a reality for La Casa Norte Friday. In under two years, a five story, five lot mixed use facility will be built in  Humboldt Park.  It will expand the organizations mission to help young people and families dealing with homelessness. Sol Flores, the organizations executive director, says La Casa Norte serves about 2000 people every year, with the new 50,000 square foot facility that will include housing units as well as a […]

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    Dogs get the star treatment at Chicago hotel

    Even dogs need a little break once in a while and the Kinzie Hotel in River North has come up with a way to pamper your pooch. The hotel is out to become the most dog friendly hotel in the city with its new “Pamper your Pooch” package. The goods start at check-in with a present full of local Chicago products. Rooms come with a fluffy dog bed and the hotel has partnered with Chestnut and Grace, a new gourmet […]

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    Swimmer Diana Nyad: ‘What I remember is the not giving up’

    Two and a half days. That’s how long it took Diana Nyad to swim from Cuba to Florida three years ago.  And her life journeys are far from over yet. Now a motivational speaker and author, Diana was in Chicago today. At 67-years-old she is still taking on the world, touring the country, appearing at speaking engagements and enjoying the things and events which have come her way since she reached a beach in Key West Florida in September 2013.  […]

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    Jolinda Wade, mother of Dwyane Wade, performs on WGN, calls for end to violence

    CHICAGO — Nerves were a bit high this morning as Jolinda Wade – better known on this day as Mama Wade – and the Mamas prepared to perform their song “Raise my Child” live on the WGN Midday News. Penned by the South Side pastor, it was their first performance outside the church and followed another weekend of violence in Chicago. Wade’s own sister Diann Aldridge is now helping raise four grandkids after their mother was shot and killed pushing her baby […]

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    Man’s solo rowing adventure on homemade boat to benefit childhood cancer

    Today marks the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It also marks the countdown to a major undertaking by a west suburban man bringing attention to one of the most aggressive forms. In 29 days Jake Beckley will set off on a 65 mile solo rowing adventure across Lake Michigan in his own homemade boat. The magnitude matches the meaning behind Jake’s quest – to raise money and awareness for neuroblastoma – the most aggressive and one of the most […]