Amy Rutledge
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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
  • Chicago libraries start a new kind of storytime

    CHICAGO — A new Chicago public library program is aiming to help kids who can be under, or overly, stimulated. 5-year-old Dominick is very similar to other boys his age; curious and full of life. But he reacts to the world around him a little differently than others. Two years ago, Dominick’s parents discovered he has sensory processing issues and can be overstimulated by simple sounds, sights and movements. Experts say as many as 16 percent of school aged kids […]

  • Blackhawks fans fire back at Emilio Estevez for Ducks tweets

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks had a little love from Hollywood pushing them through the game Monday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Social media exploded after actor Emilio Estevez live-tweeted during the game, channeling one of his more popular movie characters from the ‘90s hit, “The Mighty Ducks.” WGN’S Amy Rutledge has been watching some of the big stories trending Tuesday.

  • Algonquin dentist puts big smile on Vietnam veteran

    ALGONQUIN, Ill.– Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner– a time to say thank you to our vets for their service and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremonies and events can be beautiful but one Chicago-area dentist wanted to give thanks that would last a lifetime. While he didn’t serve himself, Dr. Tim Stirneman has always been touched by military veterans. His grandfather served in world war two and his father in Vietnam—and he […]

  • Students team up to tackle problems using science, technology, engineering and math

    CHICAGO — About 600 students have come together in Chicago to work alongside each other and help tackle, and possibly solve, some of the problems facing us and the rest of the world. They are tackling tough topics like reducing ballistic missile threats, lowering the rate of heart attacks and finding cost effective renewable energy sources. 18 high schools across the state are teaming up with the Illinois Science Technology Coalition to develop solutions in science, technology, engineering and math […]

  • An America’s Cup racing experience, right here in Chicago

    CHICAGO — She is 80 feet long, with a mast 11 stories high. She carries a 45,000 pound weight 14 feet below the water, but is only 6,000 pounds above. She made a run at the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2000, and now, for the first time, you can race the Abracadabra in Chicago. This summer Paul Schulz and his Next Level Sailing co-founder Ryan Weber are bringing two high tech yachts – the Abracadabra and Stars and Stripes […]

  • Young newscasters celebrate major milestone

    WINNETKA, Ill. — Four days a week a group of students at a suburban school put on a new edition of WGST Morning Mews, the World’s Greatest Student Televison. Today they celebrated a major milestone and aired their 2000th episode. For the last 14 years, Hubbard Woods School, specifically its 4th grade class, has broadcast its very own student run news program in a small studio in the schools basement. There’s anchors, meteorologist and a student production crew. In 2000 […]

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    Students get a little help and chance to ‘dress for success’

    CHICAGO — Finding a job can be tough for anyone, especially that first one out of school. Worrying about your resume, what to say and how to act can be overwhelming for those inching their way into the business world. A group of students, many just weeks from graduation from Computer Systems Institute in the Loop, got one final lesson in preparation for landing that job: How to dress for success. Dressing for the job they want is a lesson […]

  • Unusual prize at stake in very unusual contest at Lakeview bar

    CHICAGO — An unusual contest is underway on the North Side to raise money for charities It’s a contest that tests contestants’ ability to stay put. 11 strangers will stand for three days touching a pinball machine at a Lakeview bar. The last person standing walks away with a $6500 dollar Metallica themed pinball machine. There’s a long list of strict rules and refs to keep everyone in check. They get 15 minute breaks every two hours to rest the […]

  • Chicago students use optical illusions to trick the brain

    CHICAGO — Watch the picture carefully, as WGN’s camera shoots down the canvas. The seemingly flat surface appears to shift and sway, accentuating the picture’s depth, tricking the mind with an optical illusion. Step in a little closer. That view is actually made possible with three pyramids, wedges of varying size sticking out a foot from the canvas. It is called “reverspective.” Check out Amy Rutledge’s full story in the video above.

  • Circus training program in Chicago one of largest in U.S.

    It takes a lot of heart, dedication and endless hours of training – to get really good and that’s where Aloft Loft comes in. The contemporary circus training program is one of the largest in the United States– offering recreational programs in everything from trapeze, acrobatics, tight wire and aerial skills to hardcore circus training for those hoping to make this a career. Amanda Crockett is a coach and program director for the school’s full time pre-professional program – now […]


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