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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    Local student one of just 39 selected to be part of national Kids Press Corp.

    Hundreds of journalists from around the world converged on Chicago last week as President Obama gave his farewell address. But what you likely didn’t see hidden below the TV lights, cameras and broadcasting equipment was the youngest journalist allowed in the press area: 13-year-old Chicagoan Joseph Gorman. And like the pros, Joey was hard at work.  He conducted interviews, took pictures and got himself prepped for his biggest, and first, assignment ever. The start of an exciting future in journalism […]

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    Sea of Cubbie blue at annual fan convention

    CHICAGO – By noon fans were already packed in the check in line – anxiously awaiting the chance to get inside.. A sea of Cubbie blue is flooding downtown Chicago this weekend. Happy fans bursting with pride, and Cubs paraphernalia, are celebrating the team that finally brought home the Commissioners Trophy at the annual Cubs Convention. There’s plenty for fans to do, from sifting through and buying merchandise, watching a Louisville Slugger bat-making demo, even meeting Cubs legends. An enormous […]

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    Summer dreaming at the annual Boat Show

    CHICAGO — Since you can’t bask in the warm summer sunshine just yet, you can at least start dreaming of plans to do so at the 87th Annual Boat, RV and Strictly Sail show at McCormick Place. And since you can dream big on some of the yachts and sail boats. And if you don’t have sea legs, there are nearly 100 RV’s to explore. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more.   87th Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show Through […]

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    NU grad also says farewell as Obama’s speech writer

    In his eight years, President Obama has given more than 3500 speeches, public addresses and  statements. The man who heads his speech writing team, Cody Keenan, is also a Chicago native who has been with the president since 2007. Keenan is the director of speech writing and born and largely raised in Chicago. He is a Northwestern University grad who began working full time for the president in 2008. Keenan says Tuesday night’s speech, while very poignant, wasn’t the most […]

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    How your favorite pet can help make your favorite sweater

    EVANSTON — Kindred Spirits Healing Arts in Evanston is where Jeannie Sanke takes her three dogs to keep them healthy, but it is their fur that’s her business. Chiengora –  “Chien” is French for dog and “Gora” is  derived from angora – is the ancient art of spinning dog hair that has been around for thousands of years. Jeannie started making custom pieces about two years ago.  Everything from sweaters, gloves, ponchos, scarves, hats, even a Teddy Bear, all made […]

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    Dramatic campus shooting drill leaves students, staff with lessons, emotions

    JOLIET, Ill. –  The student and faculty of Joliet Junior College took part in an active shooter drill Thursday. Two different scenes played out. One was in a common area and another involved an angry student and teacher, put on by actors in six classrooms.  Participants were tasked with handling the situation as it unfolded. The scenes were jarring and dramatic with confusion, commotion, loud noises and emotions running high – exactly as they would had this been a real […]

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    Woman turns struggle with postpartum pounds into a new career

    CHICAGO — Rebecca Gahan has been thin most of her life, but it took becoming a mother to get her as fit and happy as she is now. At 28 years old she gave birth to the first of her three children, and gained 50 pounds. While suffering from postpartum depression she turned to a personal trainer to get back on track, and did it all while raising her son and traveling extensively in IT sales for corporate America. Later, when baby number […]

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    Here’s how Illinois laws taking effect in 2017 may affect you

    Hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2017, and they will do everything from tweaking legalese (they’re “Public Hunting Grounds for Game Birds,” okay?) to regulating how long after “candling” an egg can be sold  (45 days, FYI). But what do they mean for you? Here are just a few ways you may be affected, depending on who you are: For women No more “Tampon tax!” An update to the tax code […]

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    After tough month, Harvey boy honored by police department

    Wednesday was  an exciting day for a young suburban boy whose previous month has been exceptionally hard. 5-year-old Tyron Hardin Jr fulfilled a dream today thanks to help from the Harvey Police Dept. Tyrone’s father, Tyrone Hardin Sr, a CN railroad security officer, was shot and killed on the job last month. Wednesday, Tyrone was given the oath of a police officer by Harvey Mayor Erik J Kellogg. He was introduced to his fellow officers and given an extensive department […]

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    Kwanzaa celebrations underway in Chicago

    CHICAGO — It was a festive afternoon inside the DuSable Museum as Kwanzaa celebrations kicked off before a packed house of celebrants Tuesday. The holiday, established 50 years ago, reconnects African-Americans to their roots and their culture. Unity, one of the seven principals of Kwanzaa, was one of the main themes emphasized by speakers as another candle was lit as part of the ceremonies observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Amy Rutledge has more.