Amy Rutledge

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.

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    Boombox could help startup dreams come true

    CHICAGO – Nestled into a plaza at Milwaukee and Ashland is a box which could help big dreams come true. Katherine Darnstadt is one of the designers behind the Boombox, a refurbished shipping container built to give retail opportunities to creative entrepreneurs. This week the product is Haman Cross III, or better yet his talents, and the Can Art Studio, a program designed to encourage creativity and collaboration in this neighborhood. For $20 visitors get 90 minutes to create with Haman. […]

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    Misericordia’s coffee program serves up a tasty brew

    CHICAGO – It is a very busy workday for employees in Misericordia’s coffee program. They will spend several hours weighting, measuring, and grinding coffee for Columbia Street Roastery. The program employs more than three dozen adults with developmental disabilities, working in two shifts every day Monday through Friday. From a small room with just a couple of workers to a full twice daily work schedule, John Herriott has watched Champaign-based Columbia Street Roastery’s work with Misericordia grow substantially in the […]

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    ‘Ashes To Go’ brings the church to busy worshippers

    CHICAGO — Reverand Ethan Jewett knows our fast-paced world doesn’t always slow down for church on Ash Wednesday. Here in Chicago’s financial district the day often starts and ends at six. So this morning church came to them. By eight this morning, Father Ethan – as he is called at Grace Episcopal Church in the South Loop – was crossing the foreheads of the very busy faithful, helping to mark the beginning of lent with a bit of ease. Many […]

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    Willis Tower to serve as glorious, emotional wedding backdrop for 6 couples

    CHICAGO — It will be a first in the Willis Tower’s 42-year history: a quarter mile above Chicago, 103 stories into the clouds, six lucky couples will look out onto breathtaking views as a very unique and romantic wedding ceremony takes their breath away this Valentine’s Day. For the last month, love birds interested in soaring above Chicago for their wedding were asked to submit videos via social media in a contest to win the chance to wed at the […]

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    One-of-a-kind program in Evanston shows dreams can come true

    EVANSTON, Ill. — It is 16,000 square feet of raw space. A blank canvas designed to let imaginations soar. At Hackstudio in Evanston, Ill., is a one of its kind program focused on making anything possible. Kids can explore their love of music, building, developing a line of bath products, landing a scooter jump, designing clothes, even becoming an entrepeneur. Mentors help participants navigate the learning process, as do the others in the program. Rules here at Hackstudio? Commit to getting […]

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    Getting ready for Paczki Day

    CHICAGO — In just seven days the indulgence that is Fat Tuesday will begin. But for much of the Midwest and especially here in Chicago, it’s more importantly Paczki Day. If you are unfamiliar, these delicious balls of sweet, sweet dough are paczki. The idea is simple: fluffy and filled with things like apple, custard, raspberries, fresh strawberries and cream to name a few. At Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston, Ill., nine different varieties have owner Jory Downer and his team […]

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    Downton Abbey’s real costumes in new Chicago exhibit

    CHICAGO – Get up close and personal to the costumes from hit British show Downton Abbey at a new exhibit in Chicago. “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” follows the first four seasons of the award winning PBS show features at the Driehaus Museum. 35 costumes are on show from the popular series, most of which were also original pieces from the time period. People can also experience that most English of traditions – high tea. And what’s most […]

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    Disney skating star talks life on the road

    CHICAGO — Depending on the day, Jamie Duenas will spend anywhere from 30 minutes to six plus hours a day in ice skates.. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love seeing the little girls, their faces light up when I skate out. You get to dress up like a princess every day, that has its perks too,” says Duenas. As Anna in “Disney on Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic,” Jamie plays the role of one the […]

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    Innovation Studio and Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry

    CHICAGO– Their fingers are flying, their minds racing. Seventh and eighth grade students from Carver Elementary are using innovation to solve problems and make a better world. Inside the Black Innovation studio at the Museum of Science and Industry, creativity is key. Students are tasked with trying, failing and modifying innovative designs. “One of the best ways to learn about science is hands on.” It is all part of MSI’s annual Black Creativity Program, celebrating the contributions by black innovators […]

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    Teacher buys new shoes for basketball team

    CHICAGO – Sure, they learn endurance and skill on the hardwood, but it was off the court earlier this week when seventh and eight grade basketball players at McNair Academy learned a lesson in giving. Doug Morrow, their coach and a special education teacher at the West Side school, gathered the team on the bench for what seemed like a reprimand. He at first told them they were in trouble, and to start sorting books. Seconds later came an unexpected […]


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