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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    Field Museum home to legendary new Greek exhibit

    CHICAGO — Step back to around 3200 B.C., the first section of the large six-part exhibit, and explore the very beginnings of Greek culture and ultimately its impact on our history today. The Field Museum’s latest exhibit, The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, is a physical history book covering five thousand years of ancient times still influencing our lives today. The historic moments are examined chronologically at the Field Museum, with more than 500 pieces: a gold replica of […]

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    Archbishop Cupich, church volunteers hand out Thanksgiving meals to families in need

    CHICAGO — Wednesday saw a quick prayer and meeting with volunteers inside St. Columbanus church on the city’s South Side, and a very busy morning of giving began. Archbishop Blasé Cupich joined dozens of volunteers from churches across Chicagoland, handing out Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the Park Manor and Grand Crossing neighborhoods. Festive music played as turkeys were passed out, with all the trimmings. Tables and boxes were full of salads, potatoes, rolls and green beans — […]

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    A look at David Weinberg’s “Transfluent”

    CHICAGO– They are photographs, sculptures, installations, bright bold colors and concepts making up the pearly foam exhibit at David Weinberg photography. Three artists and their unique ways of looking at the transgender community and how it’s perceived. Curtator Meg Noe looking for work outside of the physical body and body politics of the transgender community.. This exhibit and a second at the center on Halsted part of transfluent—a three month long program questioning and educating the public on issues facing […]

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    MSI’s Christmas Around the World lights up hearts, minds

    CHICAGO — The switch was flipped today at The Museum of Science and Industry on a time honored tradition. The high tech future is keeping one of MSI’s oldest traditions alive: Christmas Around The World. 51 beautifully decorated tress now line the museum’s main floor.  When Christmas Around the World started here 74 years ago during World War II, there was only one. Today each of the 12 foot trees is decorated by a volunteer group representing different ethnic communities across […]

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    Turkey’s time to shine: Family farm gears up for another busy season

    WATERMAN, Ill. — Raising turkeys has been Robert Kauffman’s life since his grandfather first started out. “They started the first flock in ‘33 and its been getting bigger,” he says. He’s been involved in the family business since a small child. Now the man is raising around 70,000 turkey’s a year making Hoka Turkey and the Kauffman Turkey Farm in Waterman, Illinois the largest turkey farm in the state. Located about 70 miles west of Chicago, the birds are under […]

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    ‘Chi-raq’ actress hopes controversial film sparks change, not negativity

    CHICAGO — Erica Watson never expected to be where she is today. Growing up on the South Side, she dreamed of a life behind the lens. It was her desire to make movies that propelled her into acting. After film school she moved to New York and did stand-up comedy to fund her independent films. From stand-up she landed roles in movies like “Precious” and “Dirty Laundry” and landed several different spots on the smaller screen. In early December she […]

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    Sweet treats as far as the eye can see at baking show

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. 00 Dozens of vendors and samples of just about every cookie, cake and candy you could imagine await at the annual America’s Baking and Sweets Show. Beautifully crafted wedding cake, chocolate covered Twinkies, gummy bear kabobs, candy coated pears the size of your head as well as gorgeous gems and jewelry, which are completely edible. If you want to get fancy in the kitchen yourself there are plenty of demos to help you do it. There’s fun for […]

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    Stuck at work, but your dog needs a walk? There’s an app for that

    For busy Chicago pet parents, help may be as close as your smart phone. A new app called Wag offers regularly scheduled or on-demand dog walking for owners. Simply tap the ‘ASAP’ button and in under an hour a walker comes to the rescue.  Owners can monitor it all on their cell phones. Once the walker gets to the house, they tap a button that says they’ve arrived and it alerts owners.  Once they start the walk they tap another […]

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    Chicagoland marks Veterans Day with moving ceremonies, tributes

    CHICAGO — With the sun barely peeking into the morning sky, members of Team Red, White and Blue were out in the fresh air in Lincoln Park, starting the day off as many servicemen and women would. A morning workout was performed all across the country today by the 90,000 members of this non-profit — veterans and civilians alike — in tribute to vets everywhere and in hopes of getting them any help they need. The group’s purpose is to […]

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    Pachyderm protein: Circus celebrates cancer discovery

    CHICAGO — Today the circus came to kids at Rush University Medical Center for a celebration of science. A massive discovery was made in conjunction with Ringling Bros. elephants and a pediatric oncologist in Utah.  They discovered elephants are massive cancer killing machines. The doctors studied blood draws taken from Ringling elephants at its center for elephant conservation in Florida. Researchers determined elephants carry 20 copies of the P-53 gene. The protein is supposed to protect you from cancer. Humans only […]


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